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We Can’t Know for Sure

We want to know how and when. And we want to know now! In our age of information, we have little patience for situations that aren’t easily answered with data, definitive answers, and quick fixes. We just want to take a pill or pay the bill and get on with things. Yet, there are so […]

How Will Our Story End?

“I’m not going by fire or water,” said Sue. “Me neither,” I responded. “And I’m certainly not I doing cancer. “ “Then how would you want to go,” Sue asked? My dear friend, Sue and I have had some pretty odd discussions over the years, but this was one few people like to discuss. Death […]

Sacrificing for God’s Mission

Following what we believe to be God’s direction often comes with great sacrifice. The mission and ministry presented to us may require parting with those people and things we hold most dear. Such was the way with Saint Theodora/Mother Theodore and the other sisters who left their home in France, which most would never see […]

Presenting to the Father What Belongs to Him

After the birth of Jesus, Mary and Joseph followed their obligation to Hebrew Law and journeyed to Jerusalem. At great physical and financial challenge, they went to the temple for purification, to offer sacrifices, and present Jesus to the Lord. Scripture says, “They brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord, (as […]

Jesus, I Trust in You

“For the sake of His sorrowful passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.” These were the words that popped into my head while undergoing a recent medical test. The test itself wasn’t difficult, but the results had potentially serious implications. I pray often, my favorite prayers being the Hail Mary and Our […]

How Do You Know What God Wants?

Page from Saint Theodora and Her Promise to God. The Story of Mother Theodore Guerin written by Mary K. Doyle, Illustrated by Phil Velikan available from amazon.com, the Sisters of Providence Gift Shop, and my website. (You can see more posts on my Facebook page and my other blog, Midwest Mary.)

Baptized with the Spirit

“And a voice from heaven said, ‘This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased” (Matthew 3:17). The Baptism of Jesus is rich in symbolism and an indication of a God who loves us. As the epitome of fatherhood, God guides us toward becoming more than a follower but a true reflection of […]

The Magician’s Escape Plan

For all the years Marshall’s continued his downward spiral into Alzheimer’s disease, he’s remained otherwise healthy. He’s had symptoms disruptive to daily living since at least 2004. That’s 15 years and counting. Today what he typically remembers of his past is jumbled, understands little of what’s happening in the present, and he needs assistance with […]

Simpler, Yet Demanding Time

Don’t you wonder what Christmas time was like for Saint Theodora/Mother Theodore and her sisters? No doubt, their home in the mid-1800s was not as warm and cozy as ours today. Nor was their table filled with the abundance most of us enjoy. The simpler time was less stressful in some ways and more challenging […]

The King’s Birth

“And Joseph too went up from Galilee from the town of Nazareth to Judea, to the city of David that is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David to be enrolled with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. While they were there, the time came for her to have […]