Category Seven Principles of Sainthood

She Trusted That God Had a Better Plan

“After eight years, Sister St. Theodore was sent to another school. She did not want to leave the children in Rennes, but she trusted that God had another plan for her. The new school was in the small town of Soulaines. When Sister St. Theodore was not teaching, she spent time studying with a doctor. […]

Spoke Too Soon

“It would be better to be guarded in your words than always asking pardon.” Saint Theodora/Mother Theodore Guerin One of the greatest benefits of writing is the ability to edit. We have opportunity to reflect and correct before publishing. All too often, our spoken words need to be clarified. We hear our own ridiculousness and […]

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 […]

Living a Saintly Life

All Christians are called to be saints, holy people believed to be close to God. This goal is achieved by striving to hold God in the center of our life. When God is in the forefront of our every thought, word, and action, we move closer to the Almighty One. In Seven Principles of Sainthood […]

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.)

Happy St Theodora/Mother Theodore Feast Day

Today is the feast day of Saint Theodora/Saint Mother Theodore Guérin. Known by both names, this incredible woman was a pioneer on the American frontier, evangelist, teacher, visionary, mentor, caregiver to the sick and poor, leader, and founder of the Sisters of Providence of St. Mary-of-the-Woods religious community and the college known as St. Mary-of-the-Woods. […]

Behind Convent Walls

To most of my classmates at Our Lady of the Angels Catholic elementary school in Chicago, our teachers, the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, were quite mysterious. Except for their face and hands, the sisters remained hidden behind an outfit known as a habit and they all lived together in a special […]

Plastic Water

How much plastic do you want in your water? A recent study conducted by the State University of New York tested 259 plastic bottles of water from 11 popular brands including Aquafina, Dasani, Evian, Nestle Pure Life, and San Pellegrino. Results showed 93% of the bottles contained various levels of microplastics. Although not all bottles […]

Education for Better Living

Saint Theodora/Mother Theodore Guerin believed the best way to solve the issues of poverty and inequality is through education. Education increases the realm of employment opportunities, thereby enhancing the ability to provide for one’s family. Better employment positions lead to more lucrative jobs. When St. Mary-of-the-Woods College opened its doors in 1840 no other school […]

Hungry in America

One of the first members of clergy Saint Theodora met upon arriving in Indiana in 1840 was a young priest, about the age of 28, who was dressed in rags. “So Extreme was his poverty and so complete his destitution, that I shall run the risk of being accused of exaggeration in describing it,” said […]