Category Seven Principles of Sainthood

God Protects Us

“Providence” was one of St. Theodora/Mother Theodore Guerin’s favorite words. “Trust in Providence” and “Lean on Providence” were her mottos. What’s more, she was a Sister of Providence in France and then the founder of the Sisters of Providence of St. Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana. She truly placed her life and those of her community in the […]

Become a Providence Associate

Joining a religious organization isn’t the life most of us can commit to. We don’t envision our lives as priests, brothers, or sisters. But many of us do want to connect with a religious community as a layperson, and many communities offer such an option. The Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the Woods, Indiana is one […]

Presidential Prayer

Saint Theodora, also known as Saint Mother Theodore Guerin, arrived in the United States in 1842. The country’s political atmosphere rocked with issues of injustice. Women had little to no rights, Native Americans, Irish immigrants, and Catholics were prohibited from entering many establishments or applying for many jobs, and slavery of people from Africa and […]

Follow the One

Who are your role models? Who are your children’s? Movie stars, singers, politicians, and leaders of all types will let you down. Only Jesus offers us a pure model to follow. God incarnated in the human form of Jesus to show us the way. He is our rule book to heaven. We also are surrounded […]

In the Presence of a Saint

Relics are important avenues for prayer that are often misunderstood. These sacramentals are means to enhance our prayer life, bring us closer to the deceased saint, and ultimately, closer to God. Revering relics isn’t just a “Catholic thing.” We have references of relics and extraordinary results after coming near them noted in both the Hebrew […]

Our Saint Mother Theodore/Theodora

Ten years ago today, I stood in St Peter square for the canonization of our beloved Mother Theodore Guerin. Our party of 500, including Sisters of Providence and laity from St. Mary of the Woods College, joined tens of thousands of others to witness this momentous event. The pride and excitement that emanated from all of us […]

Reaching Towards Sainthood

We live in a remarkable age to have so many saints canonized in our lifetime that we’ve gotten to know up close and personal.Because of public media, we’ve seen Pope John XXIII, Pope John Paul II, Padre Pio, and Mother Teresa on video, television, or social media, and heard them on the radio. Many people also […]

God Is with Us

Saint Theodora’s mantra was Trust in Providence. She realized the challenges this belief presented. It wasn’t as if her life and ministry was smooth sailing all the way. Yet, Saint Theodora trusted in God when chronic illness made attending to her responsibilities difficult. She trusted in God when fire destroyed the community’s food supply. She didn’t give up […]

Calm in the Heart of Jesus

What strength the soul draws from prayer! In the midst of a storm, how sweet is the calm it finds in the heart of Jesus. – Saint Theodora/Mother Theodore Guerin

Serving Others as She Led

“First and foremost, Mother Theodore was a religious woman. In her humble way she sought to follow God’s will rather than her own. As a servant leader, she rolled up her sleeves and physically participated in her missions. She taught in the classroom, cared for the field animals, tended the crops in the garden, coordinated […]