Tag Archives: Saint Theodora

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.)

All for the Lord

Saint Theodora said that we don’t need to do anything special to become saints as long as we do everything for the love of the Lord. Pope Francis noted this in a similar way in his latest apostolic letter. Until recently, the causes for sainthood in the Catholic Church included: 1. martyrdom, 2. having lived […]

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 […]

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 […]

With a Capital “I”

We are an “I” centered society. Unlike other languages, such as Spanish (yo) and German (ich), the English personal pronoun “I” is capitalized. Perhaps such focus on ourselves in writing is reflective of the attention we place on our own wants and needs. We think we’re all rock stars and deserving of undue attention. How we […]

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