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Thought for the Day – October 3 – The Memorial of St Théodore Guérin

Thought for the Day – October 3 – The Memorial of St Théodore Guérin

Every holy person has a strong sense of God’s Divine Providence.

During his homily at the canonisation Mass, Pope Emeritus Benedict said:

“Go, sell everything you own and give the money to the poor… then come, follow me”. These words have inspired countless Christians throughout the history of the Church to follow Christ in a life of radical poverty, trusting in Divine Providence.   Among these generous disciples of Christ was a young Frenchwoman, who responded unreservedly to the call of the divine Teacher.   Mother Théodore Guérin entered the Congregation of the Sisters of Providence in 1823 and she devoted herself to the work of teaching in schools.

Then, in 1839, she was asked by her Superiors to travel to the United States to become the head of a new community in Indiana.   After their long journey over land and sea, the group of six Sisters arrived at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods.   There they found a simple log-cabin chapel in the heart of the forest.  They knelt down before the Blessed Sacrament and gave thanks, asking God’s guidance upon the new foundation.   With great trust in Divine Providence, Mother Théodore overcame many challenges and persevered in the work that the Lord had called her to do.   By the time of her death in 1856, the Sisters were running schools and orphanages throughout the State of Indiana.

In her own words, “How much good has been accomplished by the Sisters of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods! How much more good they will be able to do if they remain faithful to their holy vocation!”.

Mother Théodore Guérin is a beautiful spiritual figure and a model of the Christian life. She was always open for the missions the Church entrusted to her and she found the strength and the boldness to put them [the missions] into practice in the Eucharist, in prayer and in an infinite trust in Divine Providence.   Her inner strength moved her to address particular attention to the poor and above all to children.” – Pope Benedict XVI, from the canonisation homily of Saint Mother Theodore

God’s work gets done by people ready to take risks and to work hard – always remembering what St Paul told the Corinthians, “I planted, Apollos watered but God caused the growth.” (1 Cor 3:6).

St Théodore Guérin, Pray for us!

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Quote/s of the Day – 3 October – The Memorial of St Théodore Guérin

Quote/s of the Day – 3 October – The Memorial of St Théodore Guérin

“You know … that the good God
always makes use
of nothing,
in order to accomplish

“When we had left our country
and all that was dear to us…
We found waiting for us,
in a poor log cabin,
our God, our ALL.”

“Without distinction of persons,
do good to all, for the love of God.”

“Unless nourished,
faith, like love,
becomes extinguished.”

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Our Morning Offering – 3 October

Our Morning Offering – 3 October

Psalter Week 2 Tuesday – Morning Prayer

Now that the daylight fills the sky,
we life our hearts to God on high,
that He, in all we do or say,
would keep us free from harm today.

Would guard our hearts and tongues from strife,
from anger’s din would hide our life,
from all ill sights would turn our eyes,
would close our ears from vanities.

Would keep our inmost conscience pure,
our souls from folly would secure,
would bid us check the pride of sense
with due and holy abstinence.

Se we, when this new day is gone
and night in turn is drawing on,
with conscience by the world unstained,
shall praise His Name for victory gained.

psalter week 2 tuesday - morning prayer hymn - 3 oct 2017

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One Minute Reflection – October 3 – The Memorial of St Théodore Guérin

One Minute Reflection – October 3 – The Memorial of St Théodore Guérin

We are well aware that God works with those who love him, those who have been called in accordance with his purpose and turns everything to their good….Romans 8:28

REFLECTION – ““If you lean with all your weight upon Providence, you will find yourselves well supported ….Let us adore the designs of this good Master and be resigned to His Holy Will.” …St Theodore Guérinif you lean with all your weight - St Théodore Guérin - 3 oct 2017

PRAYER – Heavenly Father, increase my love and trust for and in You every day. Teach me total abandonment to Your loving providence and thus enable to do Your will in all things. St Mother Theodora Guérin, you who suffered great persecutions and trials but always abandoned yourself to the Divine Will, please pray for us that we learn to do the same, THÉODORE GUÉRIN - pray for us

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Saint of the Day – 3 October – St THÉODORE GUÉRIN SP (1798 – 1856)

Saint of the Day – 3 October – St THÉODORE GUÉRIN SP (1798 – 1856) Religious, Foundress of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods and numberous schools, Educator, Apostle of Charity (born Anne-Thérèse Guérin on 2 October 1798 at Etables-sur-Mer, Brittany, France as Anne-Thérèse Guérin – 14 May 1856 at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana, USA, of natural causes).  Her body was buried at Church of the Immaculate Conception, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods.  She was  St Pope John Paul in October 1998 and Canonised on 15 October 2006 by Pope Benedict XVI.  Patronage – Diocese of Lafayette, Indiana.

St. Mother Theodore Guerin info

“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.   But what comfort is there for those who do not pray?” These words, written by Mother Théodore Guérin after surviving a violent storm at sea, perhaps best exemplify her life and ministry.   Truly, Mother Theodore drew strength from prayer, from conversations with God, with Jesus and with the Blessed Virgin Mary. Throughout her life, she encouraged prayer as she sought to share the love of God with people everywhere.

Mother THÉODORE—ANNE-THÉRÈSE GUÉRIN—was born Oct. 2, 1798, in the village of Etables, France.   Her devotion to God and to the Roman Catholic Church began when she was a young child.   She was allowed to receive her First Communion at the age of 10 and, at that time, told the parish priest that someday she would be a nun.

The child Anne-Thérèse often sought solitude along the rocky shore near her home, where she devoted hours to meditation, reflection and prayer.   She was educated by her mother, Isabelle Guérin, who centered lessons on religion and Scripture, thus nurturing the child’s love of God.   Anne-Thérèse’s father, Laurent, who served in Napoleon’s navy, was away from home for years at a time.   When Anne-Thérèse was 15 years old, her father was murdered by bandits as he traveled home to visit his family.   The loss of her husband nearly overwhelmed Isabelle and, for many years, Anne-Thérèse bore the responsibility of caring for her mother and her young sister, as well as the family’s home and garden.

Through those years of hardship and sacrifice, indeed through all the years of her life, Mother Théodore’s faith in God neither wavered nor faltered.   She knew in the depths of her soul that God was with her and always would be with her, a constant companion.

Anne-Thérèse was nearly 25 years old when she entered the Sisters of Providence of Ruillé-sur-Loir, a young community of women religious serving God by providing opportunities for education to children and by caring for the poor, sick and dying.20061015guerin

While teaching and caring for the sick in France, Mother Théodore, then known as Sister St Theodore, was asked to lead a small missionary band of Sisters of Providence to the United States of America, to establish a motherhouse, to open schools and to share the love of God with pioneers in the Diocese of Vincennes in the State of Indiana.   Humble and prone to feelings of unworthiness, Mother Theodore could not imagine that she was suitable for such a mission.   Her health was fragile.   During her novitiate with the Sisters of Providence, she became very ill.   Remedies cured the illness but severely damaged her digestive system;  for the remainder of her life she was able to consume only soft, bland foods and liquids.   Her physical condition added to her doubts about accepting the mission.   Nevertheless, after hours of prayer and lengthy consultations with her superiors, she accepted the mission, fearing that if she did not, no one would venture to the wilderness to share the love of God.

Equipped with little more than her steadfast desire to serve God, Mother Théodore and her five companion Sisters of Providence arrived at the site of their mission at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana, the evening of October 22, 1840, and immediately hastened along a muddy, narrow path to the tiny log cabin that served as the chapel.   There, they knelt in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament to thank God for their safe journey and to ask for God’s blessings for the new mission.

Here, on this hilly, ravine-cut, densely forested land, Mother Théodore would establish a motherhouse, a school and a legacy of love, mercy and justice that continues to this day. (The purpose of the Congregation is to honor Divine Providence and to further God’s loving plans by devoting itself to works of love, mercy and justice in service among God’s people. (Constitutions, Article 3).   As a Congregation of Roman Catholic women religious, the sisters are called by God to be witnesses to the Gospel of Jesus and serve in ministries throughout the United States and in Asia.)St. Mother Theodore Guerin 1.

Throughout years of sorrow and years of peace, Mother Théodore relied upon God’s Providence and her own ingenuity and faith for counsel and guidance. She urged Sisters of Providence to “Put yourself gently into the hands of Providence.”   In letters to France, she stated, “But our hope is in the Providence of God, which has protected us until the present and which will provide, somehow, for our future needs.”

In the fall of 1840, the mission at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods consisted only of a tiny log cabin chapel that also served as lodging for a priest and a small frame farmhouse, where Mother Théodore, the sisters from France and several postulants lived.   During that first winter, harsh winds blew from the north to rattle the little farmhouse The sisters were often cold and frequently hungry.   But they transformed a porch into a chapel and were comforted by the presence of the Blessed Sacrament in the humble motherhouse.   Mother Théodore said, “With Jesus, what shall we have to fear?”

During the early years at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Mother Théodore encountered numerous trials:  prejudice against Catholics and, especially, against Catholic women religious;  betrayals; misunderstandings; the separation of the Congregation in Indiana from the one in Ruillé; a devastating fire that destroyed an entire harvest leaving the sisters destitute and hungry and frequent life-threatening illnesses.   Still she persevered, desiring only that “In all and everywhere may the will of God be done.”   In correspondence to friends, Mother Théodore acknowledged the tribulations.   She wrote: “If ever this poor little Community becomes settled, it will be established on the Cross – and that is what gives me confidence and makes me hope, sometimes even against hope.”

Less than a year after arriving at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Mother Théodore opened the Congregation’s first Academy and, in 1842, established schools at Jasper, Indiana and St Francisville, Illinois.    By the time of her death on May 14, 1856, Mother Théodore had opened schools in towns throughout Indiana and the Congregation of the Sisters of Providence was strong, viable and respected.   Always, Mother Théodore attributed the growth and success of the Sisters of Providence to God and to Mary, the Mother of Jesus, to whom she dedicated the ministry at Saint Mary-of-the- Woods.St. Mother Theodore Guerin

Mother Théodore’s holiness was evident to people who knew her and many described her simply as “saintly”.    She possessed the ability to draw out the best in people, to enable them to attain more than they thought possible.   Mother Théodore’s love was one of her great hallmarks.   She loved God, God’s people, the Sisters of Providence, the Roman Catholic Church and the people she served.   She did not exclude anyone from her ministries or her prayers, for she dedicated her life to helping people know God and live better lives.

Mother Théodore knew that alone she could do nothing but that all things were possible with God.  She accepted trials, trouble and occasions when she was treated unjustly as part of her life.   In the midst of persecution, Mother Théodore remained true, a faithful woman of God.

Mother Théodore died sixteen years after she arrived at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. During those fleeting years, she touched a countless number of lives—and continues to do so today.

The gift she gives to each succeeding generation is her life as a model of holiness, virtue, love and faith. (The Vatican)

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Memorials of the Saints – 3 October

St Adalgott of Chur
Bl Agostina of the Assumption
St Candidus the Martyr
St Cyprian of Toulon
Bl Damian de Portu
St Dionysius the Aeropagite
Bl Dominic Spadafora
St Ewald the Black
St Ewald the Fair
St Froilan
St Gerard of Brogne
St Hesychius
Bl Juan Tapia
Bl Maddalena the Greater
St Maximian of Bagaia
St Menna
Bl Szilárd István Bogdánffy
St Theodore Guerin (1798 – 1856) –
Bl Utto of Metten
St Widradus

Martyrs of Alexandria – 9 saints: A number of Christian martyrs remembered together. We know the names Caius, Cheremone, Dionysius, Eusebio, Fausto, Lucio, Maximus, Paul, Peter and that there were at least two more whose names have not come down to us, and that’s about all we know.

Martyrs of Brazil – 30 beati: On 25 December 1597 an expedition of colonists, with two Jesuit and two Franciscan evangelists, arrived at Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil. The region was colonized by Portuguese Catholics but was invaded by Dutch Calvinists who soon took over the whole territory. They immediately made a policy of the persecution of Catholics. On Sunday 16 July 1645 at Cunhau, Brazil, 69 people were gathered in the Chapel of Our Lady of the Candles for Mass celebrated by Father Andre de Soveral. At the moment of the elevation a group of Dutch soldiers attack the Chapel, murdering many of the faithful including Father Andre; the parishioners died professing their faith and asking pardon for their sins. On 3 October 1645, 200 armed Indians and a band of Flemish troops, led by a fanatical Calvinist convert, hacked to death an unknown number of people of Rio Grande including:
• Blessed Ambrosio Francisco Ferro
• Blessed André de Soveral
• Blessed Antônio Baracho
• Blessed Antônio Vilela
• Blessed Antônio Vilela Cid
• Blessed Diogo Pereira
• Blessed Domingos Carvalho
• Blessed Estêvão Machado de Miranda
• Blessed Francisco de Bastos
• Blessed Francisco Mendes Pereira
• Blessed João da Silveira
• Blessed João Lostau Navarro
• Blessed João Martins
• Blessed José do Porto
• Blessed Manuel Rodrigues de Moura
• Blessed Mateus Moreira
• Blessed Simão Correia
• Blessed Vicente de Souza Pereira
and other lay people whose names have not come down to us. They were Beatified on 5 March 2000 at Rome, Italy by Pope John Paul II.

Martyred in the Spanish Civil War:
• Blessed Crescencio García Pobo
• Blessed José María González Solís
• Blessed José María Poyatos-Ruiz
• Blessed Manuel Lucas Ibañez
• Blessed Raimundo Joaquín Castaño González