Providence

Outrageous Compassion

Outrageous Compassion

Today before Mass I was reading in my “Give Us This Day” booklet the section titled:  “Blessed Among Us.”  Usually that section is about a well known saint, or someone who is Blessed or Venerable, sometimes well known, and others more obscure.  Today’s section however was about a woman of Valor named Rachel Held Evans.  Ever heard of her?  I…

In a Heartbeat: Yes!

In a Heartbeat: Yes!

The Sisters of Divine Providence from Kentucky answered the call to help a refugee family from Afghanistan.  Though it was a whirlwind of preparation, they succeeded!  Here is their story.  With training sessions and background checks recently completed, all that was lacking was the phone call, and it came quickly: a family of five from Afghanistan would be arriving at the…

Pandemic Learnings and Challenges

Pandemic Learnings and Challenges

We all know how much the pandemic has affected our lives, both individually, communally and globally.  In this article, Sr. Donna Burkhart, a Sister of Providence from Mother Joseph Province in Seattle, WA shares with us the lessons she has learned.   “The pandemic has certainly disrupted all our lives.  Before the pandemic, we walked around with a sense of security…

The Finger of God

The Finger of God

In this month when we celebrate Consecrated Life, the Sisters of Providence from St. Mary of the Woods, IN have recently welcomed a new postulant to their community.  In the photo, Sr. Dawn Tomaszewski, SP, General Superior, welcomes Leslie.  Jason Moon, who works for the Sisters, tells her story as follows: “Leslie Dao felt something missing in her life.  After…

Story Time

Story Time

On December 17 the gospel for the day tells the genealogy of Jesus…a long list of names going back 42 generations.  There were all kinds of characters along the way in Jesus’ family history, and some of them weren’t the best people.  Nonetheless, they were part of Jesus’ story.  And through him part of ours, too.   It seems that whenever…

Providence Has No Border

Providence Has No Border

This reflection by Sister Karin Dufault, SP, is used with permission.  It appeared in their congregation’s newsletter.  It has been adapted for WPC use in this blog.  Thank you, Sr. Karin for allowing me to share it with others in the broader WPC congregations.  “Following in the footsteps of Jesus, Providence foundresses and leaders and many that followed, demonstrated for…

A Wheelbarrow Question?

A Wheelbarrow Question?

My parish priest shared a story at the beginning of his homily last week that really struck me and has stayed with me.  That’s usually a sign that a blog might be brewing!  The story goes: “A man was getting ready to tightrope walk across Niagara Falls, pushing a wheelbarrow.  He asked how many believed he could do it.  No…

Make a Little Noise!

Make a Little Noise!

I share this reflection by Sister Dawn Tomaszewski, SP on the occasion of their Congregation’s Associate Commitment Day recently.  I believe the message is important for all of us as Providence people to hear.  I thank Sr. Dawn for allowing me to share it with all of you! “It happened again this year. When our Sister of Providence leadership team…

Autumn Musings

Autumn Musings

One thing about living in the Midwest is the experience of the changing seasons.  Each of them comes bearing gifts inviting us to inner transformation.  Each season has its own truth and wisdom, challenges and joys and helps us find fuller meaning and purpose.  We are just entering into the season of Autumn now with its bright colors of red,…

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