We are all created in God’s image with a unique calling. We each have our own special mix of gifts, talents, and limitations, and most of us spend the greater part of our lives trying to figure out what to do with it all.
Saint Theodora knew from the time that she was a young girl what she should do. On her First Holy Communion Day, she dedicated herself to serving the Lord and soon realized the best way to do that was as a religious sister. She patiently, but eagerly, waited until the age of 25 when her mother was well enough for her to leave home and enter the order of the Sisters of Providence in France.
Saint Theodora devoted her life to teaching children about our faith. She also taught young women how to teach. In spite of her physical fragility, she remained spiritually strong. She leaned on God and took on some major undertakings traveling across the Atlantic Ocean and half of America to the Midwestern wilderness of the 1800s. There, she endured drastic fluctuations of weather and nature, difficult and unsupportive superiors, and prejudice.
She met her challenges head on, trusting that when you follow God’s call you are well-supported. She did this in spite of her own weakened health because she knew the importance of passing on our faith to our children, our future. She knew how the world looks differently through the lens of faith and how it affects all factors of life—our actions and words, and therefore, the outcome.
The result of her efforts is impressive. She founded elementary schools across Indiana and Illinois, the religious order the Sisters of Providence of Saint-Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana, and the college now known as Saint Mary-of-the-Woods.
The newly released children’s book, Saint Theodora and Her Promise to God. The Story of Mother Theodore Guerin, written by me and illustrated by Phil Veikan, tells the life of this saint and how she identified God’s calling for her. The book is bright and fun to read, and hopefully, inspires young readers to follow God’s call for them.
Published by the Sisters of Providence, the hardcover book is 34 pages long, and lists for $16.99 on:
And through the sisters at: http://store.spgiftshop.com/st-theodora-and-her-promise-to-god-p14791.aspx
©2013, Mary K. Doyle