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Seven Principles of Sainthood: Following Saint Mother Theodore Guérin
Who hasn’t gotten sidetracked on their pathway to Christ? This world bombards us with temptations.
But we don’t have to travel the road to heaven alone. Asking for assistance from holy people—living or deceased—and following their example can be a key to keeping or getting back on track.
In the Seven Principles of Sainthood, Mary K. Doyle identifies seven principles Saint Mother Theodore, also known as Saint Theodora, practiced on a daily basis, and thereby attained holiness. Through examples from the saint’s life and quotes from her writings, we learn of her struggles, goals, and achievements and how we can apply her practices to our own lives.
Mother Theodore’s principles include:
- Pray with the Saints
- Trust in Providence
- Spread the Word of the Lord
- Lead by Serving
- Forgive Like Jesus
- Be Just and Kind
- Strive for Humility
These principles aren’t easy to attain; some are more difficult than others. But if you want to live a Christ-centered life, you have to live like a saint, or at the very least, try your best to do so. And calling on Mother Theodore in prayer for guidance and assistance may make all the difference.
Mother Theodore was a courageous, compassionate, dynamic, and even sometimes humorous woman of strength and faith, who achieved great success under difficult circumstances. As a French missionary she came to the United States in 1840 to establish a religious community and schools that provided Christian education to children in the American wilderness.
Poverty, illness, separation from loved ones, difficult superiors, and outright malice plagued her. Throughout it all, she put her trust in Providence and persevered. She knew that God would provide her with all she needed while on God’s mission.
The seeds Mother Theodore and the Sisters of Providence planted firmly took root. Today the vibrant community of the Sisters of Providence, and the Academy that became Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, continue as a testimony to her providential confidence.
Mary K. Doyle interspersed Mother Theodore’s gripping experiences with sound theological teachings and Scripture references. And yet, Seven Principles of Sainthood is easy to read and comprehend. Most of all, you will find Mother Theodore to be an exemplary role model on your own road to heaven.
Learn About Saint Mother Theodore Guérin