Sunday, November 17, 2013
What Philippine Duchesne desired
I am writing this as some may not know about our Saint Philippine Duchesne and she is worth knowing. The
last ten years of her life were at St. Charles and they still talk about how she would go through the children's dormitory at night to see that all was well and mend any clothes that needed it. She taught Catechism to some of the poor children in a little room under the front steps of the convent. Her own room is still preserved and one can see how poor and small it is. Her spirit remains there and I urge those who have not been able to visit this place of pilgrimage to make an effort to do so this year. It is now only about fifteen minutes away from the St. Louis airport - new highways and bridges have made St. Charles much more accessible. In Philippine's time the bridge had not been built and it was a long carriage ride into St. Louis. Even when I was a boarder there was only the old bridge and St. Charles Rock Road to get us to school.
Well, I hope you do not mind this rambling and will learn to pray to Philippine and, especially, become a prayerful person following her example.
More tomorrow, the real Feast day now, but it used to be November 17th before her canonization so I still celebrate both days!