August 22, 1818 ~ Philippine Duchesne writes to Madeleine Sophie Barat, "Before leaving the steamboat Franklin to set foot on the promised land of St. Louis, I read again the words of Deuteronomy which once made such an impression on me: "Hear, O Israel: Thou shalt go over Jordan this day . . . Therefore love the Lord thy God and observe the commandments." This is our resolve - may God bless it!
Taken from the book: Through the Year with Philippine Duchesne