|Statue of Philippine Duchesne as seen at the |
Academy of the Sacred Heart ~ St. Charles
October 1 & 2, 1847 ~ Mother Duchesne writes to her niece, "It was hard to see you leave me forever - for we can not hope to see each other again this side of Heaven. So we must strive to reach there, you and I, but by such different paths - I doing nothing, and you accomplishing great things for God through the education of youth. God has given you the necessary talents, and you must use them to produce a hundredfold in His service. Never forget that the road to Heaven is the Way of the Cross. Jesus has called us to follow Him, bearing the cross as He did. We have no choice about it; we must take it up and carry it if we are to be saved."
Taken from the book Through the Year with Philippine Duchesne