Thread Catholic Values into Personal Hobbies

by Sister Julie Ann on July 16, 2009

Recently on NPR, Alex and Brett Harris, authors of Do Hard Things, spoke of their rebelling against the low expectations of their culture by choosing to “do hard things” for the glory of God. How about even doing something you love for the glory of God?

ckmagsummer09_coverimage.jpgThe latest Catholic Knight’s Summer 2009 Member Magazine features a story on Lydia Turba, mother of Franciscan Sister of Christian Charity Sister Elaine Turba, OSF presently teaching at St. Peter Mission School, Bapchule, AZ, who devotes her leisure activity to charity work.

Lydia Turba has enhanced the lives of children around the world with simply fabric and thread. Working with fellow members of St. Ann Mission Group, Lydia makes quilts for charity in the basement of her rural St. Anna, WI home…

Read more of this story and her donation of more than 10, 000 quilts over the past decades.

Any comment?

8 thoughts on “Thread Catholic Values into Personal Hobbies”

  1. What a wonderful example from Lydia and the Turba family! It is easy to see where Sister Elaine gets her spirit of selfless service for the needs of others! It is a blessing knowing this family for many years, ever since Sister Elaine and I entered the convent together!

  2. Sister Elaine says:

    Thanks, Mom and Dad, for being such a wonderful example to me of those who put their faith into practice. You have been a beautiful witness to all of us as we grew up. You continue to give of yourselves so freely and see the needs of others and do something about it. Much love to you. God bless you!

  3. Sister Rosangela says:

    What a wonderful example of being a true Christan! Sister Elaine, you must be very proud of your mother. I’m sure she has instilled her qualities of kindness and caring for others in you also. May it inspire all of us to do what we can to help others.

  4. Sister Carla says:

    What a beautiful ministry! I’m sure the recipients of the quilts feel the love and prayers that went into making them. Thank you Lydia and ladies.

    This summer Sister Elaine was sharing how she makes mittens and dish rags to donate to the Motherhouse Craft Center. She takes after her mother in using her creativity to bless others.

    Thank you all for your inspiration. This year I plan to learn how to crochet so I can make Prayer Shawls for the sick. Your story makes my desire greater.

    God bless you!

  5. Thank you for sharing this article with all of us. I lived with Sister Elaine quite a few years ago and have happy memories of our days together at St. Mary, Greenleaf. I’m glad to have met some of her family and remember well the room devoted to charity work in the Turba home. The charity of our Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity often does begin in our families.

  6. I commend Alex and Brett Harris for their desire to ‘do hard things’ with a real sense of purpose. I believe Sister Elaine’s upbringing is an example of parental encouragement to do loving, if not hard things for others. Seems to me that when the focus is put on others rather than self-fulfillment, becoming a happy, grateful, loved person happens hand in hand.

  7. Maggie McConnaha says:

    That is an amazing story. You really don’t here about many people going out of their way to help others much any more. That was very refreshing.
    I think it be wonderful if younger people started such a group, whether it be reading to elderly or working habitat for humanity.
    I would also love to learn how to either knit, crotchet, or quilt. I think if more people became aware of human needs the world would already be a better place.

  8. Thanks for your comment, Maggie. I hope you do have the opportunity to learn all the crafts you mentioned. Hand-crafted items make memorable gifts to loved ones and to those in need.

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