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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for October 10, 2020

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SATURDAY, October 10                  Vida Dutton Scudder

Luke 8:21 But [Jesus] said to them, “My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and do it.”

Today we remember Vida Dutton Scudder (1861–1954). I learned about her when I lived in the Boston area and attended retreats at Adelynrood, the retreat center of the Society of the Companions of the Holy Cross, of which Vida Dutton Scudder was a beloved member. The child of missionaries, Vida Scudder became a teacher at Wellesley College and was an avid social activist. She founded and championed a number of social and religious organizations that supported women, both socioeconomically and spiritually. She never quit her advocacy work, authoring sixteen books in her retirement years.

Clearly Vida Scudder heard Jesus’ words and acted as part of his family. Honestly, her active and often combative life feels overwhelming to me. You and I may not be called to stand on the front lines—but we are each called to do something in response to God’s word.

MOVING FORWARD: How are you being called to live out God’s love?

PRAY for the Dioceses of Nelson (Aotearoa, New Zealand, and Polynesia), and Akure and Isiala-Ngwa South (both of Nigeria)

Today the Church remembers Vida Dutton Scudder, Educator and Witness for Peace, 1954.

Ps 137:1-6(7-9), 144 * 104 | Micah 5:1-4,10-15 | Acts 25:13-27 | Luke 8:16-25

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