Resident Q&A, Spring 2021

Resident Q&A, Spring 2021

We asked our residents some of their thoughts on 2021, what they’re looking forward to, and what advice they have to share.
Read some of their responses below!


2020 was a hard year for many people worldwide. Have you survived other especially difficult years in your lifetime? (ie. war, political turmoil, epidemics, personal hardships, etc). Share with us what got you through those tough times.

The 1960’s had some bad times. But some of it was very beautiful. – James

Prayer always gets me through tough times. Fill in the empty spaces with prayer. – Eileen

Polio epidemic of 1946 – consistent attention to medical recommendations, Prayer and Faith -Anonymous

My hard year started in 1955. The biggest war, WWII, was over but there were others. I went to IW every year except college Freshman year in St. Louis. Everyone knew that war was frightful, but I was too busy with my IW friends and off campus sorority to worry about it! I married a 1st Pilot and gee wizz, I’m on my own! So it’s off to cold Michigan and many other cold states where I “enjoyed” being a stay-at-home mom and raising my 7 children. I was so happy to finally settle down in Dallas, TX, even if it was Dallas. Now I’m back to where I started: Incarnate Word. I see now that “Old Age is not for sissies is true.” But keeping God as your best friend and helping others in your community makes life interesting as well as bearable. – Margaret

This is a biggie – probably Faith, Hope + Love in all their manifestations – Anonymous

Personal health issues. Prayer; support, encouragement by friends – Anonymous

Faith and trust in God. – Anonymous

I was principal of a school and the teachers union had voted to go on strike. My challenge was to keep union and non-union faculty from becoming rivals. How I got through: In prayer, I came to believe that there is ‘more’ in every situation than what we bring to it and that ‘more’ is the Holy Spirit. So I went to bed many nights saying to God: I’ve done what it is possible for me to do, I believe that the Holy Spirit will be with me tomorrow. I truly believed that! – Sr. Eleanor


What changes do you believe would make the world a better place in 2021?

World leaders writing to end poverty and promote peace. – Anonymous

Listen to each other. – Sr. Eleanor

If all changed to be sheep as defined in Matthew 25:31-46, the world would be the best place. Or if we were all good Samaritans as defined in Luke 10:29-37. – Charlie

Slow life down. Focus more on relationships. Increase time for prayer and silence. (our home can be our monastery). – Kathy

“Do unto others as you would have them do to you” – Anonymous

More unity and friendliness. – Pat

For an end to the war we are in and all wars. – James


What advice would you like to share with our TVIW community as we start this new year?

Pray thus: Look on us, Jesus, and let all the darkness of our souls disappear before the beams of your brightness” St. Augustine of Hippo – Anonymous

Keep in mind that God is in charge of all of us. Help others when we can. Remember “What would Jesus do?” – Margaret

Stay hopeful. – Pat

Administration is doing a great job. I appreciate it very much. – Sr. Eleanor

Continue the great entertainment/creative services organized by Nelly & Resident Services! – Anonymous

Thou shall love God with all your heart, with all your mind and with all your soul and love your neighbor as yourself. – James

Recognize and acknowledge every person you see/meet – Anonymous

“All things work together for good, for those who love the Lord.” Romans 8:28 – Kathy

The Resident Forum has been very helpful. Let’s get back to it when we are able. – Anonymous


What activities and/or hobbies are you looking forward to doing in 2021?

Less isolation, more togetherness; doing my own grocery shopping; eating out while inside; singing with the threshold singers; attending calligraphers meetings + doing related arts + crafts projects; attending concerts, etc. – Anonymous

Learning to play chess – Charlie

Hobbies in 2021 for me will be more exercise. I am looking forward to participating more. – Eileen

Doing Crossword Puzzles & games – Anonymous

Getting with small groups to talk, play cards, and watch a DVD. – Sr. Eleanor

Playing parcheese, the royal game of India – James

Mass attendance, music, reading, walking, cycling, swimming – Kathy 

Ping pong or Pool/Billiards – Pat

Being able to daily visit with other residents, more music programs – Anonymous


What three words do you believe will describe 2021?

Faith – Hope – Love – Kathy

Hopeful, Promising, Pivotal – Anonymous

Cooperation, peace, and work – Sr. Eleanor

Hope, Peace, Solidarity – Anonymous

Hang in there! – Margaret

Love, Love, Love – James

Hope, Charity and love – Anonymous