Monday, February 18, 2013

My Sisters the Saints by Colleen Carroll Campbell

Could NOT put this book DOWN!
I can't tell you how much I enjoyed My Sisters the Saints by Colleen Carroll Campbell! This book which is described as a spiritual memoir, includes Colleen's own faith journey along with the impact of St. Teresa of Avila, St. Faustina, St. Therese of Lisieux, St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein), Blessed Mother Teresa and Mary the Mother of Jesus.

I had met Colleen a couple years ago when she gave a speech in Ft. Myers at the Diocese of Venice Women's Conference. I had admired her resume and the things she had accomplished from a worldly perspective. I worked with her to bring her talk Feminine Genius into the Lighthouse Catholic Media line up. But little did I know what she is truly made of.

Although this book includes several intercessors from heaven, Colleen has her feet firmly planted on earth, with dilemmas and challenges many of us face. Her ability to share how we can grow in holiness and "take up our own crosses" when we place our faith life first and ask for heavenly guidance is amazing.

I recommend this book to all women, college age on up. Anyone who has struggled to find the meaning of life, to carry a burden that seemed all too heavy, to make sense of what it means to be a women in today's culture, will gain so much from reading it.

And, a bonus for me is Colleen turned me on to at least two other books that I want to read soon: St Teresa of Avila by Marcell Auclair and The Collected works of St John of the Cross. Her dad read these over and over and introduced them to her-what a legacy!

If you've read My Sisters the Saints, please share your comments!

Excerpt from the book:

"Edith recommends that a woman should, if possible, attend mass in the morning and ask Jesus after receiving Him in the Eucharist how He wants her to spend her day. As the day progresses and new worries and problems accumulate, she should take a noontime break to reconnect w/ God. A Eucharistic holy hour or solitary rest in a quiet place is ideal, but if that's impossible, she should take a moment to 'seal herself off inwardly against all other things and take refuge in the Lord. He is indeed there and can give us in a single moment what we need.' The days work and problems will continue, but we will remain at peace. Edith then says:
"When night comes, and retrospect shows that everything was patchwork and much that one had planned left undone, when so many things rouse shame and regret, then take all as is, lay it in God's hands, and offer it up to Him. In this way we will be able to rest in Him, actually to rest and to begin the new day like a new life."

A woman who follows these natural rhythms of prayer, work, and rest will be rewarded with abiding peace, Edith says. She will find in Jesus a worthy outlet for her feminine longing to lose herself in love."

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