Enduring Grace: Living Portraits of Seven Women Mystics by Carol L. Flinders

By Carol L. Flinders

Identified to greater than 1000000 readers because the coauthor of the vintage vegetarian cookbook Laurel's Kitchen, Carol Lee Flinders appears to the starvation of the spirit in Enduring Grace. In those awesome and maintaining depictions of 7 striking ladies, Flinders brings to existence a refrain of knowledge from the earlier that speaks with awesome relevance to our modern non secular quests.

From Clare of Assisi within the heart East to Thérèse of Lisieux within the past due 19th century, Flinders's compelling and refreshingly casual snap shots exhibit a typical starting place of conviction, braveness, and serenity within the lives of those nice eu Catholic mystics. Their exceedingly lady voices increase their writings at the adventure of the interior international, the nourishing function of friendship and neighborhood in our lives, and on discovering our real work.

At its middle, Enduring Grace is a dwelling testomony to how we will make peace with sorrow and unhappiness and convey pleasure and transcendence into our lives.

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Clare began to write her own rule three years before her death in 1253, when she was about fifty-five years old. She had lived at San Damiano for thirty-seven years, and her rule resonates with the experience accumulated during those years. She is supremely confident of every word she writes. She knows this pattern of life can work, because she has watched it work, not only within her own convent, which had the unique advantage of her presence, but in sister communities scattered all across the region.

Couldn’t she see the wisdom of having just a little something to fall back on? She refused, over and over, and the implications of her refusal are interesting. For one, the cardinals and the pope were not responsible for the Poor Ladies; God was, and God could be trusted. Clare trusted the local people, too, to be God’s instruments. She seems to have been sure they would bear the burden of the sisters’ needs, whatever the weather, whatever the harvest. The people of Assisi would know that through its prayers Clare’s community was earning its keep.

He had become a kind of keyhole through which he knew those who loved him, or even saw him clearly, could see God. It seems to have been his calling, then, to draw attention to his life—through his eloquence, his sense of theater, and sometimes simply his charm—so that those who knew him might meet God. For an individual of his profound and genuine humility, the necessity to do this must have constituted its own kind of martyrdom, but he did recognize it as a necessity. Why the ashes? Symbolic always of humility, they are the other half of the paradox: Yes, I am your teacher; you do well to open your heart to me.

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