Letters From A Convent

Author: Jude Wadler
ISBN: 9780692350836
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1962, 18, LIVING IN A CONVENT What was I thinking? What am I doing here? I'm in a convent! Have you ever looked up and seen where you were and what you were doing, as if this were not you? In 1962, at the age of 18, I entered the convent of the Sisters of the Divine Savior. Severely restricted as to whom I could write, I secretly composed an extended letter - more of a diary, really - to my best friend Irene. "The lights are out and I'm in the coatroom, writing. I feel like going home - just packing and leaving." After six intense months, I did. Forty-five years later, I was shocked when Irene sent me the long-forgotten document, a vivid portrait of adolescence in that special time and place. This is no expose, no attack on the Catholic Church or its traditions, but an intimate look at life behind the walls of a convent. And, of course there is a boy, Harry - the object of my romantic fantasies. "I have decided - I'm going to be a nun. I have been waiting to see if I would be strong enough. But if I want to, I can. And I know God wants me to - and I want to do His will - and so this is my life. Sorta sad in a way, isn't it?" Please join me on my remarkable journey.

The Love Letters

Author: Madeleine L'Engle
Publisher: Open Road Media
ISBN: 1504041585
Size: 52.18 MB
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Past and present collide in this heartfelt novel of love and loss from the National Book Award–winning author of A Wrinkle in Time. After the tragic death of her son and the seeming collapse of her marriage, Charlotte Napier flees to Portugal in the hopes of finding guidance from her mentor: her mother-in-law, Violet. Instead, she finds solace in the letters of Mariana Alcoforado, a seventeenth-century nun. Charlotte and Mariana’s stories may be different in origin, but they share the same inner turmoil. As she reads the letters, Mariana’s spiritual journey sheds light on Charlotte’s own crisis. Finding inspiration in the nun’s struggles with sin, temptation, and faith, Charlotte gains perspective on her own mind—and sets out to accept the demanding, challenging nature of love. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Madeleine L’Engle including rare images from the author’s estate.

Letters Of A Portuguese Nun

Author: Myriam Cyr
Publisher: Miramax Books
Size: 69.45 MB
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In 1669, a Parisian bookseller published a slim volume called Portuguese Letters, which unveiled a love affair between a young Portuguese nun and a French officer that had occurred a few years earlier during a chaotic and war-torn period in Portgual. The book contained passionate love letters the nun had written when the officer was forced to return to France. The letters took Paris by storm. They spoke of love in a manner so direct, so precise, and so raw, they sent shivers of recognition through the sophisticated stratums of polite society. As remarkable as the letters are, they were rivaled by the mystery that surrounds them: the author was unknown, and most people assumed they were the fictional product of a French aristocrat. The consensus was that no woman could write words of such stunning truth and beauty. Now, through meticulous research, Myriam Cyr persuasively makes the case that the nun, Mariana Alcoforado, did indeed write the letters, and her story is one of the most moving in the history of forbidden love. While this tale is infamous throughout Europe, it is fresh to American readers, and Myriam Cyr brings us the extraordinary letters; the fraught, dangerous, complex nature of this tumultuous period; and the fascinating lives of these real-life lovers in rich historical detail.

Maurice And Therese

Author: Patrick Ahern
Publisher: Image
ISBN: 0307568881
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As Saint Therese lay dying in the Carmel of Lisieux, she overheard a conversation that amused her. Outside her window, two nuns were discussing what they could write in her obituary that could possibly be of any interest, since the twenty-four-year-old nun had never done anything worth noting. Therese was pleased, for she had always kept a low profile. With the posthumous publication of her spiritual autobiography in 1898, however, that low profile would vanish instantly. She became one of the most beloved saints of all time, and her influence will expand dramatically because of Pope John Paul II's declaration that she is a Doctor of the Church. Amid growing interest in her writings comes the collected correspondence between her and a humble young seminarian, Maurice Belliere. Though they never met in person, they exchanged twenty-one letters that opened a window on the heart of Saint Therese that would have remained forever closed had Maurice not written to the Mother Superior at the convent asking for a nun to pray for him. The Mother Superior chose Therese, and in these conversational letters the Little Flower reveals herself in a way that we would never have known from her autobiography. In his accompanying text, Bishop Patrick Ahern expertly leads the reader into the worlds of Maurice and Therese and reveals the full beauty of this saint's spirituality.

Galileo S Daughter

Author: Dava Sobel
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 0802779654
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Presents a biography of the scientist through the surviving letters of his illegitimate daughter Maria Celeste, who wrote him from the Florence convent where she lived from the age of thirteen.

Censored Sentiments

Author: Barbara Maria Zaczek
Publisher: University of Delaware Press
ISBN: 9780874136081
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Samuel Richardson's Clarissa illustrates this shift because it proves the inefficacy of the control imposed from the outside and advocates the necessity of placing responsibility onto the letter writer tutored in decorum by conduct books. Clarissa commits a "sin of communication" that leads to her "ruin" and death because she has disregarded the guidelines for safe correspondence provided by conduct-book writers. Clarissa reflects the gradual substitution of the letter as a means of transgression to the letter as a means of control and manipulation.

George Moore On Parnassus

Author: George Moore
Publisher: University of Delaware Press
ISBN: 9780874131529
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Through the letters and commentary in this volume, the Irish writer George Moore is revealed as a man and artist far more complex and important than most works on him suggest, one who played a significant role in the Irish Literary Renaissance.

Sing To Me And I Will Hear You A Love Story

Author: Elaine G. McGillicuddy
Publisher: BookBaby
ISBN: 148353281X
Size: 76.79 MB
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Sing to Me and I Will Hear You — A Love Story opens when a nun and a priest, each newly assigned to the same parish school in Waterville, Maine, in September, 1968, are introduced to one another. Sister Maureen, also a campus minister at Colby College during those heady days of anti-Vietnam-war fervor, discovers she has fallen in love with Father McGillicuddy, and, after deep soul searching, leaves the convent. Reclaiming her original name, Elaine takes the reader into her confidence by sharing the story of her two-year “underground” relationship with Father Francis. Together they follow the optional celibacy debates in Rome, await with some doubt, but yet with some hope, a Vatican decision in its favor. Such an outcome would have allowed Father Francis to become a married Catholic priest. But when that door is shut in December, 1971, Francis’ “exodus” ensues and the wedding date is set. Elaine and Francis’ married life is multi-faceted and spiritually rich. After an attempt to adopt a child falls through, they put their energies into peacemaking, founding a yoga center, transforming their lot into a demonstration site for permaculture, and, on Elaine’s part, training for and leading Dances of Universal Peace. Their life together comes to a climax when in 2009, Francis’ cancer diagnosis leaves them only one hundred more days together. Deeply moved by the way Francis approached his own death, she celebrates his extraordinary patience, courage, and grace in dealing with pain and in facing the unknown. Francis does not directly use the expression of his namesake, Francis of Assisi, namely, “Welcome Sister Death,” but he goes out to meet her with the same attitude. And with love on his lips.

In The Convent Of Little Flowers

Author: Indu Sundaresan
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1416586105
Size: 22.95 MB
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A volume of short works reflects the challenges and consequences faced by modern Indian women and features such characters as an adopted woman who is contacted by her orphanage caretaker aunt, a journalist's grandson who tries to prevent an execution, and an unwed teen whose family is thrown into chaos by her pregnancy. Reprint.