Letters From A Convent

Author: Jude Wadler
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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.

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
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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.

Romantic Correspondence

Author: Mary A. Favret
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521604284
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This study of correspondence in the Romantic period calls into question the common notion that letters are a particularly 'romantic', personal, and ultimately feminine form of writing.

The Love Knot

Author: Paul Doherty
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 0755398343
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Spring, 1297. Recently widowed Joanna of Acre, loving daughter of Edward I, is pleased at her father's unexpected visit. But Edward has heard a rumour of an inappropriate friendship between Joanna, still officially in widow's weeds, and penniless commoner Ralph Monthermer. Edward, believing he has proof of a clandestine affair, immures Joanna in a nunnery and imprisons Ralph within Bristol Castle. Henry Trokelowe, Edward's clerk, stops him killing Ralph, who is allowed to live while the cold, almost passionless Henry investigates. Ralph and Joanna's only chance of survival now lies in Henry's hands, but how can a confirmed bachelor even begin to understand the all-consuming passion binding them? Immersed in the colours and drama of Medieval life, this richly evocative novel combines fact and fiction to tell one of history's greatest but most secret love affairs.

Beauty Enough

Author: Rosemary Palms
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781985020030
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Cleaning out the cellar of her Brooklyn brownstone in 2010, six years after her husband had died, Rosemary Grebin Palms came across an all-but-forgotten trunk of Charlie's belongings. Inside was a trove of treasures -- photos, significant documents like his discharge papers from the U.S. Navy, little keepsakes -- but for Rosemary, the biggest surprise was priceless: a large bundle of letters with her handwriting on the envelopes. She recognized them as half of the correspondence that she and Charlie had exchanged more than forty years before, during a year of separation when they were both going through life-changing decisions. In 2013 Rosemary found the missing half: the letters Charlie had written to her. She knew she had the basis of a memoir. **** This is that memoir, a record of a fateful, heart-wrenching, searching, exhilarating year in both their lives.

Letters From A Black And White World

Author: Teresa Price
Publisher: WestBowPress
ISBN: 149080837X
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A rare glimpse into the training and life of a mid-twentieth-century nun; a story told on two levels— actual letters written as it was experienced, interspersed with narrative and retrospective comments. Overall, the book is a love story of a girl seeking God and dedicating her life to His service. The story begins on a hot July day when the seventeen-year-old candidate arrives at the novitiate in Missouri. Candid letters reveal the gradual transformation from a frivolous teen to a dedicated religious. The letters chronicle her efforts to cope with the rigorous training and lifestyle and ultimately, her failure to conform. Psychological effects and consequences of the lifestyle are discussed. Retrospective comments enhance the story, explaining customs and practices of the Old World spirituality of the times. Details of the Church reforms enacted in the 1960s that brought dramatic needed change are included. The system of belief, customs, and practices of the times sheds light on the scandalous abuse and secrecy issues in the news today. The author sums up her experiences in these words: “Some would argue, but I believe there is such a thing as a temporary vocation. I see my seven and a half years in the convent as such—a precious time of protection for me at a most vulnerable time in my life. Unaware of my motivation at the time, I’ve come to realize I entered the convent seeking peace and escape from the pain of losing my sister. The Lord called me aside just for a time, and during that time I learned to love and trust Him unreservedly. I felt a deep happiness, but as is the course of things, I eventually suffered the emotional consequences of denying those feelings of loss, guilt, and anger and not allowing myself to grieve.”

The Selected Letters Of Katharine Tynan

Author: Damian Atkinson
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
ISBN: 1443893013
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A farmer’s daughter, a convent girl, a lover of the Irish countryside, a poet, novelist and short story writer, a journalist, a friend of the English during war and peace, a fighter for justice, a Catholic, but able to see and decry the interference of religion in politics: this is in part Katharine Tynan Hinkson (1859–1931), usually known as Katharine Tynan, who lived in Ireland and England, and wrote through the turbulent times of Irish politics, suffrage, the Great War, and civil war in Ireland. Her background was rural Ireland, her father being a prosperous land-owning farmer. Educated locally and at a convent, she left aged fourteen and spent much time reading and enjoying the countryside, which became a foundation for her poetry and storytelling. She was aware of the politics of Ireland through her politically active father, and she joined the short-lived Ladies’ Land League in 1881 and was a fervent admirer of Charles Stewart Parnell. Her first major literary friendship was with her mentor, the Jesuit Father Matthew Russell, editor of the Irish Monthly, who published much of her work. He introduced Katharine to the Catholic literary couple Wilfrid and Alice Meynell in London in 1884, a visit which formed a deep love and admiration for Alice. The Meynells published much of her poetry in the Weekly Register and Merry England. Katharine made many visits to England and settled in England in 1893 after her marriage to Harry Hinkson, making it her home until returning to Ireland in 1912. After the Great War, she moved between England and Ireland, finally settling in London where she died. Katharine’s life spanned Anglo-Irish politics, the suffrage movement, the Easter Rising of 1916, the Great War (her two sons served in the British Army) and its aftermath. Her letters cover these events and the friendships and correspondence with many literary persons, including George William Russell (A.E.), G. K. Chesterton, Wilfrid Scawen Blunt, Clement King Shorter, the writer Frank James Mathew and the novelist May Sinclair. An early friend of W. B. Yeats, she was seen as part of the Irish literary revival, although in a minor role. Throughout her life she suffered from very poor eyesight. She published five autobiographies, which, together with the letters, provide us with valuable insight into her life and times.