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As an ex religious Sister myself I related to much of what Nancy wrote. Life in community is joyful. God leads people into community but sometimes only for a time, not for life. That time is a gift and is never a waste. A lovely account.
Finally, an accurate, perceptive portrayal of pre and post Vatican Il convent life in the United States. This memoir sheds light on a generation of wholesome, intelligent Catholic young women who entered American convents in response to a call for service and spiritual fulfillment. When their community lives were suddenly disrupted and transformed by the Secondary Vatican Council, they forged alternate paths to serve God and society. Despite seeking dispensation from their relgious vows, many, like the author, value their time spent in these religious communities as an integral, formative part of their lives which they do not regret. Having lived such a life, I can personally attest to it!
I just started reading this book. The Kindle version has numerous issues with layout (headers inserted in the middle of the page), photos blacked out or chopped up, graphics upside down. Really distracting.
Beautifully written memoir of the author's years in a convent and the reasons that led her to it as well as led her to leave. Her descriptions of religious life are detailed and vivid and, unlike many memoirs about convent life, she remembers her time there with happiness. She found religious life fulfilling and often joyful. She describes her spiritual and emotional growth from a teenager to a young woman and the influence of the1960s on her. The author includes many letters and pictures that further brings the story to life.
I've always been fascinated by nuns, and I've known a few "formers" in my life. Nancy's book is a clear-eyed view of convent life and I can hear her voice as the story goes on. I appreciate her candor and how she relates to the lay person the intricacies of the life without the sense that she's angry or harboring any kind of negativity.