Mark Salzman’s “Lying Awake” chronicles the life of Sister John of the Cross, a Carmelite nun living in a Los Angeles monastery. Salzman depicts Sister John’s struggle to connect with God in during the late 20th century, and in detailing the activities of her and her fellow nuns, he demonstrates how Christian practices still bring people spiritual peace in modern times. Salzman’s descriptions of the nuns’ interactions in contemporary life demonstrate how Christian practices, though no longer commonplace, still serve as a valuable part of society to some Americans. During Sister John’s first trip to the hospital, she experiences a disconnect with society beyond the monastery when she draws the attention of other patients even though she knows her habit is meant to minimize distraction (Salzman, 41). However, her presence also elicits a gesture of respect from one man (40).
Her feast day is on August 9th. Edith was an incredibly admirable person, and continues to inspire people all over the world today. She sought philosophical truth her entire life which led to a very close relationship with God. Her relationship with God gave her the ability to be able to stay in the Netherlands with her sister even though she knew that this meant almost inescapable extermination. We can emulate St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross by being selfless, and putting others before ourselves.
For centuries, the children of native first nations endured tremendous trauma within the confines of boarding schools, which were mostly run by the Roman Catholic Church. Assimilation was the primary purpose of these boarding schools, but we see time and time again examples of struggle and resistance against that assimilation effort. Louise Erdrich writes about this resistance in the chapter "Saint Marie" in her novel, Love Medicine. In this chapter, Marie Lazarre's character is first introduced as a young girl of mixed blood, trying to appeal to whiteness through her connection to Catholicism. "The object that Marie aspired to reach is a sense of identity and belonging.
Being messenger of Good Faith is a characteristic that I found very appealing. This is the kind of nurse I hope to be. I want to be there for my patients with my faith during the hardest times. Also I want to help them understands that God is wonderful and he is always present among us. Question 2: Have you ever had a concrete situation
When she was growing up she went in and out of loving her religious life, but also sinning because she was caught up with friends and popularity. She always found her way back to her religious life. When she became sick she had inner experiences of joy and peace and that brought back her faith that God can make everything
In the novel Their Eyes Were Watching God, we follow our protagonist, Janie, through a journey of self-discovery. We watch Janie from when she was a child to her adulthood, slowly watching her ideals change while other dreams of hers unfortunately die. This is shown when Jane first formulates her idea of love, marriage, and intimacy by comparing it to a pear tree; erotic, beautiful, and full of life. After Janie gets married to her first spouse, Logan Killicks, she doesn’t see her love fantasy happening, but she waits because her Nanny tells her that love comes after marriage. Janie, thinking that Nanny is wise beyond her years, decides to wait.
She heard the wind blow and saw light from the grotto and suddenly saw the face of a beautiful young woman dressed in white, her beauty struck Bernadette and she started to pray the rosary as the lady joined. The lady asked Bernadette to return to the grotto every day for 15 days. Bernadette told her sister and her sister passed the story to her mother, her mother refused to believe the story and said that she might have imagined them or it might have been the ghost of some relative. (O.F.M.,
Concerned also for the spiritual welfare of all people, Francis preaches throughout Italy, sharing with those who listen the secret of true happiness found only in Jesus Christ. One of Francis' greatest acts of love involves the young Lady Clare and her new way of life. The Lady needs assistance escaping the dwelling of her noble family, as well as encouragement and guidance in establishing her order. Both of these needs are generously filled by Francis, who also selflessly helps Clare to maintain her convent. Together, the holy men and women of these two orders courageously serve God and the poor.
Mairs herself doesn’t fully comprehend why she decided on this title, but she believes that she wants others to see her as a “tough customer”. A person who “fates/gods/viruses have not been kind”, yet still can accept the brutal truth. By claiming all this, Mairs makes the reader realize that she’s a unyielding individual, yet also appeals to pathos by invoking feelings of sympathy from the reader. Also, one would likely agree that
At times, while I read this book, I found myself angry with men because of their brutal and thoughtfulness of women. Pomeroy plays on the heartstrings of women by not including the kind stories that men did for women during these times, although there were probably few. I would recommend this to others who want to know more about the treatment of women and the roles that they played in history. It is hard for me to believe all that was stated in the book was factual because of the fact women did not write during the time and the written scripts could have been written from a male perspective. As well as that there were not lots of information left behind, and paintings can be hard to