This is the second in our new Book Notes series. In this monthly series, we highlight books we think our readers may enjoy, written by authors affiliated with the Collegeville Institute.
Mercy within Mercy: Georges and Pauline Vanier and the Search for God
Darton, Longman & Todd, 2015
by Mary Frances Coady, Summer 2012 writing workshop participant, Resident Scholar 2013/14
In this book, Mary Frances Coady illuminates the lives of Georges and Pauline Vanier (parents of Jean Vanier, co-founder of the L’Arche communities). In the mid-1900’s, a time of great social and cultural change, this couple modeled a contemplative inner spiritual life that formed the impetus for their notable public service and social commitments. Coady’s thorough research offers readers a fresh glimpse into the life of this remarkable family.
I Am Joseph: Shepherd, Dreamer, Savior
Cathleen M. Horrell, 2015
by Cathleen M. Horrell, Summer 2012 writing workshop participant, upcoming Resident Scholar Spring 2016
I am Joseph delves into the biblical narrative of Joseph, and posits that he is the first person in the Genesis creation story to become fully human. Following Joseph’s journey, Cathleen Horrell reflects on how the symbols and images in the story reveal a humanity that is inherently sacred. More than just a biblical commentary, this book is about reading the scriptures in their original language—the language of the soul.
Catholic Women Speak: Bringing Our Gifts to the Table
Paulist Press, 2015
Edited by the Catholic Women Speak Network
This book was conceived as a way of helping Catholic Church leaders prepare for the 2015 Synod on the Family by sharing with them the vision, voices, and experiences of women in the church. An essay by Catherine Cavanagh, 2007 Collegeville Institute summer writing workshop participant and fall 2007 resident scholar, calls for dialogue about the role of women in the structure of the church, and looks at the impact of that structure on women globally. The essays included in this anthology will be of interest to anyone who seeks to understand more about the faith of Catholic women in the modern world, and the many perspectives, questions, and insights that women bring to the Catholic church from their diverse cultures and contexts.