Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Fly While You Still Have Wings

Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Fly While You Still Have Wings

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FLY WHILE YOU STILL HAVE WINGS

By Joyce Rupp (Ave Maria, 2015)

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The dozen books that Joyce Rupp has published with Ave Maria Press have sold more than a million copies, making Rupp a powerhouse in the world of Catholic books. Now comes what many say is her best book yet, Fly While You Still Have Wings: And Other Lessons my Resilient Mother Taught Me, Rupp's honest account of her relationship with her mother during Hilda Rupp's final years.

A member of the Servite community and a renowned speaker, retreat leader, and spiritual director, Joyce Rupp says she is first an Iowa farmer's daughter. In this book we encounter Hilda, another Iowa farmer's daughter, whose dad gave her a cow for a wedding present. In a 1965 diary entry she scribbled a chronicle of backbreaking labor without an ounce of self-pity: "Hot and humid. Did 10 loads of wash. Waxed all hardwood floors. Baked two cakes. Got vegetables from garden. Men combined and baled hay." To this her daughter adds the wry comment: "(This meant she made dinner for them)." Rupp is remarkably honest about the consequences her mother bore from living with Rupp's father, who, despite many good attributes, verbally abused his wife, insulting her and calling her "stupid. …

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