Magazine article First Things; A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life

My Sisters the Saints: A Spiritual Memoir

Magazine article First Things; A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life

My Sisters the Saints: A Spiritual Memoir

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My Sisters the Saints: A Spiritual Memoir BY COLLEEN CARROLL CAMPBELL RANDOM HOUSE, 224 PAGES, $22.99

In My Sisters the Saints: A Spiritual Memoir, Catholic journalist Colleen Carroll Campbell interweaves her own life story with the stories of six holy women: Teresa of Avila, Thérèse of Lisieux, Faustina Kowalska, Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein), Teresa of Calcutta (Mother Teresa), and the Blessed Mother. Treating them as exemplars and guides, she meditates upon their lives, words, and work while confronting an array of difficulties in her own life, be it learning of her father's early-onset Alzheimer's (Thérèse of Lisieux), struggling to balance the demands of her personal and professional lives (Faustina), dealing with infertility (Edith Stein), or accepting the potential loss of her long-awaited and as yet unborn children (Mary the Mother of God).

The biographies, basic and concise, provide lesser-known and engaging elements of each saint's life, though they serve primarily as narrative devices that possess greater value for Campbell than for her readers. Until, that is, she turns to the Blessed Mother herself; contemplating her as an exemplar of womanhood, she is able to revise the offerings of both modern feminism and its critics. …

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