Don’t laugh, but high up there on my list of personal goals is a desire for greater holiness. I’ve known a few holy people in my life–have you? They radiate peace and God’s love and you feel blessed to be in their presence. I’d like to be one of those people, but they are rare.
I’d also like to be the kind of person with a prayer routine, or the kind who keeps a prayer journal, or attends daily Mass and/or adoration, or has a spiritual director. While other women are envious of the well-kept houses and perfectly behaved children they see on Facebook and Pinterest, I’m jealous of the spirituality of the Catholic women I have encountered online.
Wow, how messed up does that sound?
As a someone who delights in reading and learning, you would think that at least I could manage some regular spiritual reading. Yet the inspirational books with scriptural reflections for each day lie unopened on my nightstand, and my pile of unread religious books grows ever higher. Whenever I manage to open one of those books, I fall asleep within minutes.
Life is busy and life is hard, and most of the time I have to content myself with at least the notion that I am living my faith through my actions instead of devoting time to prayer and spiritual reading. I think that’s a bit of a cop out, though, and that’s one reason I was grateful for the opportunity I was given to read A Walk in Her Sandals: Experiencing Christ’s Passion through the Eyes of Women.
In exchange for my honest reflections and as part of my participation in the Siena Sisters blog hop, I received an advance copy of this creative take on the Passion of Jesus. One thing I AM good with is deadlines so I was able to make time to read this book so I could share it with you.
Not that it was a big sacrifice. I really enjoyed reading it, and I stayed awake too. Written in sections by a team of ten Catholic women, this book is meant to be used as a Lenten study, either for an individual or a small group. It is divided into six chapters, each showcasing a spiritual gift unique to women with accompanying scripture and exegesis, personal reflections, suggestions for prayer, questions for group discussion, and guidance for evangelization.
The heart of the book for me, though, was the stories that make up an imaginative thread that gives the book its title and its life. Each chapter introduces us to some of the women who knew Jesus or his disciples, and invites us to experience the events of Holy Week through their eyes. I’ve read things like this before, and they can easily seem a little too precious, but these stories were well done, the women carefully characterized, the narrative compelling and moving as each woman encountered Jesus and His message in her own way. I just loved these stories. They really brought the scripture, which I of course have heard hundreds of times, to life in a new and exciting way for me.
I recommend you go here and order Walk in Her Sandals before Lent. I plan to read it again myself at that time, and maybe I will be able to move a little further down that road to holiness by Easter.
This post is part of the CWBN Siena Sisters Blog Hop. Click the picture below to see what everyone else had to say about Walk in Her Sandals.
It’s so easy to become envious of others’ spirituality! However, one thing that is my mantra is, “we are all on a journey, and at different points of our journey.” We can’t compare ourselves to what we see emanating from others – Mother Teresa, for example, struggled with the Dark Night of the Soul for *decades,* and yet, those who didn’t know her intimately (her Confessor and her Spiritual Director) would not have known that just by watching her!
Also, I too, have books on my nightstand – well meaning intentions waiting to become reality.
I’m glad this book touched you – I am also considering re-reading it during Lent!
Great point about Mother Teresa. While I hate that she experienced that, I am glad her struggle came to light to inspire the rest of us in our own struggles. Thanks for the encouragement!
Sometimes it can be hard to see the line between envying someone and aspiring to the virtues we see in them.
I definitely have been envious of the ladies in my life who have spiritual advisors (you can’t just order them on Amazon, after all).
I have the PERFECT pairing for this book during Lent … Women in the New Evangelization (WINE) online Lenten Book Club!! HOPE to see you joining us there because I KNOW you have so much to offer us on the Lenten Journey together!
Really? That sound like fun!