Connie Rossini’s spirituality column runs in The Prairie Catholic in New Ulm, Minnesota, where she currently lives with her husband and four sons. It is also carried by The Catholic Times of LaCrosse, Wisconsin. She has been writing both fiction and non-fiction from a young age. Connie has created a contemplative method for homeschooling her children, and blogs about faith-based education and Carmelite spirituality at http://contemplativehomeschool.wordpress.com.
Black Narcissus is the third novel and first best-seller by Rumer Godden, who later wrote such works as In This House of Brede and Five for Sorrow, Ten for Joy. Like the later novels, Black Narcissus is a story about nuns. The nuns in this novel, however, are Anglicans, not Catholics. Godden herself was an Anglican at the time she wrote it. Although it’s an enjoyable book, it does not rise to the heights of her great works.
The story begins with five nuns on the way to establish a new convent in the Himalayas in India. Sister Clodagh is the young, pretty, and sure...
Five for Sorrow, Ten for Joy is the fictional story of Elizabeth Fanshawe, once an infamous Paris Madame and murderer, now a nun. Yes, you read that right. This is not as ludicrous as you might think. She is a member of the real-life Dominicans Sisters of Bethany, founded to address the piety of repentant French convicts.
Elizabeth’s descent into vice begins innocently enough, when she is separated from her guide through Paris. The city, newly liberated from the Nazis, is ablaze with celebration. Elizabeth, a driver for English army officers, joins the party. Lost and intoxicated, she accep...
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