Monday, July 20, 2009

Book review: The mysterious hand of God

A Memory for Wonders: A True Story A Memory for Wonders: A True Story by Veronica Namoyo Le Goulard

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I read this book from Ignatius Press many years ago. Mother Namoyo wrote her autobiography out of obedience to her religious superior, who directed her to write her story, much like St. Thérèse of Lisieux, in Story of a Soul. The forward is written by Mother Mary Francis, who wrote A Right to be Merry, another excellent book about the religious life.

Mother Namoyo grew up the only child of socialist atheist parents who kept their daughter from ever hearing any stories about God. Although she was born in France, her parents moved to North Africa, in part to keep her from any religious influence. Little did they know, her grandmother secretly baptized her before they left and planted a seed which would grow. Despite growing up without any religious instruction whatsoever, Mother Namoyo tells of the tremendous graces that were showered upon her and the how interior knowledge of Christ and his passion were made known to her.

This is a remarkable story with an equally remarkable ending. An inspiring read that I need to re-read soon.

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