Carol Lee Flinders has produced a marvelous, cohesive collection of stories of the lives of St. Clare of Assisi, Mechthild of Magdeburg, Julian of Norwich, St. Catherine of Genoa, St. Catherine of Siena, St. Teresa of Avila and St. Therese of Lisieux.
Through their lives, Flinders finds, runs a common thread even though they lived hundreds of years apart, and it has import for women today: “There is emotional freedom, and courage as well, evident in all of these lives, not just physical bravery, though they possessed that in full measure, but also the capacity to endure the subtlest kinds of interior trials. Women today see so much in the world we want to resist and change. For our own sakes and also for our daughters, nieces, and granddaughters. We know very well that far-reaching social and political reforms begin with individuals willing to change themselves.