In the form of poetry and prose, music and dance, Radical Love in the Convent: A Dance of Body & Soul tells a story of evolutionary moments of faith, hope, healing and celebration as I found myself on an unprecedented journey of love in religious community, and as part of the earth community.
It is my hope that each reader will be affirmed in the joys, challenges, questions that dance within their own lives as we each move deeper and deeper into love.
God, Show Me Your Face NOW!
Dancing with the Universe
202 pages; including photographs that further enunciate the beauty and power
of the journey.
Excerpt from Chapter 3
I arrived at the convent doorstep veiled in assumptions about conforming to a perceived way of being...My wild woman instincts were subsumed by my own perceptions about religious life, and by the patriarchal culture in which I grew up and in which religious life resides. Although I did not know it at the time, my wild woman nature needed to be soul-retrieved and my assumptions unveiled so that rather than conform, I could be an active participant in shaping the form of life in which I had chosen to participate. p46
Excerpt from Chapter 7
Little did I know that my longing for the spiritual life would beg the blessing of my sexual self, and that by daring to "look again" at my sexuality, my spiritual life would be transformed. But it wasn't easy. p115-116
God, Show Me Your Face NOW! tells the story of unexpected encounters, within and without, that led me to enter the Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls, MN.
Body Prayer awakens the beauty of our connection with all creation.
Holy Disobedience honors the ‘deep listening’ that we each deserve and require in the embrace of our authentic lives.
Life Changed is the novitiate journey of dying, and unexpected new life, that my mother’s death evoked in me.
Radical Religious bespeaks the revolutionary power of love in the cause of justice.
Habit Forming re-dresses perceptions, ideologies that hinder rather than further connection with self, others, the earth.
Sacred Sexuality embodies the ardent need yet struggle for sexuality that is blessed and why it matters to all creation.
Inside Out is the paradox of saying ‘yes’ to the evolution of faith, hope and love in, and out, of the convent.
Dancing with the Universe gathers all the organisms of the universe in hope and celebration of our shared earthly life.