Daily Archives: October 7, 2019

*** River of Fire by Helen Prejean

Helen Prejean became a Catholic nun just a couple of years before the Vatican II Council, and in River of Fire: My Spiritual Journey, she gives an intriguing description of what the changes meant for nuns who, before, had absolutely no voice in their own destinies, and indeed could not even keep their own names. But the more interesting part of her memoir might be her candid discussion of how, living just blocks away from a  poor African American neighborhood in New Orleans, she had never walked or driven there, and was quite surprised when she decided to move there to find rampant police brutality along with dire poverty, setting her on a different course. She has a great sense of humor, whether describing the hot and cumbersome habit she wore in her early years or the difficulties of maintaining friendships with men.

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