Writing the book these last few days have been slogging days. Trying to bring the reader into the seismic shifts of consciousness brought to Catholics by Vatican Council II, which means I’m into stacks of books, refreshing my mind on content. Then, the challenge to keep my book from being “bookish,” and that’s where fresh, lived experience comes in.

In a few short years I went from being a nun who relied on authorities to direct my life’s work and all I had to do was to be obedient… then the realization that the self of me had to search, to discern, and then to choose work from the needs of people. It was their suffering, their pain that enkindled my conscience, my heart and mind to respond.