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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

It's the Little Things

The Prison Angel, Mother Antonia's Life of Service in a Mexican Jail
by Mary Jordan and Kevin Sullivan

What is a twice divorced mother of seven doing wearing a habit? She is pouring her life into serving the poor, especially prisoners, in Tijuana, Mexico.
Mary Brenner Clarke has a servants heart. Losing her mother at a young age, her father taught his children the importance of helping others. She knew at an early age that she wanted to serve others. But How? When? Where?

This book details her life as a young girl from a well to do family, failed marriages and her search for fulfillment that ultimately brought her to the Habit and opened the doors for older women longing to serve and share their gifts. Mother's order the Eudist Servants of the Eleventh Hour, gives women, ages 45 to 65, the opportunity to serve their Church and their communities as religious sisters.

Perhaps you also have a desire to serve, or maybe, you feel like something is missing in your life. Joining a religious order may not be possible. So what can you do?
Mother Antonia, making peanut and butter and jelly sandwiches for prisoners, offers this advice, " There are so many things people can do. It doesn't have to be enormous. It's the little things. Anyone can make a sandwich."

This book is an awesome testament to serving others in the face of much adversity. What Mother Antonia has done is reach out, give completely of herself.

" ..once I choose who I love and who I don't, I am no longer God's servant." - Mother Antonia

You can find this book at Amazon.com

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