In this edited selection from the accounts Angela dictated both of her visionary experiences and her advice and insights, Elizabeth Ruth Obbard has rendered into direct speech the voice of a woman from the thirteenth century, robust and passionate, constantly open to fresh perspectives.
Reading the Book of Life
The Life and Teachings of St Angela of Foligno for everyone
Angela of Foligno was a well-off, complacent wife and mother when she was first attracted by the Franciscan ideal of poverty. She wondered how someone as worldly as she could be part of the great new Franciscan Order that was nurturing so much holiness around her.
The turning-point in her spiritual life came when she understood that she was loved by God, accepted as she was and forgiven. Freed by this certainty she responded with love.
To her, Christ is a Living Book. She ‘reads’ him with loving attention and describes with immediacy and verve their growing relationship.
About the author
Elizabeth Ruth Obbard was born into an army family and educated in England and Germany. After completing her schooling, she entered the Carmelite Order where she has been a contemplative nun for many years and is currently living in the Carmelite monastery in Quidenham, Norfolk. She has written and illustrated many books, particularly on the lives of saints.
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