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Quarete in Heaven, Four Portraits of Saintly Women - St. Catherine of Genoa, Cornelia Connelly, St. Rose of Lima, St. Therese of Lisieux
Quarete in Heaven Four Portraits of Saintly Women - St Catherine of Genoa Cornelia Connelly St Rose of Lima St Therese of Lisieux Author:Sheila Kaye-Smith FOUR BRILLIANT STUDIES IN SANCTITY — QUARTET IN HEAVEN is Sheila Kaye-Smith's warmly human and penetrating study of four saintly women: St. Catherine of Genoa, Cornelia Connelly, St. Rose of Lima, and St. Therese of Lisieux. These studies in sanctity become, under the skillful and gifted pen of Miss Kaye-Smith, provocative and revealing accounts ... more »of the varied paths to spiritual perfection. Two of Miss Kaye-Smith's subjects, St. Catherine and St. Rose, are saints in the grand manner, complete with visions, ecstasies, miracles, and almost inhuman penances, while Corneila Connelly and St. Therese are revealed as women who achieved spiritual perfection through the more ordinary means of daily work, prayer, and suffering.
St. Catherine was a married woman, deserted by her husband, who discovered the heights of holiness in plague-ridden 16th-century Genoa. St. Rose of Lima, in contrast, was a celebrated beauty who lived a cloistered life and practiced such terrible penances for the sins of the conquistadores in the New World that her sanctity was legendary even in her lifetime. Cornelia Connelly was a gay, socially prominent, and happily married Victorian matron whose serene life was shattered by sensational emotional cataclysms and rebuilt through extraordinary spiritual graces. St. Therese of Lisieux was still a shy, reticent child when she entered the strictly enclosed order of Carmel, from which hidden place her spiritual doctrine of The Little Way was to electrify the world.
Each of these saintly women, described stirringly and with great insight, is of termendous interest to the modern reader, for each reveals the deep spiritual relationship of the soul to God that can be achieved in all walks of life.
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