Joyce A. Detzel
A wonderful spiritual tool of letter writing for Lent, which includes a look at temptation and sin, self-knowledge, suffering, and



$15.00 per title in the series. The series is comrpised of three titles: Power of the Pen, Heroic Hearts, and Arising Anew. See each separate title entry for descriptions. 

Series Overview

If you like writing letters, sharing with friends, or listening to personal faith stories, a new Marianist interactive experience may be for you.

We at NACMS have created My Dear Friend, a three-set spiritual companioning series based on the letters of Adèle, the young and energetic Founder of the Marianist Sisters. Her writings provide a rich source of personal and spiritual insight for today, the type of  material that is best shared with others.

People from various geographical locales, ages, denominations, and states of life lay, vowed or religious) pair up and become friends who reflect on topical background sheets and correspond with each other based on conversation starter questions that guide writing sessions. Joyce Detzel, former NACMS intern, is the author.



Arising Anew Overview


The paschal mystery of Jesus' suffering, death, and resurrection brings radical change to lives, families, and communities. Gain a new appreciation for how temptation, sin, and guilt can be transformed into moments of healing and life--find renewed hope that the spirit of fire and love can strengthen and empower broken places of life, ministry, and service.



by Joyce Detzel

Some people have a knack for seeing God's active presence in all aspects of life. This gift, called grace, sometimes becomes dramatically real through a radical, life-changing conversion experience. The time, date, and place are indelibly etched in the mind and the heart.

God's grace comes to others in gentle, subtle ways. Grace slowly seeps into their lives, covering them with an increasing awareness of God's love and thousandfold goodness in their everyday lives and personal relationships. This consciousness, in turn, gradually brings the power and significance of God into sharper focus.

Adè le once said, "The web of our lives, dear friend, is woven with graces." She believed everyone could be abundantly aware of God's loving presence, but that we would take it in "only to the extent that our hearts are able to receive it."

*Sample Question: Has God's grace become apparent in your life through a dramatic conversion experience, in gradual, subtle ways, or by some other means altogether?