by Joyce Detzel
$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.
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.
Power of the Pen Overview
Write, share, and talk about topics relevant to everyday faith. Learn the art of spiritual companioning. Explore what it means to be faithful leaders/followers who try to understand how God is at work in their life. Consider new ways to put your faith into action. See how silence and speech can be spiritual tools and walk more closely with Mary as a companion.
Letters are great sources of joy, inspiration, and encouragement. Adèle de Batz de Trenquelléon (Founder of the Marianist Sisters) and her many friends discovered this truth nearly two hundred years ago. They plumbed the depths of faith and questioned life's mysteries in a lifelong "correspondence ministry" that would bring renewed strength, hope, and spiritual vibrancy to many others throughout France.
A unique type of friendship soon flourished among the group. Unlike many of our relationships, these companions saw themselves primarily as spiritual friends . . . who spurred each other on to a more mature faith.
It wasn't long before the adults noticed the life-changing impact that these written exchanges had on the young women. They encouraged them to expand their small circle. The numbers grew at an amazing pace within the next few years: six . . . to twenty . . . to fifty . . . then, literally hundreds.