The Arms of God is a love story in which the author weaves together the life stories of the Sisters of St. Mary of Namur from their first call to religious life, to teaching and mission work, to a deeper sense of community during the challenging times that followed Vatican II. As beautifully expressed by Sister Gabriella, "Falling in love with God determines if I will get up in the morning; it is the WHY I am moved to do all these things am I called to do . . . it is necessary to continue to remember and cherish our call, to listen again to the language of love, of the first love, of what or Who . . . drew you . . . What gift do I give in return?"
The Sisters' journey carries them from the early days of Catholic education in Texas, to Africa and the terrible years of the Rawandan genocide, and to carrying God's message today in Fort Worth, Texas. Their intimate stories draw the reader into the Sisters' lives, sharing laughter in one moment and tears in the next. Join these remarkable teachers, nurses, and missionaries as they accomplish the seemingly impossible while following the path God has placed before them. Sister Patricia shares, "when you move from believing something to doing something uncomfortable . . . having once done that, then there's a freedom . . . a different way of feeling, a different way of understanding what might need to be done." This is a timely story of love, faith, and freedom that challenges readers to listen for the call of God in their own lives.