Throughout the history of the Catholic Church, in her most troubled and turbulent times, God has raised up great saints as beacons of hope in the midst of darkness. Among these great saints, the four women doctors of the Church stand out as models of courage, wisdom, and trust. Their example and teachings remain with us, relevant to the challenges of our own day, urging us on to renewal with unwavering hope.
"Trust shows the way," wrote Saint Hildegard of Bingen. These words set the courageous standard by which she, Teresa of Avila, Catherine of Siena, and Thérèse of Lisieux lived. They are the watchword for the Church in every age, and especially in our own.
In Women of Hope, Terry Polakovic introduces these amazing women and describes the troubled times in which they lived and persevered. These women remind us that God can work through anyone to bring about his purpose. They prove to us that, as Christians, we can live in confident hope, no matter the circumstances in which we find ourselves.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Terry Polakovic is the co-founder of Endow (Educating on the Nature and Dignity of Women), and served as the president of the organization from 2003-2015. Before retiring, she worked in nonprofit leadership for more than 30 years. In 2010, she received the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice Cross Award ("For the Church and the Pontiff") from Pope Benedict XVI. In 2011, Terry was recognized as an Outstanding Catholic Leader by the Catholic Leadership Institute. She is the author of Life and Love: Opening Your Heart to God’s Design (Our Sunday Visitor, 2018). She lives in Colorado with her husband, Mike.
Explore the impact of each of the early Christian women on the Church, then and now. Their stories will enthrall you. Their writings will inspire you. Their witness will empower you.
The Eternal Father speaks to "a human soul" — Saint Catherine — and describes the substance of the spiritual life. Through allegories, metaphors, and analogies, he guides Saint Catherine — and the reader — toward a deeper understanding of his divine providence, what is needed to live a holy life, and the importance of prayer and obedience.