Find More Mercy Projects

A Shining Lamp: The Oral Instructions of Catherine McAuley

Catherine McAuley (1778-1841), the founder of the Sisters of Mercy in 1831, frequently gave oral instructions to the first Mercy community.

Though she sometimes spoke explicitly about their religious vows, her words were always focused on the life, example, teachings, and evangelic spirit of Jesus Christ, emphasizing “resemblance” to him and fidelity to the calls of the Gospel. Her instructions have, therefore, a broad present-day relevance that can be inspiring and encouraging for all Christians. They are the “shining” words of a companion, a soul-friend, who offers guiding light to those who wend their pilgrim way toward the full-embrace of God’s merciful reign...

This book has been published by The Catholic University Press of America but orders are being filled by different suppliers. Please see ordering details below.

HOW TO ORDER:

E-book:
Click here to order the ebook

Print version:

  • In the United States:

Order online at cuapress.cua.edu
A link to order online can be accessed here
Order by phone at 1-800-537-5487
Order by mail: The Catholic University of America Press, c/o Hopkins Fulfillment Services, P.O. Box 50370, Baltimore, MD 21211 (email: hfscustserv@press.jhu.edu )

NB.There is a 25% discount in the US using discount code 'CASL' from 2 May 2017 - 2 August 2017.
For these months only the cost will be US$15.00 (plus local tax & shipping if these apply).

  • In Europe:

Order online at eurospanbookstore.com
A link to order online can be accessed here
Order by phone at +44(0)20 3286 2420

  • In Canada and the rest of the world:

Order online from Amazon

Details of how to order can also be found on this flyer

"A Shining Lamp reveals the heart and spirituality of Catherine McAuley, the 'why' of doing the works of mercy, spiritual and corpo­ral. For any reader- Sisters of Mercy, Mercy co-workers, followers of Jesus- the oral instructions provide glimpses into the motivation and inspiration of this extraordinary founder. At the core of Catherine's journey, 'resemblance to Jesus, charity, patient suffering, and humil­ity' illuminate the path of mercy for her followers today. The Sisters of Mercy are indebted to the companions of Catherine who treasured and safeguarded her sayings, letters, poetry, and instructions as a gift to future generations. Sister Mary C. Sullivan, through her exemplary scholarship, now offers our Church these instructions as a contempo­rary interpretation for following Jesus Christ."

-Patricia McDermott rsm
 President, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas

Mary C. Sullivan rsm is the author of 'The Path of Mercy: The Life of Catherine McAuley' and the editor of 'The Correspondence of Catherine McAuley'

Price: USD$19.95