Mother Mary Francis, P.C.C., was abbess of the Poor Clare Monastery of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Roswell, New Mexico for over forty years before passing away on February 11, 2006, the feast day of Our Lady of Lourdes (see this wonderful column by Archbishop Raymond L. Burke about Mother Francis).
Her thoughtful letters, essays, poems and books have spread her spiritual wisdom far beyond the walls of her cloister. Her Ignatius Press books include A Right to Be Merry, Forth and Abroad, and Anima
Christi: Soul of Christ. Ignatius has just published her book, But I Have Called You Friends: Reflections on the Art of Christian Friendship. The description:
In these gentle, simple, yet profound conferences, Mother Mary Francis, P.C.C., explores both the necessity and the difficulty of Christian friendship.
Friendship is the basis of all fruitful love, she wrote. Whether we are single or married, priest or religious, the Lord himself called us his friends and commanded us to be the friends of one another.
Mother explained the reason this command is so difficult: knowing, understanding, and respecting another person are necessary for loving him, and these things take time. We must be friends if we are to love.
With this small volume, Mother Mary Francis inspires us and helps us to be patient by revealing both the demands and the rewards of our vocation to love and be loved.