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In A Memory for Wonders, Lucette Le Goulard’s father, a teacher, was an ardent socialist, very opposed to the Church. Her mother was caught up in her career, and Lucette’s arrival was a difficult adjustment for her young parents. Welcomed by her grandparents and great grandfather, she was cared for by them for the first few months, and they had the baby baptized. When her parents found this out, they were furious. They decided to leave France so that no one could teach their child about God or influence her mind “with oppressive superstition”. Thus, Lucette grew up in Morocco and Algiers.
At three, the child received her first understanding of God. Following an oppressive sandstorm, the whole sky seemed to explode in a beautiful sunset. Lucette suddenly knew that this splendor was created by Someone whom she should adore. Thus the grace of baptism bore fruit, and the uncatechized child began secretly to pray every day.
Although lonely and often disobedient, Lucette was gradually drawn into the spiritual life. She saw a picture of a crucifix and suddenly knew that the man on the cross had died for her, for all. She kept and secretly revered this picture. She grew up reading atheist, left-wing newspapers, but she later became a Catholic despite all the anti-clerical indoctrination.
With such an upbringing, Lucette would seem to be a most unlikely candidate to embrace religious life, yet at twenty-two she became a Poor Clare and later abbess in Algiers, Malawi, and Zambia. Mother Veronica’s autobiography fills the reader with amazement, hope, and love for God.
Mother Veronica wrote her story only as a requested gift for her abbess in Lusaka, Zambia. Mother Mary Frances finally convinced her to let her story of God’s mercy be shared more widely. Thus the book has become a gift for the whole Church. A Memory for Wonders is also available as an e-book.
Carolyn Lemon, Production Editor, is one of the first employees of Ignatius Press. She has two daughters, Siena and Shawna, and three grandchildren, Rob, Katie Rae, and John Henry.
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