This Flowing Toward Me: A Story of God Arriving in Strangers

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In the spirit of Dead Man Walking, a Catholic nun recounts how opening her life to the world's most vulnerable reaped a harvest of rich personal blessing.

What began in 1979 as a response to a random bulletin board posting would ultimately change Sister Marilyn Lacey's life—and the lives of countless refugees. In vivid prose, Sister Lacey narrates her twenty-five year spiritual journey of work with those displaced by conflict and disaster. In the spirit of Dead Man Walking, she ...

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Overview

In the spirit of Dead Man Walking, a Catholic nun recounts how opening her life to the world's most vulnerable reaped a harvest of rich personal blessing.

What began in 1979 as a response to a random bulletin board posting would ultimately change Sister Marilyn Lacey's life—and the lives of countless refugees. In vivid prose, Sister Lacey narrates her twenty-five year spiritual journey of work with those displaced by conflict and disaster. In the spirit of Dead Man Walking, she invites us to solidarity with some of the world's most vulnerable.

Timely and engaging, This Flowing Toward Me offers fresh, personal insights into the world of refugees and international immigrants. More importantly, it stirs our hearts to remember the gospel mandate to welcome the stranger.

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What People Are Saying

Helen Prejean
"With a lively mix of humor, insight and compassion, the author invites those of us living behind locked doors in a world shuttered by homeland security to risk engaging unknown neighbors near and far, and there discover, perhaps to our unending surprise, that where we most felt threatened, a wealth of blessings instead awaits us."--(Helen Prejean, C.S.J., Author of Dead Man Walking
James Martin
"A warm, personal and inviting memoir about one of the most important issues of our time-the refugee crisis-told through the eyes of a remarkable woman of faith. In Sister Marilyn's beautiful new book you will not only encounter a remarkable gathering of men and women, but also better understand how much the poor have to teach us about life, about hope, and about God."--(James Martin, S.J., Author of This Our Exile: A Spiritual Journey with the Refugees of East Africa)
Peter van Breemen

Treat yourself to this book: it will surely change the way you think about strangers and aliens—and quite possibly change your understanding of who God is and where God dwells, and how you two could meet. (Peter van Breemen, S.J. Author of The God of Our Deepest Longings)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594711978
  • Publisher: Ave Maria Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 710,811
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Marilyn Lacey, R.S.M., has worked with refugees for the past 25 years, both in displaced persons camps in Africa and Asia, and as Director of Refugee Services with Catholic Charities in San Jose, California. In 2001 she was honored by the Dalai Lama as an "Unsung Hero of Compassion" and has long been an advocate for refugees and migrants. She holds an M.S.W. from U.C. Berkeley and in 2008 she founded the nonprofit Mercy Beyond Borders, whose mission is to partner with displaced women and children overseas in ways that help them move up from extreme poverty.

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From This Flowing Toward Me:

According to an African proverb, a person who sees something good must tell the story. I have seen something good, and friends who know of my experiences with refugees have prodded me for a while now to write a book. For years I have dismissed the idea, but the truth is that I am a happy person living what I feel is a fascinating life. Perhaps that's rare enough in our troubled world to justify this account of the source of my joy, found in the ordinariness of welcoming the strangers in our midst.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2009

    Learning to love in a new way - indeed!

    As Marilyn Lacey volunteers to help process refugees upon their arrival in the United States, little does she guess that her life will be permanently changed by these newcomers. "Learning to love in a new way" is how she understands the central call in her life. Told with humor and humility, Marilyn's story quickly engages readers. By the time she volunteered to serve in refugee camps far from home, I was hooked. At times I laughed out loud; at other times, I wept over the poignant stories of refugees. This is a wonderful book, told with sensitivity and great love. I hated to see it nearing an end, but in Marilyn's closing chapter, she offers a precious opening into her own heart. There we discover the great "why" of her life. It's the profound spirituality of this chapter that I keep coming back to for my own spiritual nourishment and growth. Thank you, Marilyn!

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