Love & Salt: A Spiritual Friendship Shared in Letters

Love & Salt: A Spiritual Friendship Shared in Letters

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CarolBlank More than 1 year ago
Spiritual friendship Love & Salt consists of letters written by two young women between February 9, 2005 (Ash Wednesday) and November 2007. Their relationship began at a writing workshop at the end of graduate school when they discovered that both “wrote about God.” By the end of the term, the two had identified a mutual interest in the Old Testament Book of Ruth and in wider exploration of religion and the Catholic faith. Before leaving for different parts of the country, they pledged to write to each other every day during Lent of 2005, a period in which Amy Andrews was preparing to convert to Catholicism with Jessica Mesman as her sponsor. Though both women wrote of their families and jobs, most of the letters revolved around spirituality, often related to what they were reading. As the extensive bibliography indicates, they favored authors as diverse as Teresa of Avila; Georg Wilhelm Fredrich Hegel, the 19th century German philosopher; Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger; Thomas Merton; Marilynne Robinson; and Sylvia Plath. They also referred to popular music and movies. The thing to remember is that this is a “spiritual friendship in letters.” Though the letters are presented in chronological order, they can be seen as a series of reflections, any of which could stand alone for individual or group use. There is one section I strongly recommend to anyone who might be called upon to minister to parents suffering through miscarriage, stillbirth, or death of a premature infant. In brief, Jessica becomes pregnant soon after her marriage, and Amy conceives several months later. Jessica’s daughter, Charlotte, and Amy’s Clare will be great friends, the women believe, as they share their excitement, and concern over impending parenthood. Clare is stillborn. The letters (some not sent) are wrenching. This period is about halfway through the book, and Clare is an integral part of the remaining conversations—her life is always to be remembered