The Springs of Silence

New York: Prentice-Hall, 1953

Springs of Silence

Candid and sincere, this is the autobiography of a dedicated soul, representing a first-hand account of convent life, as well as the harmonious freedom a nun may gain from obedience to divine discipline.

With gentle, almost sly humor, the author writes of her pre-convent life, her call, shopping for her “trousseau,” entering the convent. Then come the period of readjustment in her notivitate, her final vows, her teaching, her relationships with the world and its works. Portraits of other nuns provide a glimpse of the different personalities that make up a religious community, their duties and diversions, their lapses, conflicts, achievements.

Disturbing because of its very simplicity, this deeply moving account of a completely human young woman’s experience reveals a way of life that cannot fail to be an inspiration to all readers, regardless of creed or denomination. In following this record of a useful career, one becomes increasingly aware of how a complete surrender to God leads to a glorious victory.