Have you ever wondered what motivated Mother Teresa to care for the poor and destitute in India? Or have you wondered what it’s like to be a Missionary of Charity? Our first spiritual classics selection for the new school year is Mother Teresa’s beautiful book, A Simple Path, describing her remarkable spiritual journey. We’ll discuss Mother Teresa’s lifelong ministry and book of spiritual wisdom on Tuesday, October 4, at 7:30 pm over Zoom.

Registration is required. To participate, just send an email to llaffc@ascensionoakpark.com with the name of the book in the subject line. You’ll receive a return email before the discussion with a link for the Zoom meeting. For more information, links to obtain the book, and details for the upcoming monthly discussions on spiritual classics, go to www.ascensionoakpark.com/apps/pages/athome. Reading the book is not required in order to join the discussions – feel free to just come and learn about Mother Teresa and her missionary work. All members of Oak Park parishes are welcome.

Mother Teresa, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for her lifetime work serving the poor, discusses how her personal credo of “love in action” has shaped her life and shows readers how to build a similarly strong and charitable foundation for their lives. A Simple Path also tells the story of the founding of the Missionaries of Charity, their purpose and practice, and the results of their tireless work. Through faith, surrender, and prayer, the missionaries live to serve others; they have improved the lives of countless souls and given dignity to the dying.

These spiritual classics book discussions will be held on the first Tuesday of each month, October through June (except for January). We’ve lined up an exciting selection of classic spiritual works by Thomas Merton, Teilhard du Chardin, St. Louis de Montfort, Dorothy Day, and others. These book discussions are sponsored by the Lifelong Learning and Adult Faith Formation Committee.