In my humble defense, I graduated summa cum laude, with highest distinction in philosophy and was awarded “outstanding student of philosophy” from the University of Illinois in 1991. Delaying post-graduate studies in theology, I eventually opted for marriage and family in lieu of a doctorate.
Though I have spent my life reading Catholic history, theology, and spirituality, as well as the lives of the Saints, I do not have the usual qualifications to write a book on such a subject as the Holy Face Devotion: While I give some talks and interviews on the Holy Face Devotion, occasionally write articles for Catholic magazines, and have contributed a foreword Father Lawrence Carney’s newly published book on the subject, The Secret of the Holy Face, I do not have a doctorate in theology, I am only modestly published, I am not a nun, nor am I a mystic (if that is understood as one receiving extraordinary favors or delightful experiences). I realize that I appear a very unlikely candidate for this endeavor! My unique “credential” is my blood relation to Sister St. Pierre, the seer whom Christ asked to initiate the devotion. Yet overriding this are my feelings of urgency and passion in re-introducing the messages therein.
My jewels in this life and (hopefully) the next are my loving husband and five children. I have not easily decided upon writing about Reparation to the Holy Face as a second vocation. Yet it has become a labor of dutiful passion and also surprising joy. I am very grateful for the knowledge, devotion, and friendships that I have already gained in the process.
A united faith and reason bring me to this journey. They convince me that the devotion is meant ever more for our era than even when first revealed. Christ (referring to the devotion) said that the most beautiful work under the sun is about to begin and demanded that man take part in this reparation. Christ implies our role in better times to come and implores our role in the salvation of our neighbor, Church and nations!