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The Gospel of a Poor Woman

The Gospel of a Poor Woman

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Catherine Doherty preached the Gospel with her life. In this book, written from her heart as well as her own experiences of many kinds of poverty, she preaches this Gospel with words. She takes her reader with her through the Gospel of St. Matthew, revealing its teachings as you may never have heard before!

The Gospel and daily life

“I often ask myself: why do I want to write The Gospel of a Poor Woman? What does it mean to me to be poor, to be a woman, and to wish to write my musings, my meditations, upon the Gospels? Frankly, it’s a mystery to me. I seem compelled to do so by some inner voice which urges writers on.
“Above all I want to put on paper a little bit of that faith God gave me. I have a fancy that throughout the many years I have lived, God has told me a lot of things. It seems to me that I should write them down now, knowing that I am poor (which is one of the things that he told me—you look at him, and you look at yourself, and you know that you are poor). So I decided to write The Gospel of a Poor Woman. Now isn’t that logical in an illogical way? It is a Gospel of one whose teacher has been God. I am a poor woman. It’s time for me to share the Gospel according to my poverty.”

This is one of the last books Catherine wrote, and it was very dear to her heart. Pondering her beloved Gospel of St. Matthew, she remembers stories from her own long life with God, and connects the Gospel with daily life. This is a beautifully simple book, written from a beautifully simple heart.

Catherine Doherty

In 1925 Pope Pius XI issued the first call to Catholic Action, calling on the laity to participate in the apostolate. Some five years later in 1930, in Toronto, Ontario, Catherine de Hueck was one of the pioneers to respond to that call. Her personal desire was for a lone apostolate, but circumstances prevailed that turned her endeavors into a group of lay people who worked for the Church in the movement known as Friendship House.

She became an icon for an intelligent and mature Catholic laity at a time when need for their active participation in the life of the Church had not yet been recognized. The movement evolved and grew, and in 1938 crossed the border to the United States and entered the field of the interracial apostolate in Harlem and elsewhere. Catherine became a forerunner of the Civil Rights movement through her extensive efforts and lectures for justice to Blacks. In 1947, subsequent to her marriage with Eddie Doherty, a well-known journalist, Catherine returned to Canada and established Madonna House Apostolate in Combermere, Ontario.

During all these years her voice and her pen spoke out. In lectures and talks up and down the North American continent, and in a ceaselessly flowing river of articles, letters and books, she penetrated the lives of Christians with the unwavering message of the necessity of living the gospel. A generation of priests, sisters and lay people in the 40s and 50s was nourished and sustained by her ideas in books and articles.

Her Russian origin and training, the trauma of the Russian revolution, the sudden change from riches to destitution, the living experience of being a menial worker—all brought home to Catherine, in a deep and profound fashion, the value and the truth of the gospel message. She viewed the gospel—Christ and his words—as Good News, and insisted and reaffirmed that the core of the Good News is God’s love for us. Catherine has been called a spiritual mother for the 20th century.

About the author Catherine Doherty

148 pages.

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