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In the Furnace of Doubts

Meditations—when you've lost your answers.

Doubts come to everyone—but you are not alone

In her new book, Catherine Doherty walks with us through some of the doubts that trouble us most in this day and age.

Doubts are part of the journey of faith. When you’re affronted by doubts, when you can’t get a handle on the answers that make you feel secure, you are walking in the company of the saints. Doubts come: Does God exist? Where is God’s mercy? You wonder about yourself, you wonder if life is even worth living. At these times, you can feel confused, like God is punishing you. Actually, at these moments, Jesus is showing great confidence in you and deep love for you! These are the moments in which Jesus calls you to join him more deeply into love—real love that knows longing and searching and commitment and sacrifice.

Nonetheless, it isn’t easy doubting. It isn’t easy being in the furnace. It’s painful. It’s scary. It’s confusing. It’s lonely. But you are not alone. Catherine Doherty knew many of the fears, doubts and anxieties of this life. God often took away her answers when she thought she had him figured out.

Catherine lived through the major cataclysms of our time—here she shares meditations written in her poustinia and in the hustle of her life dedicated to the poor. Doubts assailed her inner life at every turn. Out of these experiences over many years came this book—which she fervently hoped would offer consolation to those who have reached the furnace of doubts in their walks of faith.

Find rest and companionship in this book. Walk through these meditations and find new ways of seeing faith, hope and love. Find a new way of relating to Jesus.


“Psychological doubts can assail even the most convinced believer during his pilgrimage of faith… These simple, personal meditations will help us not only to stand at the door of these mysteries of life, but also to enter into their deepest meaning.” — Messenger Book Notices

“This poetic, moving, insightful work reflects a lifetime of prayer, work, suffering and above all, faith on the part of the author…. This book is designed to heal, help, and comfort religious and laity alike who are struggling in the face of loneliness and grief. From an authentically mystical perspective, the book encourages and inspires people to grow in trust and love for one another and God.” — The Society of St. Paul

“In this book Catherine Doherty shows how the resolution of these aspects of our experience is not possible without faith in God… This is a book which speaks to very real human anguishes and offers faith in God as the answer.” — Father Robert Wild

About the author Catherine Doherty

96 pages — 4.25” x 7” — Trade Paperback — Madonna House Publications, 2002 — ISBN 978-0-921440-80-2 — Originally part of Doubts, Loneliness, Rejection. Also availble in French.

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