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Vessel of Clay: The Inspirational Journey of Sister Carla (University of Scranton Press - Peace, Justice, Human Rights, and Freedom in Lati) Paperback – November 15, 2010


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  • Series: University of Scranton Press - Peace, Justice, Human Rights, and Freedom in Lati
  • Paperback: 171 pages
  • Publisher: University of Scranton Press (November 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589662172
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589662179
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,212,524 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“With the insight given by her personal relationship with Carla and her family, the author reveals the complexity of these real human beings that we make into saints without always appreciating the profound inner struggles and personal hardships that framed the decisions they made as missioners, and the courage of their commitments.”

(Margaret Swedish, coauthor of Like Grains of Wheat: A Spirituality of Solidarity)

About the Author

Jacqueline Hansen Maggiore is a retired social worker.

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The book is also beautifully written and an easy read.
Evelyn
She was a beacon of light and healing to all; she walked the walk of Jesus, and is a witness of love and giving her life for her beliefs in peace and justice.
Shirley
Carla's story is an inspiration that is well told by her life long friend.
Cath

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Evelyn on January 20, 2011
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This was one of those books I'll probably reread every so often, not for the history in it, thought that is excellent too, but for the inspiration. It's one of those books that makes you realize what one person can do if they're really committed and willing to keep giving no matter what. It helps to see that Sister Carla was really like most of us with her doubts and fears, yet she kept going. The book is also beautifully written and an easy read.
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By Beatrice J. Bourgeois on January 19, 2011
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Vessel of Clay is the stirring account of Sister Carla, a Maryknoll missioner who worked with the poor in Chile and El Salvador during times of chilling political and social upheaval during the 1970s and '80s. Carla suffered her own spiritual doubts and frailties, as well as challenging physical difficulties, but she steadfastly devoted herself to Jesus Christ and to the "poor old beat up poor people" in those war-torn countries under savage dictators. Carla maintained her zany sense of humor against the most ferocious odds and her story, so beautifully told by Jacqueline Hansen Maggiore, is an inspiration for every reader.

Bea Bourgeois
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By Shirley on January 10, 2011
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Sister Carla died ministering justice to her beloved people of El Salvador during their civil war. She was a beacon of light and healing to all; she walked the walk of Jesus, and is a witness of love and giving her life for her beliefs in peace and justice. The author also gives a great account of the policital situation in both El Salvador and Chile where Sr. Carla also worked. If you want to be inspired and know what working for peace and justice is all about (giving your life), read this book.
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By Cath on February 6, 2011
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I recommend this book to anyone wanting to read a true story of one woman's remarkable journey from an American midwestern town, to Chile, and finally to the poorest countryside in El Salvador. She was surrounded by repressive and brutal governments and at the same time was struggling with her own fears and depression. Throughout all this, her faith and innate sense of humor were her strong supports. Carla's story is an inspiration that is well told by her life long friend.
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More About the Author

Jacqueline Hansen Maggiore was born in Appleton, WI. She and Sister Carla were lifelong friends who met in kindergarten and continued their friendship until Carla's tragic death in El Salvador in August 1980. Maggiore traveled to the Maryknoll Archives, El Salvador and Chile in research for Vessel of Clay. She is a graduate of Marquette University and received a Master's in Social Work degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. In 1999 she retired from a social work career, resides near Milwaukee, WI and is active with Maryknoll Affiliates, Gesu Parish, and global peace and justice efforts. Maggiore is co-author of Fluent in Faith - the Gift of Mary McCormick (Marquette University Press, 2013) and author of Aqui Quiero Estar, the Spanish translation of Vessel of Clay (Catholic University of Chile, 2012 - ediciones.uc.cl).

See author blog for Vessel of Clay at http://vesselofclay-carla.blogspot.com

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