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A book of apologetics reminds me why that is the faith’s enduring strength

An anchorite's cell at Fore Abbey, County Westmeath, Ireland

How I became a medieval-style anchorite

The author, a hermit, explains how she was transformed in her mid-50s from a professional woman into a ‘prisoner of the Lord’

Pope Benedict XVI acknowledges the faithful as he arrives for his weekly general audience, in Paul VI Hall (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

In his weekly catechesis Pope Benedict held up the medieval mystic as a woman who understood that divine love is at the heart of spiritual life