The Nice Thing About Strangers

Creative Non-Fiction Short Stories. :) Travel, Oldsters, Love, and Compassion.

What the Heart Wants

“I’m weak when I fall in love,” she says. “I walk on air. I lose my appetite. I can’t think straight. I’m not one to be sensible. My heart has always been my guide. I think you could say my heart drove me to do the best things in my life, and also to make my most serious mistakes.”

–Mother Antonia. From the book, “Prison Angel: Mother Antonia’s Life of Service in a Mexican Jail,” by Mary Jordan and Kevin Sullivan.

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I just finished this book and it delighted me, crushed me, made me want to wander, made me want to stop wandering, gave me hope against hope, and caused me to buy a few copies for friends.  Anyone else read it?

5 comments on “What the Heart Wants

  1. billgncs
    December 9, 2013

    sounds inspirational… how few really dare to follow our hearts.

    • thenicethingaboutstrangers
      December 9, 2013

      After raising 7 kids, she went to live by choice in a prison in Mexico. She helped the prisoners, the poor in the area, anyone who needed help, compassion, or joy. Amazing!

      This was her reminiscing about her early marriage(s), but I have felt this myself. I must say, she was a wonderwoman! 🙂

      • billgncs
        December 9, 2013

        when someone does good for no accolades, quietly going about doing their good works – it is special indeed.

  2. Daniela
    December 9, 2013

    I have not read it yet, but will now, thank you -:)! Selfless compassion is what humbles me most in this world however rare it appears.

  3. Maccabros
    December 9, 2013

    Love is so much more than only a four letter word like Dylan´s old song…

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