In the Face of Darkness

The Heroic Life and Holy Death of Mother Luisita

$18.95

About this item

In 1927, during the murderous anti-Catholic reign of Mexican president Plutarco Elias Calles, Mother Luisita and two members of her Carmelite community cast off their religious habits, donned secular clothes, trembling all the while, started out on a perilous flight from the brutal, atheistic government intent on killing them.

Neither their forced exile nor those death squads broke these brave nuns, suddenly thrust into the barren American Southwest. For in addition to the meager possessions they carried with them, they bore deep within their hearts a confident love of Jesus as well as a devotion to that principle by which Mother Luisita had directed their steps: "Adelante! Onward! God will Provide!”

Strangers in a strange land they were now…but not for long!

Mother Luisita’s beautiful, prayerful presence soon won these nuns friends and patrons in America, where she and her companions continued their mission. In the decades since then, Mother Luisita’s communities have brought comfort and hope to countless sick and suffering, lost and downtrodden souls who have discovered the liberating truth in Mother Luisita’s words: “For greater things you were born!”

In these pages, you’ll read the moving story of Mother Luisita’s heroic adventures and learn her secrets of holiness. It’s a story that will renew your confidence in the loving protection of God, strengthen your spirit, and – as Mother Luisita’s secrets of holiness did for her and her spirit, and – shield you from temptation and deliver you from evil.

Media Coverage

Share This
Archbishop Jose Gomez photo

"In this fine book, Sister Timothy Marie’s storytelling brings out the complexity of Mother Luisita’s human character and the times she lived in. I have come to see Mother Luisita as a saint sent to the Church in the Americas especially for these times."

Archbishop Jose Gomez
Archdiocese of Los Angeles
Very Rev. Adam Gregory  Gonzales, O.C.D. photo

"In the Face of Darkness conveys the struggle of the Mexican people during the time of the Cristero Uprising and its aftermath. Written in the style of a novel, the author draws the reader in with this moving portrayal of trust in God during this fierce religious persecution."

Very Rev. Adam Gregory Gonzales, O.C.D.
Provincial Superior, Discalced Carmelite Friars
  • Pages: 312
  • Format(s): Paperback, eBook
  • ISBN: 978-1-622826-582
  • Product Code: 6582
  • Availability: In Stock
RatingRatingRatingRatingRating
Saintly refugee
This is a beautiful story about a courageous women that I had never heard of. She abandoned herself to God’s will, as we all should try to do if we are to be as we are called: to be saints. This also really related to today’s refugee struggle, for me. I couldn’t help but think of Mother Luisita trying to get into America from Mexico today. It reminds us to have a heart for those that need refuge. Let us be ever mindful that Jesus was a refugee.
Was this review helpful to you?
Helpful
+1
Not Helpful
-0
RatingRatingRatingRatingRating
Spiritually and historically compelling
This true and compelling story provides us with an insight into the sufferings of the church in Mexico during those tragic years of which many modern Americans are unaware. The book aptly titled "In The Face of Darkness", describes the faith and total abandonment to God's will of Mother Luisita as she led her Carmelite companions into forced exile in the United States. The reader will not want to put this compelling book down.
Was this review helpful to you?
Helpful
+1
Not Helpful
-0
RatingRatingRatingRatingRating
An inspiring story!
I loved this book! It is a moving and inspiring story of a very special Carmelite Sister who risked so much to escape persecution in Mexico and how her faith sustained her. This story is beautifully written and hard to put down. This story of Mother Luisita takes you away from the seeming craziness of our modern world and offers a fresh, true, and simple spiritual perspective into our own lives. I highly recommend this book!
Was this review helpful to you?
Helpful
+1
Not Helpful
-0
RatingRatingRatingRatingRating
A must read!
We read this book for book club. I didn’t know sister’s story or her path to sainthood. The book follows their journey to the US and keeps your interest and is very inspiring.
Was this review helpful to you?
Helpful
+1
Not Helpful
-0
RatingRatingRatingRatingRating
From the Mexican Cristero Revolution, a saint is born!
This is a story rich in detail, historical facts, and authenticity. Sr. Timothy Marie does an amazing job interweaving the history of the Cristiada War with the words of Mother Luisita's personal letters and other documented oral history. Mother Luisita was a saint among those she served, and her story - a testament to her faith in God - is definitely worth reading. Her legacy lives on through the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles.
Was this review helpful to you?
Helpful
+1
Not Helpful
-0

Recommended for You …


The Truth about Saint Joseph book cover
$14.95
Saint Pope Paul VI book cover
$18.95
The Truth about Therese book cover
$18.95
Chiara Corbella Petrillo book cover
$18.95
Edith Stein book cover
$15.95
The Love That Made Mother Teresa book cover
$14.95 $10.00
Nothing Short of a Miracle book cover
$19.95 $10.00
Benedict Up Close book cover
$15.95
Email address required.

A valid email address is required to complete logging in with Twitter. We'll only ask for this the first time you use Twitter login.