Norma McMaster grew up in Co Cavan in the 1940s and 50s as a Presbyterian. This is a simple, charming and very informative memoir of those times and of the experiences of a young girl growing up in a very close-knit family, in clear harmony with their neighbours and yet holding on to their own distinctive culture and way of seeing things. She tells of her experiences of the Orange marches and dances around the Glorious Twalf, of the complete lack of any tensions about this with her neighbours, as far as she could see, and of the clearly understood necessity for Protestant girls to go to dances and socials which were patronised by Protestant boys - the consequences of the Catholic NeTemere decree were all too deeply felt.
About the Author
Norma McMaster is now a priest of the Church of Ireland living in Skerries, Co Dublin.
'Even though I often give in to the many fears and warnings of my world, I still believe deeply that our few years on this earth are part of a much longer event that stretches out far beyond the boundaries of our birth and death. I think of it as a mission into time, a mission that is very exhilarating and even exciting, mostly because the One who sent me on the mission is waiting for me to come home and tell the story of what I have learned.' - Henri Nouwen at the time of his death in 1996
Henri Nouwen was one of the most popular spiritual writers in the world. Through more than fifty books he touched countless people with his compelling interpretation of Christian faith and the gospel. In part his impact came from his willingness to draw deeply on his own experience, inviting readers to share his joys, his anguish, and his spiritual journey. That journey led him from his home in Holland to America; from a series of prestigious academic posts to a Trappist monastery, to the poor of Latin America, and finally to Canada, where he found his final home in a L'Arche community devoted to the care of handicapped adults.