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FERDINAND – When Sister Madonna Helmer celebrated her golden jubilee as a Sister of St. Benedict in 2006, she felt there was “something special I should do as I met that milestone in my life.” What she ended up doing, even though she never considered herself a writer, was write a book.
The rosary has been an important part of her spiritual life since she was a child, she said. Her mother had a great love for Mary and the rosary, and she would gather the children together to pray the rosary when Helmer’s father, a fireman, responded to a call, as well as at other times.
And so she ended up writing “A Mysterious Journey: Reflections on the Mysteries of the Rosary.” In the nearly 80-page book, she offers her thoughts on the 20 joyful, luminous, sorrowful and glorious mysteries.
She said that writing the book has been “a wonderful spiritual journey,” and she invites readers to write their own reflections and see how the experience might change them.
The book, self-published by the Sisters of St. Benedict of Ferdinand, is available for $9.99 at For Heaven’s Sake, the monastery gift shop, and online at www.forheavensake.org.