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“And grace is how the water parts for a fish/ letting it break surface,” writes the poet Mark Nepo. In his new book, Flashes of Grace: 33 Encounters with God (Eerdmans), Patrick Henry captures ordinary moment in his life when “the waters parted, and he broke the surface.” Henry, who was a professor of religion at Swarthmore College for 17 years (1967-1984) and executive director of the Collegeville Institute for 20 years (1984-2004), is a colleague and good friend of Sister Joan. As she writes in the Foreword, “I have known Patrick Henry for over forty years…I have never talked to anyone anywhere about the role and place and effect of God in a liberal, scientific, changing world of robots and spacecraft and present theological mixtures called ecumenism and the spiritual impact of the fall of boundaries around the world so much as I have with Patrick. At the same time, I have never felt the presence of God more than in those conversations with Patrick while we questioned everything we’d ever been taught.” 

To read an interview with Henry about his book, click here. To purchase the book, click here.