When my elder sister (Gaying) and Nengkoy recently had some pieces of their jewelries commissioned for cleaning and polishing, they were given some giveaways by the jewelry shop. Nengkoy kept the photo of Our Lady of Guadalupe while my sister handed over the giveaway book to her son, my nephew Luis. I however snatched the book from Luis telling him to let me be the one to read it first and will just hand it to him after I’m done. Luis joked that I might develop itchiness and skin rashes while reading it because the book was written by a Catholic nun.
The book laid on my dining table for some considerable weeks already. Still, quiet and unmoved. Two reasons why it took me some time to start reading it. First, it was written by a Catholic nun and I was not ready to be preached about some Catholic dogma. Second, it was written by a Catholic nun, therefore it’s going to be so boring.
But as soon as I decided to scan and read the initial pages of Life On A Mission by Sr. Isabel Villacarlos, I no longer stopped and dropped it until I finished the very end part.
When asked how she survived all the challenges of her mission,
Sr. Isabel answered, “one must have a major in Faith,
a master’s in Hope and a doctorate in Love.”
Life on a Mission chronicles the adventures, quests and journeys of a Catholic nun in north western portions of Africa. Sister Isabel can be considered one extra ordinary nun. She learned to ride a camel, dealt with poisonous snakes, drove a truck, fell onto a bridge while driving a car, assisted in delivering babies and battled a storm are some of the highlighted adventures of Sr. Isabel in the book.
I guess being a travel addict myself made me stick to reading this book. But the beauty about the experience of Sr. Isabel in Africa was that she was able to reveal and uncover the presence, manifestations and attendance of God in her adventures, which for me is such a cool thing!
Life On A Mission may not be a bestseller, but it is one remarkable book that definitely deserves more!
Wala akong masabi sa adbentyurs ni sister!