THE GOLDEN DOOR by Katherine Burton

THE GOLDEN DOOR

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A popular journalist and noted biographer tells the authentic life-story, in a lively, interesting and semi-popular style, of Mother Katharine Drexel of the prominent, wealthy Philadelphia family whose members have distinguished themselves socially, financially and philanthropically. Mother Katharine, foundress of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, established for the care of the spiritual and temporal needs of the American Indian and Negro, died in 1954 at the age of ninety-six, after a saintly and active life, spending her inheritance and her energies on charitable causes too numerous to mention, establishing spiritual and temporal welfare institutions of every description. She ""regarded herself as simply expending for God's people what God had given her to give them"", including approximately $12,000,000. Her life is told here in a lively and interesting way, and authentic anecdotes and conversations are reported. The author's ""thesis"" is clearly established, namely, that Mother Katharine's ""giving was raised above the purely humanitarian level by the fact that she saw beyond the body...to the mind...and beyond to the soul"". Mother Katharine emerges as a truly saintly religious and a truly great American champion of the underprivileged.

ISBN: 116369973X
Publisher: Kenedy