Sister Helen Prejean: My community ‘awakened’ me

Sister of St. Joseph Helen Prejean, one of the world’s foremost advocates for the abolition of the death penalty, launched her newest book,“River of Fire: My Spiritual Journey,” Aug. 10 at St. Rita in New Orleans. Sister Helen told more than 200 people who attended the launch party that her community life and prayer with the Sisters of St. Joseph and collaboration with people of other faiths had a major influence on her spiritual awakening that more concrete steps needed to be taken to see the death penalty as contrary to the teachings of Christ.

“Basically, I was praying that God would take care of the suffering people of the world,” she said. “I felt bad for them. But I didn’t know what I was supposed to do. What was one little person going to do with all the big problems in the world? I didn’t wake up without a community – the community of faith.” Find her book at the Catholic Book Store or online.

Her book is available at The Catholic Book Store or through https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/…/river-o…/9781400067305/

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