In 1995 Mary C. Earle was hospitalized with acute pancreatitis. Like others who suffer from serious or chronic conditions, she found that living with illness requires major adjustments in life. Using St. Benedict’s ancient Rule—his way of ordering the life and days of religious communities—Earle explores how the concepts of stability, obedience, and conversion can help anyone live with illness.
Mary C. Earle is a spiritual director, retreat leader, writer, and Episcopal priest. She is the author of Broken Body, Healing Spirit: Lectio Divina and Living with Illness, and the co-author of Holy Companions: Spiritual Practices from the Celtic Saints.