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Title: Seasons of the Soul 

Author: Concepción Cabrera de Armida (Conchita) 
ISBN: 0-8189-0971-4 
Paperback: x + 50 pp. 
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The classics of Roman Cathoic spirituality have often described progress in the spiritual life as an arduous climb to the summit as in The Ascent of Mount Carmel by St. John of the Cross, or as the passage through various mansions until one reaches the abode of God in the inner chamber as in The Interior Castle by St. Teresa of Avila. Concepción Cabrera de Armida (Conchita) takes a more cyclical approach and sees the spiritual life as an ongoing maturation through the various seasons of the year which continuously repeat themselves over and over again until the soul has fulfilled its purpose here on earth. From the first Springtime of the soul until it has weathered its last Winter, the Holy Spirit is at work gradually transforming the soul in the image and likeness of Jesus, the Father's highly beloved and only-begotten Son. A careful reading of these pages will give a very clear insight into the depth of this saintly author's own growth in holiness. Truly another classic in the area of Roman Catholic spirituality!
 
The Servant of God, Concepción Cabrera de Armida, better known as Conchita, was born in San Luis Potosi on December 8, 1862 and died in Mexico, D.F. on March 3, 1937. Some 500,000 copies of her books were distributed anonymously throughout Europe and America during her lifetime and today continue to inflame hearts in the love of Jesus and the ardent desire to collaborate in the salvation of the world. Wife, mother and lay apostle, the cause for her beatification is well under way today. Along with Seasons of the Soul, Alba House has also published these works of hers: A Mother's Letters (2004), and I Am: Eucharistic Meditations on the Gospel (2001). Other works inspired by her also published by Alba House include Conchita by M.M. Philipon, OP (1978) and Irresistibly Drawn to the Eucharist: Conchita Cabrera de Armida's Most Beautiful Writings on the Eucharist (2002) edited by Fr. Juan Gutierrez Gonzalez, M.Sp.S..  

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I am having a very powerful experience reading your new edition of Conchita's Seasons of the Soul. This is a wonderfully successful translation. This little book deserves all the publicity that you can give it. As a framework for reflecting on the cycles of one's own spiritual journey, her insight on page 34, "clarifications that bind," is certainly apt. I look forward to what lies ahead in that journey, knowing that, with her insights in mind, I will be better prepared to understand what is happening "in season." --Gary T. Johnson


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