Lifelong Learning and Adult Faith Formation Spiritual Classics


Mother Teresa’s life and work among the poor of India has captivated Catholics all over the world with her simple caring and great love.  We will start the fall book spiritual classics book discussions with her book, A Simple Path, on Tuesday, October 4 at 7:30 pm.  Monthly spiritual classics books discussions are open to all Oak Park parishes.  

Discussions will be held over Zoom.  Registration is requiredTo participate, just send an email to [email protected] with the name of the book in the subject line.  You’ll receive a return email before the discussion with a link for the Zoom meeting. 

A Simple Path is available in electronic and hardback formats, which retail between $15 and $26 at Penguin Random House, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble.  The book is also available at the Oak Park Library.  The book is also available at in audio format and is free with a subscription.  

In A Simple Path, the Nobel Peace Prize winner discusses how her personal credo of "love in action" has shaped her life and shows readers how to build a similarly strong and charitable foundation for their lives. Known around the globe for her indefatigable work on behalf of the poor, the sick, and the dying, Mother Teresa devoted her life to giving hope to the hopeless in more than one hundred and twenty countries.

She inspires us all to find a way to translate our spiritual beliefs into action in the world. What are the guiding principles that have enabled this humble nun to so profoundly affect the lives of millions?  In her own words, Mother Teresa shares the thoughts and experiences that have led her to do her extraordinary charitable work, a candid look at her everyday life at the very simplicity and self-sacrifice that give her the strength to move mountains.

A Simple Path also tells the story of the founding of the Missionaries of Charity, their purpose and practice, and the results of their tireless work. Through faith, surrender, and prayer, the missionaries live to serve others; they have improved the lives of countless souls and given dignity to the dying. Their mission has also produced a ripple effect, spreading human compassion to communities where there is need.

Through these examples, as well as the uplifting words and guiding prayers of Mother Teresa and those who work with her, everyone can learn how to walk the simple path that Mother Teresa has laid out for us, to help create a truly kinder world for the future.


The discussion over Zoom on October 4 at 7:30 pm will be led by Jeff Wood.   Spiritual Classics books discussions are sponsored by the Lifelong Learning and Adult Faith Formation Committee.