In the first book of its kind specifically for Catholics, theologian, spiritual director, and social worker Sr. Mary Petrosky, F.M.M., shows how a spiritual will―a document that outlines your values, intentions, and hopes for the future―can help you focus on what’s most important in your life. As you grow older, it will be something you’ll want to share with those you love.
The Journey Never Ends guides you through the process of preparing a spiritual will as an expression of your life’s intentions. If you are a Catholic or Christian of another background, you will find this a useful tool for creating the kind of life you want to live now in order to positively impact the world around you. In addition, like a traditional will, it will help you create a legacy for your family.
She provides a variety of sample wills to illustrate various approaches you can take and in the final chapter of the book, guides you to write your own spiritual will with simple, clear, inspirational prompts and examples. Following the teachings of St. Francis of Assisi, who lived life with joy and welcomed his death with openness and optimism, Petrosky guides you in how to best appreciate the art of living―and the way of dying.
About the Author
Sr. Mary Petrosky, F.M.M., is a psychiatric social worker and a spiritual director who has served her religious order - the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary - in the United States, Australia, and Papua New Guinea. She earned her bachelor's degree in sociology from Emmanuel College in Boston and made her final vows in 1957. She earned a master's degree in psychiatric social work from St. Louis University in 1957 and a master's degree in systematic theology with an emphasis on spiritual direction from the Jesuit School of Theology in 1979. Petrosky has worked in family and child care in New York City and in Sydney, Australia. She founded a counselling centre in Papua New Guinea and taught at Holy Spirit Seminary and Xavier Institute of Missiology. She has served in leadership roles for her order in Australia and Papua New Guinea and was provincial of the US Province.