Lenten Reading Guide: Mary Stella Simpson

Lysaught’s brilliant and moving chapter on Sr. Mary Stella provides a fitting benediction and charge for this collection and for the Lenten season.

“When Sr. Mary Stella arrived, 59 percent of all the babies born in Bolivar County, Mississippi, were dying every year….But as the story of Shiphrah and Puah attests, God works grace through those who defy the pharaohs of the world. The Israelites multiplied and grew very numerous. Sr. Mary Stella, in her six years in Mound Bayou, never lost a baby.”

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