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Marie Laure
Return from Exile/Revelations from an Anchoress in St. Augustine
Marie Laure, author
A true story of two women speaking from self-imposed exile. Separated by seven centuries and an ocean, their stories intersect when Marie Laure makes a solo pilgrimage. She wants to understand why Julian of Norwich lived from age fifty in a cell, an anchorage, attached to a church during the Black Death plague. Her own so-called anchorage is a river porch attached to a Florida townhouse. How had she ended up in quasi-exile? Trying to make sense of it, she writes, just as Julian wrote to understand what had happened in a near-death experience. Alone in Julian’s anchorage, Marie confronts words etched in stone: “Thou art enough for me.” The words nag at her. Truth is, she could not say those words. Why had she come? Her handwritten words, “For my heart to heal,” speak across time when read aloud in the anchorage by a priest. Upon returning home, a global pandemic shutters the world, throwing everyone into exile, creating distance and longing for reunion. This second book in Marie Laure’s Serendipity Series continues to follow explorers of serendipitous moments on the continuum of shared spiritual stories
Ann Browning Masters

Readers and seekers who have recently lived through an externally-demanded isolation will find a deeper and more soul-satisfying pause in Marie Laure's story of self-imposed exile. Laure sparks a current connection from today's world to the life of mystic and anchoress Julian of Norwich. She shares commonalities in turning point ages with Julian, reflecting on the actions and interior changes that came with these times. Readers will find in Revelations an expansion of understanding of Julian's "showings," and an inspiring story of one woman's interior exile during a life's pilgrimage. Both will resonate with all who welcome an awareness of living in Spirit.

Owene W. Courtney, Director of Formation and Spirituality, St. John’s Cathedra

Return from Exile Revelations from an Anchoress in St. Augustine tells the story of two women several centuries apart whose journeys are remarkably similar. That Julian of Norwich in the 14th century during the Bubonic plague could have walked a complementary journey to the one Marie Laure walked in the 21st century during the COVID pandemic seems astounding. But even more so is that Marie Laure’s journey down Julian’s path began even before the COVID pandemic of the 21 st century. As though the journey were pre-planned, Marie Laure writes with eloquence and deep and abiding spirit of her longing to follow Julian. With great intention and drive, she studied Julian’s life and traveled to her anchorage, only to return to her home in St. Augustine, Florida, begin telling the story and have the exile of a pandemic imposed. This story is one worth savoring, not only for its beautiful language, but for the significance of finding healing in a journey, begun not in search of healing, but driven by the call to search. Exile yourself for a bit, and walk with Marie Laure and Julian on the road to healing.”