Jesuit icon 'Woman at the Well' inspires new book

An icon belonging to the Jesuits in Britain has inspired a new book published this week called ‘Well of Living Water: Jesus and the Samaritan Woman’ by Magdalen Lawler, a Sister of Notre Dame who trained at the famous Jesuit spirituality centre, St Beuno’s.

Sister Magdalen has used the icon as the inspiration for retreats and conferences of her own over the years. Now her research and thoughts about this magnificent art work can be read by all in her beautifully illustrated book, published by Messenger and available here

For Maggie, the icon spans the Christian traditions of West and East, inspiring her to study the Gospel passage more closely and to research many accounts of life in first century Palestine.

A regular contribution to Maggie’s Icon-themed retreats is the accompaniment of a song, Touching the Water by British Jesuit priest, Tom McGuinness SJ.

Fr Tom was inspired by the passage “So Jesus, worn out from the journey, sat, just like that, on the well.” (John 4:6). The lyrics for Tom’s song are reproduced in an appendix to the book. An interview with Maggie about her new book (and Fr Tom’s song) can be heard here.

[Photo credit: Messanger Publications]