I love Sister Miriam James Heidland of the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity (S.O.L.T.). She is a dynamic speaker, evangelist, author—and, most importantly, a woman of deep faith who is able to communicate the Catholic faith in a beautiful, authentic way that does not compromise the Truth, the truth of Jesus Christ and His Church, but presents its power and beauty in a full and genuine Way.
Below are two videos (Part 1 and Part 2) of Sr. Miriam James sharing her conversion story: going from a college athlete and a worldly party-girl, suffering with addiction and existential emptiness, to a religious sister on fire with the Holy Spirit.
Sr. Miriam James is very gifted at passionately invoking the deepest questions, about the meaning of our lives, about the deepest desires of our souls: conveying the Augustinian cry for meaning that leads to the Source of all meaning: God. By finding Him, we find ourselves: “who we really are and what are destinies are, and where we come from.”
When you consider some of the most gifted evangelists of our culture, persons who Pope Benedict XVI once called “creative minorities”—to my mind, I think of Fr. Robert Barron, Christopher West, Fr. Don Calloway—you realize that these are individuals who are able to convey beauty effectively, understanding that God constitutes the Source of all Beauty. Dostoevsky once famously proclaimed that it is beauty that will save the world. I count Sr. Miriam James among these Catholics, who are able to convey the beauty of the faith in a way that is deeper, and pierces one’s heart in a manner that allows one to discern an encounter with something higher: the Holy Spirit.
For more check out Sr. Miriam James’ twitter page, and her book Loved as I Am: An Invitation to Conversion, Healing, and Freedom through Jesus.