Sr Marie-Aimée (1839-1874) was a discalced carmelite in Paris. Lucinda M. Vardey has written on Catholicism and contemporary spirituality with special emphasis on the works and writings of holy women. Her books include the compilation of the international bestseller of Mother Teresa's A Simple Path (Ballantine Books, 1997), an anthology of women's prayers entitled The Flowering of the Soul (SPCK, 2004), Traveling with the Saints in Italy: Contemporary Pilgrimages on Ancient Paths (Paulist Press, 2005), and with her husband, John Dalla Costa, Being Generous: The Art of Right Living (Knopf, 2007). She is familiar with the beauty and benefits of silence. Her website is www.dallaluce.com. Françoise Reuter was educated in Dominican and Jesuit schools in Marseille. In 1973, she immigrated to Canada, where she taught at the Toronto French School as well as being a private tutor. She is married to classics scholar and philosopher Mark Reuter and lives a quiet, secluded life of contemplation and study of the sacred.