Traces of Hope
Traces of Hope addresses three major traumas in the author’s life: a natural disaster (Hurricane Katrina), childhood abuse, and the suicide of her oldest son. Mona reflects on the stages of grief and loss experienced in each situation and confronts the challenges of finding meaning and maintaining hope in the face of these losses. She also shares with the reader the struggles involved in leaving behind her Catholic roots and moving into a more progressive faith community. Although her life has had its share of sadness, Mona acknowledges that she has many reasons for gratitude and joy. And so her focus in this book is on the process of emotional and spiritual healing, the renewal of her hope, and the rediscovery of the presence of the Divine as a partner in her journey.
Mona Villarrubia grew up in England as the middle child of five children. Her parents were Irish Catholics who raised their family in an environment of music and mayhem with a generous dose of religion. After graduating from London University with a Divinity Degree, and obtaining a graduate teaching certificate from Oxford University, Mona married and moved to the United States where she and her husband raised two sons and taught in Catholic high schools. In 1990 Mona received a Masters in Religious Education from Loyola University, New Orleans, and continued to teach theology until 2006. Mona is currently working as a Resident Chaplain in a hospital setting.