We were thrilled to host actress and Operation Smile Ambassador Roma Downey for the launch of her new book Box of Butterflies. The evening will benefited Operation Smile, an international children’s medical charity for whom she has served as a Smile Ambassador for over twenty years.
As a young girl, actress and producer Roma Downey has always seen butterflies as a reminder of God’s presence. Her beloved mother died when she was just ten, and she was faced with the challenge of loss from an early age. But she found comfort and strength in her faith and she was inspired with hope by the symbol of the butterfly: “A butterfly begins its life as a simple caterpillar, creeping and crawling along the ground. And yet that is just its beginning.
Through the process of metamorphosis, through the patience and darkness and the struggle of the cocoon, this little caterpillar emerges on the other side as a stunning butterfly, a creature with wings and the ability to fly.” she writes in BOX OF BUTTERFLIES (Howard Books/Atria; March 6, 2018; $24.99).
In this beautiful full color, deeply personal book with a lovely foreword written by her dear friend Della Reese, her "Touched by an Angel " co-star, Roma shares stories from her life, alongside quotes, poems, scripture, and artwork that have inspired her in dark times. She generously shares them with readers in the hopes that they might be uplifted
ON COURAGE TO DO DIFFICULT THINGS: “I’ve learned that God sometimes calms the storm, but at other times He lets the storm rage and calms the child. So when you feel like you are drowning in the sea of life, just remember that your lifeguard walks on water.”
ON HER FATHER’S EXAMPLE OF KINDNESS: “His example has been an inspiration to me my entire life. It has caused me to commit to treating people with kindness and respect and to be on the lookout for ways to brighten someone’s day. It’s easy to get busy and forget to share simple kindnesses, but I know from experience that little acts of compassion add up to a life of great significance.”
ON THE POWER OF NATURE: “To me, a field can be just as holy as the largest cathedral. It can usher in a moment just as profound as the greatest sermon.”