In "A Light Shines Forth," the book Mary Ellen Shea Clifford is currently writing, Isabella was having a hard time concentrating on what Sr. Carmelita was saying. The tenth grader was attending a meeting with four other students.
Isabella's stomach was rolling. Her head was pounding. Her eyes kept darting towards the door. All she could think about was getting back to study hour. Sr. Carmelita was suggesting the five students meet every school day to work on study habits. Isabella is positive that she doesn't want anything to do with this. But then Sister says something that changes everything. She tells the students she chose them because they are class leaders, smart, hard workers and all five of them have said they want to go to college. Sr. Carmelita ends with a quote from Mahatma Gandhi, a spiritual leader of India from many years ago. "You may never know what results come of your action, but if you do nothing there will be no result."
Isabella thought about how she had lost weight over the summer. How if she had done nothing, she would be right where she was last school year. Overweight and unhappy. It seemed that Sr. Carmelita was offering her a solution to her school problems.