|April 3, 2013
photoxpress.com / Alina Gadomska
To Jesus, through Mary
As we look ahead to the month of May, we prepare to honor Mary, Jesus’ first and best disciple. Whether your parish tradition is May Crowning or a lesson about Mary in religion classes, use this time to help your parishioners appreciate Mary’s role in bearing Christ to the world—the call each of us shares as a disciple of Jesus.
Day by Day with Mary
by Joan McKamey
Start your daily journey with Mary using Through the Year with Mary: 365 Reflections by Karen Edmisten. This delightful book features one short quotation per day—from popes, saints,
spiritual writers, Scripture, literature, and the Blessed Mother’s own words—accompanied by a brief
prayer, question, or reflection.
This book will draw readers closer to Mary and also to Jesus—and closer to
Jesus is where Mary wants us to be. A fresh turn of phrase, an
unexpected train of thought, a piercing insight from writers across the
centuries invites us into the heart of this woman chosen by
God to be Jesus’ Mother and our Mother.
A great gift for catechists, school teachers, neophytes, new mothers, shut-ins, and anyone looking for a simple yet rich help for daily prayer! Be sure to take advantage of the parish bulk discount!
The Reed of God
by Joan McKamey
Looking for a good book about Mary to listen to—as you commute to and from work, on the plane or train, or in the quiet of your home or office? The Reed of God by
Caryll Houselander is a spiritual classic worth visiting and revisiting. Sherry Kennedy Brownrigg’s narration
adds richness to an already special book.
I’ve selected a sample from the introduction for you to listen to here (Windows Media).
From the book cover:
“Through beautiful prose and inspiring meditations, Caryll Houselander depicts the intimately human side of Mary, Mother of God, as an empty reed waiting for God’s music to be played through her. Lovingly bringing Our Lady down off her time-honored, ancient pedestal, Houselander shares her insightful and beautiful vision of Mary on earth, Mary among us, Mary as a confused but trusting teenager whose holiness flowered with her eternal ‘Yes.’ With profound theological teachings and appealing imagery, The Reed of God is a spiritual classic written in the mystical tradition of Julian of Norwich.” (print book available from Christian Classics, Ave Maria Press)
A great addition to your parish lending library, this audiobook can also be shared with individuals and small groups who wish to reflect on the life and discipleship of Mary. She will inspire all listeners to join her as instruments of God’s music.
Resources for a Busy Spring
by Angela Glassmeyer
Spring is a time of many celebrations—First Communion, Confirmation, Easter, and Mary, to name a few. Add to that the election of our new pope, and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed with all the directions your faith formation efforts may take. To make things easier, here are a few new and recently updated resources from Catholic Update to help you offer some relevant faith formation to your parishioners during this busy spring.
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