One Hundred Names of Mary : Stories and
Anthony F. Chiffolo.
St. Anthony Messenger Press, 2002.
For each of One Hundred Names of
Mary, Anthony Chiffolo provides an engaging, sometimes poignant
"story," about how the name was part of the lives of believers, then
a traditional prayer associated with the name, and, finally, in the
words of one reviewer, his own "sparkling new prayer." The "names" of
Mary range from the traditional doctrinal ones –Mother of God,
Ever-Virgin, Mediatrix, Advocate, Morning Star – to many that are
little known but have had great meaning for some people – Our Lady of
Gyor (shared by Ireland and Hungary), of Sinj, of Tinde, of Marija
Bistrica, or Neocaesarea and of Trast.
|Every entry is
well-crafted, concise, attractive, written with marvelous
sensitivity. Just one example. After explaining the origin
and meaning of the two images of the Madonna della Strada –
one in the Jesuit church in Rome, and the other, a painting
of a peasant girl by Roberto Feruzzi, in 1897, and citing a
short prayer from Pope John XXIII, the contemporary prayer
reads: "When I feel hungry or thirsty, remind me of those who
are hungrier and thirstier . . . When I think I need a fancy
new jacket or a pair of designer sneakers, remind me of those
who have no coat or shoes . . .When I begin to drown in all
my anxieties, lift me out of my funk and push me into the
streets among those whose needs are life threatening...."
This history of Marian names and
devotion contains "auras of beauty, superlative love and sustaining
hope." (Ingo Swann) The author acknowledges that the book not only
brought him to a "deeper and more honest relationship" to the Blessed
Mother but also helped him "to recognize the magnificence of the
redemption story." Take up this remarkable book; you will never again
think that the "names" of Mary are evidence of excessive