The Beauty of Mary

Compiled and edited by Rosemary Vaccari Mysel, Andrew J. Vaccari, and Peter I. Vaccari, Pauline Books & Media, Boston, 2008.

the beauty of mary

This little gem of a book is a compilation of over forty of the “best Marian authors through the ages.” According to Sr. M. Jean Frisk of the International Research Institute at the University of Dayton in Ohio, “In this anthology, authors of Eastern and Western traditions – poets and saints, housewives and theologians, mystics and founders, as well as popes – present with words of wisdom and beauty Mary’s ‘critical mission in our salvation'.” The first section of the book is a collection of writing on the Marian Mission as oriented in scripture. The second section of this book concerns liturgical celebrations of the Roman church and Mary’s mediation in the Church’s mission. These liturgical themes initiate poetic and theological reflections that can be used in personal spiritual reading, prayer, and catechetical teaching.

Part One of the book concerns the “Marian Mission” covering Mary’s Place in God’s Plan, the Annunciation, the Visitation, Mary’s Canticle, the Birth of Jesus, the Presentation of the Lord, the Finding of Jesus in the Temple, the Hidden Life, the Wedding Feast at Cana, “Who is my mother?,” Mary at the Foot of the Cross, at the Cenacle, the Woman of the Apocalypse, and Mary, Mother of Holiness (a prayer).

Part Two covers the liturgical celebrations of: the Solemnity of Mary (January 1), the Presentation of the Lord (February 2), Our Lady of Lourdes (February 11), the Annunciation (March 25), the Visitation (May 31), Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (May 31), Our Lady of Mt. Carmel (July 16), Feast of the Dedication of the Basilica of St. Mary Major (August 5), the Assumption (August 15), the Queenship of Mary (August 22), Birth of Mary (September 8), the Most Holy Name of Mary (September 12), Our Lady of Sorrows (September 15), Our Lady of the Rosary (October 7), Feast of the Presentation of Mary ((November 21), the Immaculate Conception (December 8), Our Lady of Guadalupe (December 12), Mary’s Fiat (December 20), and the Christmas season.

According to the Preface, “This volume traces the story of faith and love that is found in the maternal heart of Mary. Mary of Nazareth, who becomes the mother of God by divine design and her co-operation, continues to accompany the church in her own pilgrimage of faith.”

For Christians of all traditions, this little collection of reflections from early Christian ages until modern times could provide some measure of common regard for the mother of Christ.

-- by Virginia Kimball

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