Saturday, March 29, 2014

I Got My First Review For "Visiting Mary" - Thank you Carol!

5.0 out of 5 stars Local replicas of European shrines, March 26, 2014
This review is from: Visiting Mary: Her U.S. Shrines and Their Graces (Paperback)
From the title of this book we expect to find information on numerous shrines honoring the Blessed Mother across the United States. Indeed, the author gives us that, but much, much more. Yes, there are 28 titles of Mary in the table of contents, and yes, the appendix shows sites in 39 states and the District of Columbia. The original apparitions usually occurred long ago and far away--countries such as Italy, Spain, Germany, and Poland. The stories of these begin each chapter.

When we get into the book, we find that most of the visited sites not only honor a specific title of the Blessed Virgin but also pay tribute to other saints, all of which the author describes in some detail. And at locations such as the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., additional titles of Mary are memorialized. As Cragon walks us through the Shrine, she points our mosaics of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, the Assumption, and Our Lady of Guadalupe. She describes several more images of Mary, and tells us that saints related to different countries are often represented in chapels, either by a statue or a quote.

Cragon's story of her personal visits to all the sites enriches the writing. She closes each chapter with an original prayer and short explanation of the grace she and her family found in each visit. At the National Shrine in Washington she prays in thanksgiving and asks for the trust, care, and peace that can be found only in Jesus. The grace she took away is the beauty of the cathedral and the call to build our lives in the Church and our faith in one another.

The grace Cragon brings readers is an awareness that replicas of the shrines of Europe exist in our own country, many in locations where we live or visit

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