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December 07, 2004

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Tink

THANK YOU so much for a lovely meditation. I'm hanging on to this one. God bless. Have a wonderful Advent and Christmas season.

john

Thanks. I'm Greek Orthodox, but after reading GK Chesterton, and witnessing the ordination of a friend, I've grown fond of Catholicism, which is a horrible way to put it. Your piece here was very relevant to my life. Thanks for having the appetite to post such a thing.
John

Diane

Are all of the prayers in the book modern versions? This is the prayer I know and love-
The Memorare

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession, was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother. To thee I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, dispise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. AMEN.

Jo

A wonderful book, a perfect Christmas gift.

I'm especially grateful for the meditation on Mary. Amy is right. We still don't have a comfortable view of her. We are lost between the sugary sappy 50s sentiment or the radical feminist theology of the 70s.

You close with a description of how she has especially moved men to be open to mercy. I find that as I am tossed by the storms of middle-age (wayward teen and young adult children, aging parents, career troubles) the image of Mary's perfect faith at the foot of the Cross is sometimes the main inspiration for facing another day.

Amy, could there possibly be a book of meditations on Mary on the way? If so, I'll pre-order!

Kathryn

Hey Amy! I didn't know you were blogging! Saw the reference in The Corner; I'm impressed! Michael gave Brian your book on the DaVinci Code. Just finished it and it was excellent.

You have the ability to make some of the most dense things understandable, as in this column. Quite a gift.

Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas.

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