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Author / Publisher: McBride, O. Praem., Alfred

In faith we love to think of Mary as our Blessed Mother. 

Throughout the last two millennia, we have seen Mary depicted again and again holding the infant Jesus in her arms.  The most popular image of Mary in paintings, icons, stained glass, and statuary is her role as the Madonna, the mother of the Word made flesh.  The imagination and genius of artists supply us with images of the maternal wonder, innocence, and affection that our faith discerns in this holy Mother of God. 

But the story of Mary's relationship with Jesus goes beyond her nurturing Him as a child.  She also accompanies Him throughout His life from childhood to the teen years, from young adult to His maturity, from His thirtieth year to His passion and death, and from his Resurrection to His Ascension. 

Through all these stages, Mary continues to hold her Son in her love and in her outstanding prayer and contemplation.  As a young wife and new mother, she holds him as a baby in Bethlehem.  As the Mother of Sorrows, she holds Him again when He is taken down from the cross.  And then in the Upper Room at Pentecost, she extends her love by holding the mystical Body of Christ -- the infant Church, made real by the descent of the Holy Spirit.

Holding Jesus approaches Mary's relationship with her Son in three parts:

  • Part one provides a walk with Mary as mother of the child Jesus, with reflections for each day of Advent leading up to and concluding with Christmas.  The Advent readings are the most fertile sources in Scripture about Mary and Jesus.
  • Part two offers meditations on Mary's relationship to Christ in his public ministry.
  • Part three considers Mary's participation in Christ's Passion, Death, Resurrection, and sending of the Holy Spirit.

Paperback. 144 pages.
ISBN 13: 9781616364809
ISBN 10: 1616364807

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