Review by Dr Pravin Thevathasan
We can identify with her because like us she faced moments of both great joy and sorrow. We encounter Mary in the most crucial moments of Our Lord's life: the Incarnation, the Birth and the Death on the Cross. Even at His birth, there is no room at the Inn or in the hearts of many.Like so many of the great saints of the Church, she encounters darkness as well as light.
The book consists of nine chapters or steps: the Annunciation, Mary's obedience to the will of God, the Magnificat, Simeon's prophecy, the Finding in the Temple, the Wedding at Cana, the Crucifixion and Mary's last days.
It is very helpful indeed to relate these events to the Old Testament and other parts of the New Testament. For example, when Our Lord calls Mary "Woman" at the marriage feast of Cana, the expression is related to both the "Woman" of Genesis and the "Woman" of the Book of Revelation. The author gives us insights into other words such as "hour" and "the third day".
The author reminds us that when it is said that Mary "kept all these things, pondering them in her heart" it means that Mary is both reflecting on something profound and also living the mystery in her own life. It is not simply a matter of pondering.
This is a great book that will draw us closer to mary.