Today, November 4, 2014, Ignatius Press released Mary of Nazareth: The Life of Our Lady in Pictures - a pictorial memorial of its epic film, Mary of Nazareth.
This book serves as a powerful visual and contemplative tool through which one can readily relive the significant events in the lives of Our Lord and His Blessed Mother – the poignant and majestic moments portrayed in the movie - one image at a time.
Mary of Nazareth: The Life of Our Lady in Pictures contains more than sixty still photographs from the movie, along with thought-provoking reflections prepared by Father Donald Calloway, MIC, as well as inspiring quotations from Scripture, from present and past Popes (Francis, Benedict XVI, and St. John Paul II), well known Saints and Blesseds (such as St. Albert the Great, St. Maximilian Kolbe, St. Therese of Lisieux, Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich, and Venerable Fulton J. Sheen) and from spiritual models who may not be as familiar to us (for example, St. Gemma Galgani, Blessed Gabriele Maria Allegra, Blessed Michael Sopocko, Blessed William Joseph Chamonade, and Servant of God Frank Duff).
While Mary of Nazareth is a movie you will want to watch numerous times, finding three plus hours to do so on any regular basis will present a challenge. This is where this book becomes a blessing – pause at any one of its magnificent photographs and you will have unending mysteries to contemplate. Ponder the diverse and inspiring reflections and quotations it contains and you will nourish your soul.
Let me share one of my favorite quotations from one of my most cherished spiritual mentors:
“As one cannot go to a statute of a mother holding a child and cut away the mother without destroying the child, so neither can one have Jesus without his Mother.
Could you claim as a friend one who, every time he came into your home, refused to speak to your mother or treated her with cold indifference?
Jesus cannot feel pleased with those who never give recognition to or show respect for his Mother. Coldness to his mother is certainly not the best way to keep warm a friendship with him.
The unkindest cut of all would be to say that she who is the mother of our Lord is unworthy of being our mother.”
(Venerable Fulton J. Sheen)
Do yourself, your family and friends a favor – let them know about this book and get a copy for yourself and them. You might find my review of the movie itself helpful.
It is a spiritual treasure trove that you and they will be able to enjoy over and over. Click here to purchase your copy today.