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Imitating Mary: Ten Marian Virtues for the Modern Woman

Imitating Mary: Ten Marian Virtues for the Modern Woman

Friends, today I’m thrilled to share the newly released treasure Imitating Mary: Ten Marian Virtues for the Modern Catholic Mom by my friend and CatholicMom.com contributor Marge Fenelon. Along with being a perfect lead up to the month of May when we celebrate our Blessed Mother and moms everywhere, Imitating Mary is the next book in our CatholicMom.com book imprint series with Ave Maria Press.

Marge’s Imitating Mary is close to my heart since I watched this treasure develop from its inception and had the pleasure of writing the book’s foreword. Among those who have endorsed Marge’s book, you’ll find Cardinal Timothy Dolan, who says of it:

Marian virtues will come to life for you, and before you know it, you will be letting Mary spiritually mother you.

Here is an overview of Imitating Mary:

In her new book Imitating Mary, Catholic journalist Marge Fenelon pres- ents Mary’s life as the mother of Jesus as a model for modern mothers. Fenelon asks readers to join her in examining Mary’s life and in getting to know her human side. She describes ten unique virtues Mary possessed that make her an ideal and timeless model for mothers.

Fenelon delves into ten scenes of Mary’s life, helping readers connect their experiences to Mary’s life. For example, Mary was so devoted to her cousin Elizabeth that she followed the angel Gabriel’s suggestion and visited her, remaining obedient even though the trip could be dangerous. Mary showed her strength when forced to flee to Egypt on a moment’s notice. And she remained faithful and followed God’s will even while witnessing her son’s death. Trust in God’s will, Fenelon tells readers, and ask Mary for help along the way: “Most of us don’t realize that, with God’s grace and Mary’s example, we can overcome any obstacles to becoming the loving, wonderful mothers we’re meant to be.”

Mary serves as the perfect example for Catholic mothers, Fenelon continues: “In Mary, we have a mother worthy of emulation, but who is fully human with the same experiences and emotions we have. In her life, we find example, and in her virtue, we find inspiration. Mary can show us how to be the mothers we want to be—the mothers we can be.”

Fenelon clarifies that God doesn’t expect women to be perfect mothers; he knows that is im- possible. But by channeling Mary’s patience, strength, and endurance, among other traits, Catholic women can adopt Mary as an example in their own experience of motherhood. In her, they can discover the ultimate companion.

Marge Fenelon

Marge Fenelon

If you have endeavored to grow closer to our Blessed Mother Mary in your parenting journey,  Imitating Mary is the type of resource you’ll want to not only savor for yourself, but also share with friends and loved ones. The reflection and application questions at the end of every chapter make Imitating Mary the perfect book for you to share with your Bible study or women’s fellowship group.

Please join me in congratulating our friend Marge Fenelon on this fantastic resource. We invite you to enter to win a copy of Imitating Mary which is being given away by our publisher, Ave Maria Press. The contest invites you to nominate an extraordinary mother and reward her with a copy of this terrific resource. Click here to enter by May 1, 2013.

I do hope that you’ll take time today to add Imitating Mary: Ten Marian Virtues for the Modern Catholic Mom to your personal collection of CatholicMom.com books. I am personally grateful to Marge for helping me to journey ever closer to Mary and to ponder her support for my own evolving parenting journey. I know you’ll feel the same when you have the chance to enjoy this book!

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Copyright 2013 Lisa M. Hendey

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Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of CatholicMom.com and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. She blogs at multiple online venues including Patheos. Her articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and the Catholic Press Association tour of Israel as a guest of the Israeli Ministry of Tourism. Hendey lives with her family in the Diocese of Fresno, California.

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