“Mary….Are you my mother?” Dr. Mark Miravalle quotes a well-loved children’s book, relating it to Jesus’ mother, Mary, offering the opportunity to each reader to ponder whether or not this is a true statement, and how it applies to each person. If you have any hesitation about this, I bet you just might say a resounding “YES” after pondering Dr. Miravalle’s well-researched, documented, newest book “Meet Your Mother: A Brief Introduction to Mary” (Revised Edition).
As a professor of Theology and Mariology at Franciscan University for over 28 years, and author of numerous books on Our Lady, Dr. Miravalle is abundantly gifted in illuminating the ancient yet ever fresh truths about Mary in a very simple manner that is accessible to all who wish to learn more about our mother.
As a Catholic convert, I am particularly intrigued by the numerous references from Protestant reformers such as Martin Luther and John Calvin, who echoed rather surprising unity in their understanding of Catholic doctrines, dogmas, and teachings of Mary. What a gift this work would have been in my own journey to the Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church where there were rather tightly held, numerous questions, concerns, and outright misconceptions and untruths about Our Lady!
In “Meet Your Mother”, Dr. Miravalle offers an outstanding piece of work – very much “Marian Theology Made Easy” – that will resonate in the hearts of :
o Those well-versed in the tenets of the faith who would like a deeper understanding of the doctrines/dogmas/teachings related to Mary communicated in an easy-to-understand manner
o Those who have been away from the Church for a time and are experiencing a renewed interest in Our Lady
o Those who have questions about the significance or relevance of Mary in modern times
o Those who haven’t been catechized well over the past decades, and need a starting place to quench the desire to know more about Our Lady
o Those who simply seek to better understand the authentic Catholic viewpoint on Our Lady
o Those who have been imbued with rather anti-Catholic views about Mary, who wish to know the truth about what Catholics believe about her from a Catholic whose life work is focused on the study of Mary
o Those who are studying theology, and would like a beginning reference point from which to study Catholic viewpoints
All People of Good Will:
o Those who have a limited (or no) basis for understanding Catholic Truth’s about Mary, and need a good place to start
Dr. Miravalle has offered an astoundingly beautiful articulation of authentic Catholic teaching on Mary in a straightforward and concise manner, perfect for the novice through even the most advanced students of Our Lady who need a handy reference. If you’ve been looking for a place to start in your journey to understanding Our Lady and her relevance to the Church, and to the minutia of daily life – even if you are just curious! – “Meet Your Mother” is an excellent book to add to your library. I am confident your interest will be piqued, and you may very well indeed fall madly in love with “Your Mother”, Mary, who is patiently, lovingly, gently waiting to lead you to her Son.
Meet Your Mother: A Brief Introduction to Mary (Revised Edition)
Written by: Dr. Mark Miravalle
Published by Marian Press (2014); Stockbridge, MA 01263 137 Pages