Msgr. Stephen Rossetti, the bestselling author of the influential Joy of Priesthood, has assembled fascinating reflections from nine esteemed fellow priests who share how their devotion to the Blessed Mother has supported their life and ministry. Though overlooked in recent times, devotion to the Blessed Mother has long been a foundational part of priestly spirituality. Behold Your Mother seeks to renew this practice for both younger clergy and those with years of priestly life. From stories of childhood devotion to the Blessed Mother to personal encounters with some of the great spiritual figures from recent times, these essays have both a personal and practical character that priests—and the laity as well—will deeply appreciate.
Msgr. Stephen J. Rossetti, a priest of the Diocese of Syracuse, served for many years at Saint Luke Institute in Silver Spring, Maryland, where he became president and CEO. A priest of the Diocese of Syracuse, he previously served in two diocesan parishes. He is a licensed psychologist with a doctorate in psychology from Boston College and a doctor of ministry from the Catholic University of America. He is the author of scores of articles and several books, including Born of the Eucharist, The Joy of Priesthood—recipient of a Catholic Press Association book award—and When the Lion Roars, and he is editor of Behold Your Mother. Rossetti has received a Proclaim Award from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops as well as a Lifetime Service Award from the theological college of the Catholic University of America. In 2010, he received the Touchstone Award from the National Federation of Priests’ Councils for a lifetime of work with priests. He lectures to priests and religious internationally on priestly spirituality and wellness issues and currently serves as clinical associate professor of pastoral studies at the Catholic University of America.
“Many priests I know speak freely of their great devotion to the Mother of God. A few have even written re?ections on her. But none have done so in such a wide-ranging and truly touching manner as those priests, whose thoughts and experiences concerning Mary are gathered in this heartfelt and joyful odyssey of faith put together by Monsignor Rossetti.”
Most Reverend Donald W. Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, D.C. “This book will invigorate those for whom Our Lady is already a part of their spirituality; it could also resurrect a place for Mary in the prayer of those priests who, for whatever reason, have over the years seemingly forgotten her. ”
Rev. Joseph M. Champlin, Diocese of Syracuse, N.Y. “Rooted in the Church’s rich tradition, these essays have both a personal and practical character that priests will deeply appreciate.”
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