Into the Heart of Mary: Imagining Her Scriptural Stories

Into the Heart of Mary: Imagining Her Scriptural Stories


Author: Rea Mcdonnell
Publisher: Ave Maria
ISBN: 9781594712074
Format: Paperback
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Drawing on a lifetime of biblical study and work as a retreat director, Rea McDonnell re-introduces us to Mary by teaching us to appreciate anew the spiritual truths found in her scriptural stories. Using Ignatian meditation, McDonnell invites readers to prayerfully ponder Marian passages from scripture and ancient tradition, helping them use their imaginations to meet Mary again for the first time.

This mature and challenging vision of Mary will help cultivate love for her and nudge us toward authentic spiritual growth.

“Sr. Rea’s personal love of Mary and her intimate knowledge of Scripture have created fresh perspectives on the Marian stories and their relationship to us and our world. Her skills as an adult educator and spiritual director shape Ignatian style meditations which invite the reader to personally enter into the stories, to contemplate, and to pray. A valuable resource for personal or communal study and prayer.”

Zeni Fox, Coauthor of Called and Chosen: 
Toward a Spirituality for Lay Leaders


Rea McDonnell, S.S.N.D., holds a doctor of philosophy in biblical studies. She trained as a pastoral counselor at the Institute for Pastoral Psychology and for more than thirty years has used a pastoral approach to scripture in preparing adults for priestly and lay ministry. In addition to working as an adjunct faculty member and leading workshops and retreats, she has authored or coauthored thirteen books. McDonnell resides in Maryland where she ministers as a spiritual director.


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