Need more of Our Lady in your life? Then this personal retreat is for you

Alejandro Bermudez   By Alejandro Bermudez for CNA

Book cover of “Behold the Handmaid of the Lord,” by Marian theologian Father Edward Looney, published by Ave Maria Press. / Ave Maria Press

Denver Newsroom, Oct 4, 2021 / 01:00 am (CNA).

Very few dispute (I may be one of them, since I am a St. Bernard guy) that St. Louis Grignon de Montfort’s “True Devotion to Mary” is the greatest Marian book ever written. The spiritual fruits, the conversion, the spiritualities and the millions of consecrations to Mary attest to its importance.

But with his new book “Behold the Handmaid of the Lord,” from Ave Maria Press, Marian theologian Father Edward Looney has provided an even more practical way to make progress with this classic by masterfully summarizing the central teachings of St. Louis in a 10-day personal retreat that will bless even those who have completed the full devotion.

The book is indeed, a very practical work book for a personal 10-day retreat to better encounter the presence of Our Beloved Mother in our daily lives.

During the course of those 10 days, you’ll explore 10 different titles for Mary popularized by St. Louis. Each presents a distinct aspect of her motherhood and protection while illuminating the spiritual path to Jesus through Mary.

You’ll get to know Mary and become devoted to her as:

  • The Queen of All Saints
  • Our Lady of the Holy Trinity
  • The New Eve
  • The Mother of the Interior Life
  • The Mother of Disciples
  • The Star of the Sea
  • The Queen of All Hearts
  • The Mediatrix of Grace
  • The Mold of God
  • Our Mother and Our Queen

Each day you will reflect on Mary’s role in your life and the practical implications of that connection before wrapping up with a brief closing prayer tailored to the day’s title. You’ll come away prepared to begin or renew your consecration to Mary and with a refreshed love for the Mother of Jesus.

Bonus: The book includes an appendix for step-by-step consecration to Mary.

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