Monday 8 April 2019

My Queen, My Mother A Living Novena - Marge Steinhage Fenelon - A Marian Pilgrimage Across America

My Queen, My Mother: A Living Novena
A Marian Pilgrimage Across America
Marge Steinhage Fenelon
Ave Maria Press
ISBN 9781594718151
eISBN 9781594718168

This is the first book that I read by Marge Steinhage Fenelon, I have picked up a few others and not got around to reading them. After how quickly I devoured this volume that will not be the case for long. This book was so much more than I was expecting. I absolutely loved it. And living in Canada I am not likely to physically visit many of the shrines listed, but virtually through this book could. And I would love to see a book like this written about Marian Shrines in Canada. Each chapter of this book is a different day for a novena and a different Marian Shrine.

The sections in this book are:

Why a Marian Pilgrimage?
Day One: Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche: St. Augustine, Florida
Day Two: National Shrine of Our Lady of Prompt Succor: New Orleans, Louisiana
Day Three: St. Mary’s Mission and Museum: Stevensville, Montana
Day Four: Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows: Starkenburg, Missouri
Day Five: Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation: Carey, Ohio
Day Six: The National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help: Champion, Wisconsin
Day Seven: Shrine of Our Lady of Martyrs: Auriesville, New York
Day Eight: The House of Mary Shrine: Yankton, South Dakota
Day Nine: Our Lady of Peace Shrine: Santa Clara, California
How to Pray the Rosary

However, this book is so much more than a simple prayer book or novena. This book is written mainly for Catholics in the United States, but Catholics from around the world will enjoy this volume. For the prayer, for the history, and for the different devotions to Mary from around America. I greatly enjoyed finding out about these sites, and the history and practices associated with them.

Marge states in the introduction:

"The idea started percolating in my brain as I watched the growing success of my book 'Our Lady, Undoer of Knots: A Living Novena'. It seems that the notion of taking my reader on pilgrimage with me and then forming it into a novena had become contagious. I wanted to do it again, but this time I wanted to stay within my own country’s boundaries. I wanted to do something challenging and magnificent that would uncover the spiritual treasures of our United States and, in the process, help people to fall in love with our country again (or perhaps for the first time)."

And she does an amazing job of delivering on that goal. This book will be a great read for anyone with a devotion to Mary, for anyone wishing to deepen their devotion to Mary. And it is also excellent for anyone wanting to learn about these 9 Marian Shrines.

This was a book I read and loved. And it is a book I know I will read again. The devotion and love of Mary evident in Marge’s writing is inspiring. I give this book a very solid 5/5 stars. It is so worth the read!

Note: This book is part of a series of reviews: 2019 Catholic Reading Plan!

Books by Marge Steinhage Fenelon:
Our Lady, Undoer of Knots
My Queen, My Mother
Imitating Mary
Forgiving Mother
When’s God Gonna Call Me Back?
When’s God Gonna Show Up?
Reveille for the Soul
Strengthening Your Family: A Catholic Approach to Holiness at Home
10 Promises of Jesus: Stories and Scripture Reflections about Suffering and Joy


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