Tuesday 28 December 2021

Memento Mori An Advent Companion on the Last Things - Theresa Aletheia Noble, FSP

Memento Mori: 
An Advent Companion on the Last Things 
Theresa Aletheia Noble, FSP
Pauline Books and Media

This is the fourth volume from Sister Theresa Aletheia Noble, FSP that I have read. And I have read each of the other three more than once. I was very blessed by having read this book, and though I much prefer eBooks this is a stunning volume. And I will hang onto it and reuses it over the next few Advents. Or until an eBook version is released. This volume was funded in part through a Kickstarter campaign.

This book is an oversized trade paperback.  With flat cover. Each week begins with a reflection for the week. And then there is a reflection for each day. The daily reflections are 4 pages and are comprised of:

Full Page Artwork
Title (Third Tuesday of Advent)
Readings (the bible readings for that days mass, 
               Sundays have all three Cycles A B C.)
A Biblical Quote or Two.
Reflection on that days readings.
Journaling and Prayer Prompts

The chapters in the book are:

Memento Mori, the Last Things, and Advent
How to Use This Companion

First Week of Advent: Death
     First Sunday of Advent
     First Monday of Advent
     First Tuesday of Advent
     First Wednesday of Advent
     First Thursday of Advent
     First Friday of Advent
     First Saturday of Advent

Second Week of Advent: Judgement
     Second Sunday of Advent
     Second Monday of Advent
     Second Tuesday of Advent
     Second Wednesday of Advent
     Second Thursday of Advent
     Second Friday of Advent
     Second Saturday of Advent

Third Week of Advent: Hell
     Third Sunday of Advent
     Third Monday of Advent
     Third Tuesday of Advent
     Third Wednesday of Advent
     Third Thursday of Advent
     Third Friday of Advent
     Third Saturday of Advent

Fourth Week of Advent: Heaven
     Fourth Sunday of Advent
     December 17
     December 18
     December 19
     December 20
     December 21
     December 22
     December 23
     December 24
     Christmas December 25 

Appendix: The Memento Mori Daily Examen
     How to Make the Memento Mori Daily Examen
Art Acknowledgements

The artwork is stunning and the art contributors are:

Erica Tighn
Valerie Delgado
Diego Diaz
Yohanes Dony
Mary Dudek
Tricia Hope Dugat
Anna Griebe
Cory and Marie Heimann
Hope Helmer
Joe Kim
James Langley
Chris Lewis
Daniela Madriz
Christy Mandin
Sr. Laura Rosemarie McGowan
Ryan McQuade
Cory Mendenhall
Harmony Miller
Tisa Muico
David Nobel
Jay Parnell
Michella Arnold Paine
Gabriella Schadt
Jeremy Stout
Arienda Tankou
Kreg Yingst
Elizabeth Zelasko

Each artist has between 1 and 4 contributions to the work and each artist profile includes a twitter handle or website, title of work, description of work, and bio. The description on the back of the book states:

“During Advent we prayerfully consider how Jesus was born to save us from death through his incarnation, death, and resurrection. Remembering this in light of your own death can change your life.

Memento Mori of “remember your death” is a phrase long associated with the practice of remembering the unpredictable and inevitable end of one’s life. Memento Mori An Advent Companion on the Last things is the latest in a series of books by Sr. Theresa Aletheia Noble, FSP, that explores the traditional Christian practice of meditation on death in light of Christ. This book will help you consider that four Last Things: death, judgement, heal, and heaven in the context of Advent, through:

Daily Advent Reflections based on the liturgical readings
Daily readings from the tradition, including the 
                 Church Fathers and many of the Saints
The Memento Mori Examen or review of the day
Classic art as well as memento more-inspired art from over twenty artists."

Sister Theresa has written another wonderful volume. And the artwork helps us enter deeper into the meditations and reflections. The book can be used once, or for many years in a row. It is an excellent resource and I highly recommend it!

A few of my favorite art pieces:

Note: This book is part of a series of reviews: 2021 Catholic Reading Plan!

Books by Theresa Aletheia Noble, FSP:
Remember Your Death: Memento Mori A Lenten Devotional
Remember Your Death: Memento Mori Journal

Memento Mori Prayers on the Last Things 
The Prodigal You Love

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