St Benedict was the first recorded saint to create a garden at his monastery, as a place for prayer and contemplation. His was a rose garden or ?rosary?. It was St Fiacre in 670, however, who became the first to plant a garden in honour of Our Lady, using those flowers which bore her name. This idea quickly spread with many ?Mary Gardens? being created to honour Mary. Here is an exquisitely illustrated guide to creating a Mary Garden in the home, parish, school, with an extensive guide to traditional plant names dedicated to Our Lady, their legends, use in art and in prayer and meditation.
The Urgent Message of Marian Hope
Fr. Andrew Apostoli, C.F.R. One hundred years ago, at the peak of World War I, Our Lady appeared to three young children in the small town of Fatima, Portugal. In this recent work, Fr Andrew Apostoli, carefully analyses the events and messages at Fatima and clears up lingering questions and doubts about their meaning.
AUTHOR: Fr. Andrew Apostoli, C.F.R.
DETAILS: 310 pages, paperback
These meditations on the Immaculate Conception will teach you to look at and love Our Lady as God sees and loves her. Alive to the role of material beauty in strengthening our perception of the invisible, Dom Perrin uses the visual language of the “Triptych” to assist us in our understanding of Mary’s role in the divine plan. Those who already rejoice in fervent devotion to Mary will find their love for her here nourished, stirred, refreshed, confirmed, given new impetus. For those who have lacked the confidence to turn to Mary, who feel they do not really understand how we can pray to her, or relate to her, these pages may prove truly liberating, inviting entry into a prayer life that is deeper, more confident, and more effective. A contemplative gaze at Mary Immaculate has the power to change us, to convert us, to soften our hard hearts, to open us up to the transforming power of the Holy Spirit. Here then is a book to be savoured, to be read slowly and repeatedly, to be passed on to others. May it be a blessing for all who encounter it.
AUTHOR: Dom Xavier Perrin, OSB
DETAILS: 106 pages, paperback
Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen Fulton J. Sheen presents a moving portrayal of the Blessed Virgin Mary. All the major aspects and events of Mary’s life are lovingly portrayed in a manner full of information, consolation and inspiration. Sheen gives profound insights into all the Marian beliefs ranging from the Immaculate Conception to the miracles of Fatima.
AUTHOR: Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen
DETAILS: 276 pages, paperback