A Love Letter to Mary – Keith Berube

A Love Letter to Mary – Keith Berube

A Love Letter to Mary

By Keith Berubé

The Holy Trinity is absolutely enamoured of Mary. The Saints and so many good Catholics not canonized are totally in love with Mary. Both God and man have expressed their hearts for Mary in poetry.
 
When these expressions of love are placed together, what we find is one vast love letter to Mary, one letter composed of countless letters, like thousands of shards of a great mirror each reflecting with more or less intensity the loveliest, sweetest light. God desires this mirror. He wants to express in creation, in Scripture, and in the lives of all those who love her His infinite, eternal, unfathomable, and fiery love for Mary, each saint contributing to this love letter in his or her own absolutely unique, incommunicable way.
 
Of course, so much of this love letter resides in the abyss of the heart where there are, finally, no adequate words; the expressions of love that we do have for Mary, as written in this book, are like the froth of ocean waves, merely hinting at the tremendous depths that lay beneath. Make this book your own, and use it to express your own love for Mary and to increase your bond with her.
 
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TESTIMONIALS

“For Aquinas, ‘the Beauty of God is the cause of the being of all that is.’ And this magnificent beauty generationally overflows from Our Lady’s abundant heart to each of us, furnishing the great message of life, as well as being the very balm which prepares us for death and union in her arms. A Love Letter to Mary is one of the great books needed in all stages of life, from the joys of new beginnings, to the dark business of suffering, and at death when our final words should sing with beauty and praise. — Dr. Caitlin Gilson, Associate Professor of Philosophy at University of Holy Cross and author of Subordinated Ethics: Natural Law and Moral Miscellany in Aquinas and Dostoevsky

“With his gift of poetic prose – a style that is, at once, academically adroit yet profoundly personal – and on the heels his breakout sensation Mary: The Rosary, the Relationship, and Dragons, Keith Berubé has established himself not only as a most gifted theologian, but also as a missionary of the Marian maxim, ‘De Maria Numquam Satis.’ In this present work, Berubé has assembled some of the world’s finest tributes – or, as he calls them, “Love Letters” – to the Queen of Heaven and Earth. He draws these from the typology of the Blessed Virgin contained in such Old Testament figures as Rebecca, Rachel, Judith, Esther, and Created Wisdom. He also draws these from the odes and prayers of the great Saints throughout the history of Christendom and from the myriad of beautiful women throughout the history of Western Art and Literature, who, whether knowingly or unknowingly, represent the Blessed Virgin. — Jayson M. Brunelle, M.Ed., CAGS, author of The Blessed Mother’s Plan to Save Humanity: Marian Revelations and Necessity of Total Consecration

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mr. Keith Berubé, author of Mary, the Beloved and Mary: The Rosary, The Relationship, and Dragons, holds holds a B.A. and an M.A. in Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville and has taken doctoral studies at Holy Apostles College and Seminary. His MA and doctoral studies focused on Mariology and he is currently writing his doctoral dissertation at the University of South Africa under the direction of Dr. Jennifer Slater and the co-direction of Fr. Peter Kucer, MSA, currently serving as the Interim Rector-President at Holy Apostles College and Seminary. His doctoral thesis concerns the eschatological reality of Mary and the intimate relationship God desires people to have with her. Mr. Berubé writes Marian articles for Homiletic and Pastoral Review, is featured in the upcoming 2019 edition of Fr. Donald Calloway’s Marian Journal Mater Misericordiae, has given various radio interviews, and has appeared on Mother Angelica’s EWTN. He teaches at Queen of Heaven Academy and resides with his wife and their five children in Columbus, Ohio.

See Keith’s recent article in Homiletic and Pastoral Review entitled “‘To Jesus through Mary’ is Not Enough”(October 2, 2018)

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Honest Rust and Gold: A Second Collection of Prose and Poetry. Rust is the breaking down of metal, owing to water, air and other factors, whereas gold does not deteriorate; and, therefore, these metals sum up the difference between the destruction of sin and the ennobling action of God – as beautiful, precious and permanent as the poverty of our lives pleads for His help (cf. Psalm 34: 6). “Honest” speaks to the truth of these findings! At the same time, however, just as the Church’s second collection is often for the needs of the world, so this book is about the wide ranging reality of the times in which we live: both timely to our generation and, at times, transcending time and addressing life’s persistent questions. Moreover, as you will find, the book is bespeckled with the many guest-gifts that this prospector has received through inviting others to contribute!

Paperback: $17.95| Kindle $9.99

CONTENTS

Acknowledgements

Foreword: Bishop Fintan Monahan of Killaloe Diocese, Ireland

General Introduction

Part I: Before
Nothing
Osmosis
Beginning

Guest Poet and Poem: Ravi Shankar
The Three Christs
-for Doug Andersen

Part II: Awareness
Guest Poet and Poem: Russell Rogers
Where is He?

A Trilogy of Cases:
Part I: Locked
Part II: Naked
Part III: Rat-to-Bird
Sharing
Flowers
The Picture
Vulnerable
News
A Trilogy of Tones:
Black
White
Grey
Awakening

Guest Poet and Poem: Fr. Antoine Altieri:
La Grand Santé (Great Health)
Part III: Technological Leaping
Skin Deep
Flitting
Phoneheads

Guest Poet and Poem: Richard Bowdery
Nomophobia No More

Part IV: Grace
Denatured
Boiling Point
Changing
You and I
Aftermath

Guest Poet and Poem: Annabelle Moseley
A Prayer for Setting the Table
For Annabelle Black, in honor of her 100th Birthday

Part V: The Sacraments
Bread of Love, Wine of Glory
Immersion
Regenerative
Part I: A Ringed Pair
Part II: Whirlpools
Part I: The Priest-Shepherd
Part II: The Domestic Shepherd

Guest Poet and Poem: Teresa J. Herbic
Marks of Eternity

Part VI: Writing
Words Torn from Tears
A Pain-Breaking Word
Failure’s Fog
Clots
Gaps
Soundings
Matter

Guest Poet and Poem: Dr. Mary Anne Urlakis
The Empty Lot

Part VII: After
Three times – Now a Fourth, Fifth and Sixth:
Part I: Dying…
Part II: The Plight of All
Part III (I): Visiting
Part III (II): The Plight of Passing
Part IV: He was Among Us
Part V: One Life Uprooted
Immobile
Comfort
Unreachable

Guest Poet and Poem: James Sale
Could I But

Epilogue

End Word: John O’Brien, Frater at OFM (Franciscan)
“How great is your name, O Lord our God, through all the earth.”

Testimonials

“I was recommended this book by a friend. It’s a series of Poetry & Prose both from the author & guest writers. There is a brief introduction of the guest writer which gives an insight into their faith & perception on life. The book is laid out in individual topics and of a life that anyone of us might face. I would also say that they could be used as prayer in some instances. Sometimes, it’s hard to put prayer into words, but these writings bring the concept of Christ and God a little closer to ourselves. These are also reflections on life, family, friends and times enjoyable or times of sorrow. The book is an easy read and the pieces are thought provoking & inspiring. Also, the honesty of the author about his path to faith and how it was achieved can encourage others who are still unsure about themselves. One piece that inspired me was: ‘Sitting in front of the cross of Christ I realised that He was immobilised, pinned to it by nails, metal, wood & wounds as unforgiving as deterioration due to illness & injustice. Pray for us to remember them; & in remembering them, I beg you to help them.'” – Gillian Cockwill

“Our times can be described as one enthralled by the quickening, with the passing of time seemingly accelerating amid the buzz of modern technology. In Honest Rust and Gold, Francis Etheredge and his guest writers offer heartfelt poetry as a means to pause and make sense of our hectic world – and indeed, ourselves. Underlining the many penetrating themes encompassed throughout this work is a sense of vulnerability, which for the Christian is a reminder of our constant need to trust and lean on God, especially when we are hurting. As Etheredge reflects in the introduction to the poem “Bread of Love, Wine of Glory,” “God is not remote […] but is so close as to take into Himself all our pain.” Honest Rust and Gold provides a beautiful collection of faith-filled poems for anyone seeking a spiritual oasis of consolation. — Eric Manuel Torres, BHlthSci, MOrthoptics (LaTrobe), MNSc (Melb), GradDipTheol, MTS (CTC/UDiv), CertIIIBAdmin (S.Russo), AOBR, MOA, RN, Assoc. Member CMAV. Catholic theologian and bioethicist.

“In Attention and Will, Simone Weil stated ‘Attention, taken to its highest degree, is the same thing as prayer. It presupposes faith and love.’ This insight has never been better realized than in Francis Etheredge’s transcendent Honest Rust and Gold: A Second Collection of Prose and Poetry. Just reading this exceptional collection of poetry and prose is a spiritual experience that brings us closer to the infinite beauty of God.”Gordon Nary, Editor of Profiles in Catholicism

“How heavy and uninviting the term “lay spirituality” can seem! But what if it were written by a poet-theologian who could present needed insights in images so beautiful you couldn’t resist the invitation to grow. On marriage, for example, this very realistic part will help any who can’t stand just looking at ideal couples and feeling rotten in comparison! Honest Rust and Gold: A Second Collection of Prose and Poetry is deep, incisive, penetrating! Get it! Read it!” — Ronda Chervin, Emerita Professor of Philosophy at Holy Apostles College and Seminary, author of more than fifty books about spirituality, presenter on TV and Radio.

“This is an excellent book of personal heartfelt reflections and poems that have awakened in me strong feelings and deep thoughts about many similar life experiences lived, explored and shared by the author. His prose and poetry have inspired me to think and feel my own life’s journey, with its challenges, hardships, joys and sorrows. Every reader will relive their life’s experiences, for that is the power of poetry.His meaningful prose and poetry covers a wide range of human experiences and relevant truths today. It is about existence, the meaning of life, family love, the problem of evil, COVID-19, homelessness, technology and its influence on mankind today and much more. His images are moving. A dew drop hanging on a blade of grass, brings us close to the beauty of nature and God. Francis Etheredge has given us a gem in Honest Rust and Gold: A Second Collection of Prose and Poetryto be treasured and read many times.” — Shay Cullen, www.preda.org

“Everyone sees life a bit differently. Much in the same way, everyone reads a book a bit differently. In being granted the opportunity to review Honest Rust and Gold – A Second Collection of Prose and Poetry, I was struck by the depth and thoughtfully piercing nature of this book. In the General Introduction, the author writes, ‘Maybe this book is like that moment of stepping out of the busyness of life in order to notice what is around us.’ That was, in fact, my experience with this book. It is a ‘stepping out’ but also a ‘stepping up’ to consider greater things, deeper things, more profound things. It is a challenge to touch life, even when it’s a bit dangerous to do so. To explore life knowing that to embark on such a journey is to risk being changed by the journey. And to ask questions that may reveal within us that which we prefer to hold in the shadows. The blend of prose and poetry lends a gentle depth and enhanced flavor to each chapter. If you wish to notice what is around you in order to transform that which is within you, this book will certainly assist in that endeavor.” — Craig D. Lounsbrough, M.Div., LPC craiglpc4@gmail.comwww.craiglpc.com

“Personally, reading this book was like visiting an art gallery; viewing each piece of work as unique, yet part of an overall collection. Each poem, or work, a separate portrait; overall a collection of very detailed portraits of the life of the author. Nothing is hidden. Even the most painful moments of his life are laid bare or ‘Naked’ – one of his works. ‘Failure’s Fog’ is a very moving account of the author’s journey. Etheredge takes his readers on a guided tour of his work, giving a personal insight into his lifelong pilgrimage. He is unafraid to show readers the truth. Each piece of work is intricately linked to the other, with thoughtful and compelling additions from guest artists. On closing the book, I felt as if I’d attended a beautiful yet haunting exhibition that left me pondering the meaning of life. The Christian walk isn’t always easy, but God is always with us. Ever present, His grace sees us through the most desperate and vulnerable moments of our lives. Honest Rust and Gold is a powerful testimony of this truth. Themes include: covid-19, God, death, vocation, meaning in life, abortion, suicide, marriage, family, faith, loneliness, emptiness, brokenness, nature, wisdom, finding purpose in life, failure, angst, poverty, and the dislocation between our own existence and that of others. Etheredge tells us, ‘the book is a dialogue between grace and nature’. I highly recommend reading Honest Rust and Gold, especially if you enjoyed reading The Prayerful Kiss and The Family on Pilgrimage by the same author.  ‘… leaving is very different from being left behind.’ (Etheredge) — Kelly Jayne Lazell

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Francis Etheredge is married with eleven children, three of whom are in heaven. Marriage and family life are a work of graced nature: a single reality which has a history and is a vocation. Through sharing his life, Francis hopes that others will discover the God who comes to help.

Francis is the author of Scripture: A Unique Word, and a trilogy From Truth and Truth (Volume I-“Faithful Reason”; Volume II-“Faith and Reason in Dialogue”; Volume III-“Faith Is Married Reason”), all of which are published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing; The Human Person: A Bioethical Word, The Family on Pilgrimage: God Leads through Dead EndsThe Prayerful Kiss, Conception: An Icon of the BeginningMary and Bioethics, all of which are published by En Route Books and Media.

Francis is currently a freelance writer and speaker and his “Posts” on LinkedIn can be viewed here. Poetry; short articles; autobiographical blog; excerpts from books; and “Philosophize: A Ten Minute Write.”

He has earned a BA Div (Hons), MA in Catholic Theology, PGC in Biblical Studies, PGC in Higher Education, and an MA in Marriage and Family (Distinction).

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Always a New Beginning! A Conversation between Broken Catholic Spiritual Warriors

By Ronda Chervin, Ph.D., and David E. Dowd

RONDA: Life is a broken field of dreams for some of us. Loved ones, experience, accidents, illness, old age… each inflicting pain and suffering according to circumstance. Some of us emerge with scars on the outside and inside. We can live on the inside looking through our broken shard of glass at our lives.
 
DAVE: But, you might learn you CAN make a new beginning. Some of us who struggle to remain faithful through our pain like I did can begin, now! So, I invite you to join me in meeting up with Ronda Chervin. I invite you to join us in this life giving adventure along the roads of honesty and truth as we rediscover His Plan in our own journey, as Saint Benedict said, “Always a New Beginning.”
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TESTIMONIALS

“The past is gone, and the future is not yet. Always a New Beginning! is a pleasant and insightful challenge to always live in the present moment with prayerful calmness, peaceful determination, and joyful humor. It is an invitation to live life to the full, making all things new.” – Br. Francis Flaherty, OCSO, Assumption Abbey, Ava, Missouri

“This is a positive and practical book for those of us who are at least eighty, for those who are not-quite-eighty, and for all who are not-quite-not-quite-eighty. As many of us, as youngsters, gladly anticipated adolescence and adulthood, here we are aided by the authors’ experiences, their wit and wisdom, as they guide us forward. We can join our walks with theirs into our later years. The questions at the end of each chapter enable us, the readers, to join in this adventure as well, to experience our own individual healing and growth.” – Marti Armstrong, M.S.

“It is a privilege for me to recommend Always a New Beginning! Just the title is inspirational, so true and invites interest. The book is also very personal, humble, unique, and a heartwarming dialogue between the authors, which is so enjoyable to read. I have gotten to know David Dowd in the past couple of months and his revelations are so him, and I also feel like I know Ronda, without meeting her, because of their opening up of very personal and intimate thoughts and encounters. The book is really remarkable and also spiritual, by two great Catholic believers, one a lifelong teacher who is very devout, and the other a lifelong practitioner and examiner of the Catholic faith. While much of the book has timeless subjects, it also has a nice contemporary twist with the current encounter with the coronavirus pandemic. I heartily recommend its reading.” – Eugene J. O’Neill, Attorney At Law, Gould Cooksey Fennell

Always a New Beginning! is a fascinating intersection of two ”spiritual warrior” experiences which shaped their pasts and opened possibilities for “new beginnings” in the future. The Professor (Ronda) and Poet (David) share a keen appreciation that life is not always fair, but through perseverance one can choose to make a positive difference every day. Their insights serve as unique guides to a wide variety of audiences who face issues in their personal journeys. As I read the book I was struck by their humility, their celebration of our differences, and their advice on how to cope and appreciate the joy of life. They do not push themselves, rather their discussion is natural, with each of them and the reader taking part.   My experience as a reader is one I recommend. Once I started, I could not put it down! Highly recommended!” – Barry M. Costello, Vice Admiral (retired) U.S. Navy, Author of Fortune Favors Boldness: The Story of Naval Valor During Operation Iraqi Freedom

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Ronda Chervin, Ph.D. is a professor of Philosophy, widow, grandmother, and great grandmother. She has taught at Loyola Marymount University, St. John’s Seminary of Los Angeles, Franciscan University of Steubenville, Our Lady of Corpus Christi, and Holy Apostles Seminary and College. She is the author of numerous books about Catholic living and presents on EWTN and Catholic Radio. Most well known of her books are The Way of Love, Treasury of Women Saints, Avoiding Bitterness in Suffering: How our Heroes in Faith Found Peace amid Sorrow, and, most recently, with co-author Albert Hughes: Escaping Anxiety on the Road to Spiritual Joy. 

David E. Dowd, a self-described repentant Catholic poet and former insurance underwriter, is a Pro-Life Activist who has been involved in street preaching in Boston. He is the author of Love, Life, Family & the Boston Red Sox. Book of Poetry.

 
 

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It is My Soul that Sings: Selected Poems of Charles Gordon Rex (1909-1973)

Ed. by Charles Gordon Rex, Jr.

Poet and composer Charles Gordon Rex’s style of writing, finally being published in the 21st Century, is that of a bygone era, this being so because he was the product of the first half of the Twentieth Century with the bulk of his works being written in the 1930s and 1940s. His preferred form was the venerable sonnet. For other forms, a major influence was the poetry of A. E. Housman, many of whose poems Rex as a composer set to music. Thus it is unfortunate that during his own lifetime, he rarely bothered with the publication of either his poetry or his music. This volume addresses that lacuna and gives to the world a brilliant symphony of the mind.

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Charles Gordon Rex was born in Springfield, Massachusetts, on June 20, 1909, into a family of nine brothers and sisters. His father, Charles George Rex, an immigrant from England, was a carpenter who worked on some of Springfield’s largest buildings. Ill health struck early in the younger Charles’ life when at the age of three he came down with polio which left him paralyzed from the waist down and partially paralyzed in his right hand, thereby virtually confining him to a wheel chair for most of his life, although for a time he was able to use heavy braces and crutches. However, the polio had also caused severe scoliosis of his spine with the result that he was often in great pain. In spite of these handicaps, it became obvious in childhood that he was gifted with extraordinary intelligence and musical ability, but due to the complete lack of educational facilities for the handicapped in his area, his early schooling and musical studies were virtually self-taught. Nonetheless, he was an avid reader from an early age and started writing poetry in his teenage years. He managed to learn piano and violin and acquired a remarkable amount of proficiency on these instruments in spite of the partial paralysis of his right hand, enough so that he played violin as a member of a local orchestra.

However it was in his vocal abilities that he first achieved success. With the financial backing of a patron of the arts who recognized his talent, he studied voice in Springfield with RCA Victor recording artist Royal Dadmun for five years starting at the age of eighteen. At this time, Rex started writing poetry, a handwritten note on a penciled manuscript revealing that his first poem was “The Thrush’s Song,” written in 1928. He later started giving solo vocal recitals as a baritone, earning praise from newspaper critics for his “volume and unusual beauty of tone.” Dadmun himself wrote to him, “I count on you as an exponent of whatever value my ideas may have.” Rex was also a vocal soloist for the Travelers Insurance Symphony Orchestra under conductor Moshe Paranov, co-founder and dean of the Hartt School of Music, on WTIC AM radio out of Hartford, Connecticut for the NBC Red Radio Network.

In 1935, he married his first wife, Miriam, and moved to New York City where he studied voice with well-known vocal instructor Alfredo Martino who later made him his first assistant. Eventually Rex had his own studio and an assistant teacher through Martino’s helpfulness and also collaborated on a book with Martino entitled “Today’s Singing.” According to personal notes, Rex also often went through periods where he would write a poem a day, a favorite form being the sonnet.

 His ultimate ambition being music composition, however, he came to the conclusion that he needed a formal education, and so, with no previous academic schooling, he finished high school in nine months and entered Amherst College, where he was a member of Theta Xi national social fraternity and Pi Kappa Lambda Honor Society. There he studied with American composer Ross Finney. Rex later transferred to Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, where after a little over three years he graduated in 1946 with both Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Arts degrees while sustaining a 98% grade-point average as well as winning the college’s highest award, the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award for outstanding achievement. After graduation, he became part of the music faculty of Rollins College for two years. During this time, he was also involved in a weekly radio program of dramatized plays for children for which he composed the music and acted.

After a divorce, Rex married his second wife, Betty, in 1948 with whom he had three children. In the early 1950s, he was director of bands and choruses for the Mt. Dora High School in Florida while continuing to compose music and poetry. However, increasing ill-health during this time started severely curtailing his musical activities with the result that after fulfilling some isolated commissions from the Florida Symphony and composing some short piano works, his musical life had to virtually cease, although he still continued to write poetry. In 1964, he developed colon cancer that was cured by surgery. In 1966, the family broke up, and Rex moved to Tallahassee, Florida to be near one of his sons who was attending Florida State University. Suffering from increasing depression, he barely survived a suicide attempt in August of 1970. After his recovery, he still continued to write poetry. He ultimately moved back to Springfield in 1972 and died of a stroke on April 23, 1973.

Charles Gordon Rex’s children, Charles, Jr., Christopher, and Cathy, have carried on their father’s musical tradition. Charles Rex (Jr.) became a concert violinist and was a first violinist in the Philadelphia Orchestra under Eugene Ormandy after graduating from Florida State University on a full scholarship. He was later the Associate Concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta and Leonard Bernstein as well as serving as interim Concertmaster of the London Symphony Orchestra on a concert tour of England under Sir Colin Davis. Christopher Rex became a cellist and was also in the Philadelphia Orchestra after graduating from the Curtis Conservatory. He later became the Principle Cellist of the Atlanta Symphony under Robert Shaw and Robert Spano, and also served as substitute Principle Cellist of the New York Philharmonic on a European concert tour by the NYP under Maestro Mehta. Cathy Rex was proficient on piano but decided not go into music professionally.

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TESTIMONIALS

“Fr Dennis Billy, CSsR, brings together his extensive experience as a spiritual director and retreat master, erudition, impressive credentials in moral theology and spirituality, and his skills as a writer and poet in this wonderful book on the spiritual journey. As with any authentic spiritual journey, the pilgrimage in this book is told with generosity and simplicity unfolding profound truths of how God has called us to Himself and accompanies us along the way. It is a treasure for anyone no matter where they might be on the journey home.” — Dcn Peter Lovrick, Professor of Homiletics and Director of Diaconate Formation, St. Augustine’s Seminary, Toronto. Author of Proclaiming in a New Season: a Practical Guide to Catholic Preaching in the New Evangelization

“‘We were made for God. Our happiness lies in him alone. Life is a journey that should lead us into the Heart of God – ultimately culminating in sharing an eternity with Him in heaven.’ These are the basic themes that summarize the work of Fr. Dennis J. Billy, C.Ss.R. in his book, Returning Home: A Spirituality of the Christian Journey. Within this retreat, Fr. Billy does a splendid job in guiding the reader through a simple, yet profound, reflection on the meaning of life. He explains how each soul was created by God in love in order to reach an eternal destiny with Him in heaven. Beginning with basic principles, he extrapolates these tenets by applying them practically to the reader’s pilgrimage to God, regardless of where the reader is on his or her own faith journey. This retreat would be helpful both to beginners by outlining why God created them and how they can grow in their relationship with Him as well as by those more advanced in the spiritual life by offering many reflection points through which the Holy Spirit could powerfully guide them personally deeper into the heart of God.” – Mary Kloska, author of The Holiness of Womanhood

“In this significant spiritual book, Fr. Billy explains that throughout life, every human being is on a spiritual journey to return home to Heaven, to be in the presence of God forever. As I read Fr. Billy’s book, I thought of every human being who has lived, is living, or will live, a virtual ocean of humanity, all traveling towards Heaven. Some limp and carry a heavy burden of sin; others skip along, overconfident in their spirituality; many want to go on their knees, on the roughest part of the road, to do penance for their mortal sins. Still others stroll along because they want to see where everyone is going; and some drag the things that mean the most to them in this life. And yet others try to forge a different path. In five chapters, Fr. Billy gives us the information we need to successfully navigate this journey. Although each and every person’s journey is unique in some ways, Fr. Billy clearly shows us the aspects we have in common. He gives us the signposts we must follow – and that makes this book an important spiritual aid.” — Dr. Cynthia Toolin-Wilson, STL, MFA, Chief Academic Officer, and Professor of Dogmatic and Moral Theology, at  Holy Apostles College and Seminary, Memoirist, Radio Show Host  

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Fr. Dennis J. Billy, C.Ss.R., is Professor Emeritus of the history of moral theology and Christian spirituality at the Alphonsian Academy of the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome and currently serves as The Robert F. Leavitt Distinguished Service Chair in Theology at St. Mary’s Seminary & University in Baltimore. An American Redemptorist of the Baltimore Province, Fr. Billy has advanced degrees from Harvard University, the Pontifical University of St. Thomas (Angelicum), and the Graduate Theological Foundation. The author of numerous books and articles on a variety of religious topics, he is also active in his order’s retreat apostolate and in the ministry of spiritual direction.

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To duchowe przemówienie, które wygłosiłem grupie polskiej młodzieży w ośrodku rekolekcyjnego w Bablińcu, Polska o Miłości, jaką Bóg dla nich ma. Został on przetłumaczony 3 września 2005 roku przez Hanię Przybylo. Można to posłuchać zarówno w moim języku angielskim, jak i po polsku Hania.

The Holiness of Womanhood

by Mary Kloska

A great mystery surrounds the gift of womanhood that God wants people to treasure and protect. The Holiness of Womanhood describes the various gifts that God has entrusted to women (or more precisely has made women to be) and their role as helpmate, wife and mother. This book also touches upon God’s call to a woman in a specific vocation, her gift of purity, and her unique interior life as it relates to the Cross, the Eucharist, and Prayer. It culminates by reflecting on the examples of the saints and of Our Lady, who is God’s Masterpiece of Femininity.  

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TESTIMONIALS

The Holiness of Womanhood by Mary Kloska is profound and remarkably readable, a great treasure for our times. I would recommend this book to anyone for their spiritual benefit.” — Fr. Ayub Francis Nasar

“Translating this book is really helping me to respect my wife, mother, sisters and all women more and more. I am very sure that I am going to get more depth and reverence for women as I continue to work on it. And really thanks for writing such a masterpiece. There is no doubt that our society here needs this book very much. I believe this book is not only going to change women, but also men. Praise the Lord for using you to be the sign of hope. This book is going to be hope for our women who really are struggling with their true identity.” — Aqif Shahzad- translator into Urdu

“I picked this book up and could not put it down until I turned the final page… and I’m a man! If it captivated me to such a degree, I can only marvel at the wondrous effect it will have on women! This book is so uniquely beautiful that I would not be at all surprised if in time it is recognized as a classic in Catholic women’s literature. I would encourage every woman to read this treatise and to hold on to it for her entire life… keep returning to it; and finally… leave it as a special heirloom to someone you love dearly.” — Fr. Lawrence Edward Tucker, SOLT, author of The Redemption of San Isidro; To Whom The Heart Decided To Love; Adventures In The Father’s Joy; The Prayer of Jesus Crucified (La Oracion de Jesus Crucificado); and the new Catholic music album/CD, So Shine by brothersister

“Mary Kloska takes on an important, though much neglected issue: the real differences between women and men, with a focus on the impact of those differences on women’s spirituality. The joy of reading this is that in place of the anger that sometimes accompanies such issues, Mary gently and calmly observes the differences and celebrates both, even as she focuses her attention on the spiritual gifts of women. I, a man, have directed women, and I know a number of women who give spiritual direction to men, yet Mary’s insights into the spiritual life of women offer far more insight than I can. In addition, her experience comes from her having lived on four continents, among very diverse people — North America, Europe, Africa and Asia, which gives her insights breadth. Her own spiritual life is the obvious source of her depth. Her book is a profound aid in a woman’s spiritual development.” – Fr. Mitch Pacwa, SJ, president and founder of Ignatius Productions and senior fellow of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology

“What a beautiful retreat for women! I love it. Full of deep insights. I can assure you from reading the book …that it is full of joy and peace and that it actually helped me at age 82 (even though I wrote a whole book about women and several books that I use on retreats myself). I still found new insights in this book. So even if you have been to women’s retreats, this could give you something new and very important.” – Dr. Ronda Chervin, leader of dozens of women’s retreats, and author of Feminine, Free, and Faithful

The Holiness of Womanhood contains much wisdom and Truth for any woman who really wants to become what God created her to be. Having lived through the rise of women’s liberation in the sixties and seventies, which began the release of tons of literature about women that only polluted the mind, I find this book refreshing. It gives a Godly spin to femininity and has many riches for any woman who wants to be a woman of God.” – Clare R. Ten Eyck, Ed.D., Catholic Therapist and Retreat Director

“Mary Kloska’s retreat for women, especially in their early twenties, lays out the principles for motivating a young person’s true identity in the making. Even more, a mother of a family can find in this book, easy to read and think about, practical insights to help her daughters mature toward a deep sense of potential motherhood. Then she can more truly discern an authentic spouse to love her and her children in marriage with sacrificial love.” – Fr. Basil Cole, Professor of moral, spiritual, and dogmatic theology at the Dominican House of Studies

“This book provides a much needed insight into authentic femininity, and is a must read for young and old women alike, who wish to delve deeper into their individual vocations and their meaning and purpose as a daughter of the King.” – Theresa A Thomas, Mother of six daughters, 15-year family columnist at “Today’s Catholic News,” contributor to Integrated Catholic Life website, Catholic Exchange, freelance writer and author of Big Hearted: Inspiring Stories from Every Day Families (Scepter, 2013)

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

Mary Kloska is from Elkhart, Indiana. She was raised in a huge Polish family (12 brothers and sisters) along with a lot of foster babies and other needy people in and out of the house. She presently has 70+ nieces and nephews.  She has lived a very unique life. Upon graduating from Notre Dame in 1999 she spent almost 20 years in the missions serving the poor (including orphanages) as well as praying as a consecrated hermit all over the world –Siberia, Nigeria, Tanzania, South Africa, Philippines, Mexico, the Holy Land and all over Europe as well. Although she spent a lot of time away in silence praying, ironically she loves children and is very fun and outgoing when it comes to serving young adults, as well as the little ones. She also spent her time in the missions giving retreats, doing simple catechesis, leading prayer groups, giving spiritual direction, helping in deliverance, changing diapers, feeding babies and cleaning floors. After spending intense time serving in a mission she would withdraw for periods of ‘retreat’ as a hermit (including three years as an official diocesan hermit with vows under a Bishop.) The last few years she has spent as a fulltime nanny to infant triplets, twins and several large families. She speaks many languages (poorly) and enjoys playing guitar, painting icons, baking, gardening, reading, writing and simply filling in where there is the greatest need in the Church. Her WCAT Radio program, “The Heart of Fiat Crucified Love,” may be found here.

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