Book “Mary, My Mother”
In foreword of book “Mary, My Mother” Fr. Joseph Schryvers wrote: “Many saints and scholars devoted to the Blessed Virgin have proclaimed her praises, described her privileges, and celebrated her grandeurs. As for me, dear reader, I would not know how to teach you anything new about the Mother of God, nor how to say anything worthy of her.
But if you are or wish to be a child of Mary, you will read this little book because it speaks of your Mother; you will feel a secret impulse to reread it; you will discover in it new glimpses and profound thoughts which the author himself has not suspected and which he, unassisted, would not have been able to express in words; you will experience upon reading it an emotion which you will be unable to trace to its source.
Remember that no treatise on the Blessed Virgin is an ordinary book. When you are reading it, you are, without knowing it, under a higher influence; you are in contact with a sublime personality, ineffably pure and beneficent; you are drawn by her goodness and fascinated by her charms.”
Book “A Month with Mary”
This little book, “A Month with Mary”, originated from an act of charity of Father Dolindo.
Laura de Rosis, a person from Rossano Calabro, asked him for spiritual thoughts for every day of the month of May. The good Father Dolindo wrote thirty-one meditations for her, one for every day of the month. It was thus: everything for every soul, and his charity didn’t make it seem exaggerated for him to write “A Month with Mary” for just one soul!
This work is from 1912: one of those years which passed in the life of Father Dolindo with the cadence of a “Way of the Cross” … But he, serene as ever, loved Christ the more, loved Our Lady the more and reflected this love in these few pages to which he wished to give the significant title: A Profound Reform of Heart in the School of Mary.
These meditations are written in the style of the Imitation of Christ. Meditations for just one soul! May these pages now reach every soul who reads them as an entirely personal word, a comfort from Heaven and a portent of holiness.
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