A Heart Like Mary's is the perfect book for all Catholics wishing to begin or deepen their devotion to Mary. Author and Marian theologian Rev. Edward Looney guides us through thirty-one daily meditations on the unique characteristics of Mary’s heart. This easy-to-read and engaging monthly devotional is full of practical lessons that address the personal challenges we all face as Mary’s fellow pilgrims walking the path of faith.
In the midst of feeling lost in his prayer life and relationship with God, Fr. Looney found himself reflecting on who Mary is and how he could be more like her. He learned that by daily meditating on Mary's attributes and praying for the grace to have a heart like hers he could turn his pessimistic and critical thoughts into optimistic and charitable ones.
A Heart Like Mary's offers readers a simple yet reflective introduction to Marian spirituality by way of a month-long daily devotional. Readers come away with a clear sense of who Mary was, how she cares for and looks after the faithful, and how we can honor her in our daily lives.
Based heavily on scripture, Church teaching, and Looney’s personal experience, A Heart Like Mary's gently teaches us how to imitate Mary’s love for others and devotion to God. Each day's meditation offers simple yet reflective insight into a unique characteristic of Mary’s heart. You’ll discover twenty-one attributes and ten separate desires of her heart, including:A Heart That Says YesA Heart That RejoicesA Heart Filled with Generous LoveA Heart Attentive to the Needs of OthersA Heart of CompassionA Heart Desiring to Alleviate SufferingA Heart Desiring Us to PrayA Heart Desiring PeaceAs we're guided through each of these meditations, we'll find inspiration for changing our own behavior and heart's disposition so that we, too, can respond to God, our loved ones, and life's obstacles with the same tenderness that Mary does.
Each day provides a scriptural quote or message from one of Mary's apparitions, followed by a reflection leading us into the depths of Mary’s heart and showing us how to mirror her heart. We also will be invited to call upon Mary’s intercession, asking her to give us a heart like hers. Each meditation concludes with a challenge to incorporate a love for Mary into our prayer life and action toward others
My Review of A Heart Like Mary's
Inspired by an experience while in the seminary and to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the appearance of Our Lady of Fatima, Reverend Edward Looney gives us a beautiful thirty- one day devotional titled A Heart Like Mary’s to inspire us transform our hearts to be more like Mary’s. A heart that is humble, prayerful and compassionate with a desire to please her Son. A heart that is inspired to love and be charitable towards others.
This devotional which takes thirty-one days to complete was motivated by the two Marian months, May and October which has thirty-one calendar days and also by the length of days of the apparitions of Our Lady at Fatima. The first part of this beautiful devotional concentrates on the attributes of Mary’s heart such as patience, chastity, generosity and humility. The period of time to complete the attributes of Mary’s heart is twenty-one days. The last ten days are filled with the desires of Mary’s heart as revealed through her many appearances throughout the years. Some of those include praying for peace, conversion and alleviating the pain of those who are suffering. Each day Reverend Looney begins with a short Scripture passage or a title called Mary Speaks, followed by a reflection and finishing with a short prayer to Mary Our Intercessor and a Step toward Living with a Marian Heart. The single day’s reading flows perfectly from beginning to end. At the conclusion of the thirty-one days of devotion, Reverend Looney discusses Consecration to Mary and gives us information how to do so with a variety of prayers to help us.
In conclusion, A Heart Like Mary’s is a lovely book of prayer and reflection that anyone who has a devotion to Mary will truly appreciate. It is also a starting point for anyone who wishes to become more like Mary and desires to become closer to her Son through prayer and service. It is a devotional that will benefit anyone and everyone wishing to have a heart more like Our Lady’s, a heart that is humble, charitable and loving. A heart that the world is desperate for, a heart that the world is longing for.
I want to thank Ava Marie Press via NetGalley for an advanced reader of A Heart Like Mary’s by Edward Looney for a fair and honest review.
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