Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Book Review - The Life of Mary As Seen by the Mystics

The Life of Mary As Seen by the Mystics is a compilation by Raphael Brown of the journals of four Catholic saints who were also mystics. These saints all lived in different times ranging from the 12th century to the 19th century, yet all recorded similar visions of Our Lady. Combined their holy diaries read like a wonderful story that begins with the lives of St. Anne and St. Joachim, Mary’s parents, and continues through the death and Assumption of the Blessed Mother.

The picture this story paints for the reader is one of delicate beauty where angels are always present, God is loved in the most perfect way, and the people chosen by God always ask for God’s help and then patiently wait for His guidance. It expresses faith like no other, and besides the wonder of it all, this story also describes suffering in a way that the reader can understand the true love God has for each of us.

The read is intense and so much information is included that I imagine having this book for reference in the future; however, this being the first time I have read it all the way through, I felt myself changing every day. This book will make you want to know more about Jesus and each of the people he chose to be present during his physical life. It will refresh, maybe even increase your faith, prove the importance and the power of prayer, and overall, make you want to be the best you can be. I loved it!

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