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A Heart Like Mary's
31 Daily Meditations to Help You Live and Love as She Does
Author: Edward Looney
Trim size: 5 x 7 inches
Imprint: Ave Maria Press
On-sale date: October 6, 2017
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 Yes
- A Heart That Rejoices
- A Heart Filled with Generous Love
- A Heart Attentive to the Needs of Others
- A Heart of Compassion
- A Heart Desiring to Alleviate Suffering
- A Heart Desiring Us to Pray
- A Heart Desiring Peace
As 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.
"A marvelous blend of scripture, reflection, personal experience, and inspiration."
"A Heart Like Mary’s is a marvelous blend of scripture, reflection, personal experience, and inspiration. Fr. Looney's gift for helping others to draw closer to Mary shines in this work, and his great love for her is absolutely contagious. No one can pray through this book without acquiring a deeper love and yearning for the Blessed Virgin Mother."
Author of Imitating Mary and Our Lady, Undoer of Knots
"Insightful meditations on Our Lady."
"Anyone can benefit from Fr. Edward Looney's insightful meditations on Our Lady. I believe this book will help many people acquire a more tender and loving heart like Mary's."
Rev. Donald H. Calloway, MIC
Author of Champions of the Rosary
"One of the best applied guides in Marian spirituality I have ever seen."
"This book by Rev. Edward Looney is one of the best applied guides in Marian spirituality I have ever seen. Many graces will come to those who read this book prayerfully and faithfully."
Robert L. Fastiggi
Former president of the Mariological Society of America
"A practical guide to living in Mary's heart."
"Fr. Edward Looney is a priest who loves Mary. A Heart Like Mary's is a practical guide to living in her heart, which leads directly to the heart of her son. We’ll be a more tender people when we let her show us the heart of her son."
Kathryn Jean Lopez
Senior fellow at the National Review Institute
"Straightforward and profound."
"Mary is straightforward. Mary is profound. This book is the same. We are indebted to Fr. Looney, who has made the profound so accessible. The reader will come to know Mary and learn how to imitate her incredible virtues."
Msgr. Charles M. Mangan
Office of the Marian Apostolate
Diocese of Sioux Falls
"Prayerful, engaging, and practical."
"Popes and saints say that the heart most like the Sacred Heart is the heart of Mary. Through Scriptural reflections, approved Marian apparitions, and daily action items, Fr. Looney has given us a prayerful, engaging, and practical way to make our hearts more like the hearts of Jesus and Mary."
Rev. James Kubicki, S.J.
Author of A Heart On Fire and A Year of Daily Offerings
"A thirty-one-day yes to God."
"A Heart Like Mary’s is a thirty-one-day yes to God. Fr. Edward Looney lives out a mature devotion to the Holy Mother. He shares a month of meditations, prayers, and challenges that will inspire you to the humility, obedience, and love found in the heart of Mary."
Stacy A. Trasancos
Author of Particles of Faith