What if you had walked beside the Virgin Mary from the Annunciation to the point at which she and Joseph found Jesus in the temple? How might seeing Christ as a child impact you and your faith?
WINE: Women In the New Evangelization offers its second, six-week scripture study, this time following the infancy and early years of Christ as seen through the eyes of Mary and other familiar and imagined women in the gospels.
Founder Kelly Wahlquist and ten other members of WINE uniquely blend scripture reflections, imaginative encounters, and visio divina “sacred seeing” with practical spirituality and discussion questions that will help you take a prayerful and creative journey through Advent and the Christmas season.
Not much is known about the childhood of Jesus, but the Gospels highlight six key moments in his early life:
- the angel Gabriel proclaiming Jesus’ birth to Mary at the Annunciation
- a pregnant Mary visiting her cousin Elizabeth
- the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem
- the presentation of Jesus in the temple
- the flight of Mary, Joseph, and Jesus to Egypt
- discovering the twelve-year-old Jesus in the temple
Week by week, you will dig deep into each of the scriptural vignettes of Jesus’ early life and grow in your faith as you learn about virtues such as humility, patience, charity, reverence, prudence, and courage.
Each chapter uses an image that allows you to practice visio divina, the ancient practice of praying with sacred art. The images are included in an eight-page, full-color insert.
Gaze Upon Jesus will appeal to women who want to deepen their relationship with Jesus during Advent. Contributors to this inspiring scripture study include: Alyssa Bormes, Sarah Christmyer, Mary Healy, Maria Morera Johnson, Stephanie Landsem, Elizabeth Lev, Joan Lewis, Deborah Savage, Kelly Wahlquist, Katie Warner, and Carol Younger. Popular Catholic media personality Teresa Tomeo, also a member of WINE, wrote the foreword for the book.
As an individual or group study, Gaze Upon Jesus is a memorable way to encounter the God who sent his Son to show us his loving Father’s heart.
Trim size: 6 x 9 inches
Imprint: Ave Maria Press
“You will be renewed and refreshed.”
“Wherever you may be in your faith life, by reading this book you will be renewed and refreshed.”
From the foreword by Teresa Tomeo
Syndicated radio host and author of Intimate Graces
“Beautifully written, rooted in the infancy narratives, and ingeniously imagined and structured, Gaze Upon Jesus is a marvelous encounter with the Child Jesus through feminine eyes—and the six key virtues we all can learn from it.”
Most Rev. Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.
Archbishop of Philadelphia
“Every Catholic woman intent on knowing Jesus should have a copy!”
“One-stop shopping for the mind, the heart, and the senses for the woman who seeks to know, love, and serve Jesus in the rigors of everyday life. Every Catholic woman intent on knowing Jesus should have a copy!”
President of ENDOW
“A creative appeal to the heart and the imagination.”
“Recalling Pope Benedict's observation that an encounter with the beautiful is like the wound of an arrow that strikes our core and opens our eyes, I am confident that this volume, in its creative appeal to the heart and the imagination, will be a useful tool for opening the spiritual eyes of readers desiring to see and know the Christ child.”
Most Rev. Bernard A. Hebda
Archbishop of Saint Paul and Minneapolis
“A unique study tool.”
“Gaze Upon Jesus is a unique study tool for Catholic women who long to draw close to the manger in Bethlehem and the Holy Family's home in Nazareth. With guided meditations and prayerful reflections, this book helps you encounter Jesus anew—the way Mary and Joseph did in Christ's early years.”
Catholic theologian, author, speaker
“This book will be a breakthrough for many women. The beauty in this book is revealed in the unveiling of God, who is deeply personable and desires to share his very life with each of us.”
President of the Military Council of Catholic Women Worldwide
“This work will be a healing tool in the New Evangelization.”
“This book beautifully articulates the profound longing of the human heart: to love and be loved. Readers are led into scriptural mysteries to develop the vital art of 'gazing' through the feminine heart. I believe this work will be a healing tool in the New Evangelization, and pray that countless women will savor it as they read. I enthusiastically recommend it.”
President and cofounder of Foundation of Prayer for Priests
“Fresh, insightful meditations.”
“This book offers fresh, insightful meditations on the earthly life of Mary that are at the same time delightful and instructive. Gaze Upon Jesus calls us to learn to live life in this world in a way which can lead us safely home to God in the footsteps of Mary.”
Sr. Ann Shields, S.G.L.
Renewal Ministries speaker, author, and host of Food for the Journey
“A viable way to enhance our contemplative prayer.”
“Using icons and other sacred images has always been a viable way to enhance our contemplative prayer. This book not only allows the reader to gaze upon Jesus through some beautiful visio divina but it also allows this gaze to be enhanced by a women’s perspective. Enjoy!”
Rev. Kevin Lixey, L.C.
International Director of Patron of the Arts at the Vatican Museums