doesn’t start at the back of the book but I was intrigued by the
prayers at the end especially the Memorare. I think that
the translation that the author, Fr. Cameli, has chosen supports
both the gentleness and strength that Mother Mary calls us to.
Other translations use the word ‘despise’ in place of inspired.
First of all, I like being inspired and it is an important part
of most people’s lives. Secondly, this is so in keeping with our
basic perceptions of Mother Mary. The book entitled “Mary’s
Journey” is just that a celebration of how Mother Mary conducted
The author divides
the book into three units. The first unit deals with her life
on earth both the blessings and the sufferings. At the
Magnificat we see Mary humble but so willing and thankful
for God’s belief in her. Her consistent openness to God and what
He calls her to do is evident in every single moment of her life
as recorded for us in the Bible. As Christ grew in age and grace
so did Mary’s understanding of who He was change. She began to
realize what He was called to be and do. As a Mother of three
sons, I can identify with the statement from Luke where he says:
“she treasured all things in her heart.” From His preaching in
the temple to the most simple of all tasks including assisting
her cousin Elizabeth, Mary showed caring concern. Unfortunately,
I can identify with the cruelty also as a son was beaten so that
his eye sockets and jaw were severely broken. Mary’s son was
severely and cruelly beaten and crucified and yet there she was
standing beside Him in strength and grace.
In the second
unit, Fr. Cameli offers us the Church’s journey of faith with
Mary. Using one’s spiritual imagination, one sees Jesus being
the kind and loving Son of a Mother full of grace and strength.
He offers His love to her and she continually accepts. As a
pilgrim on our faith journey we turn to Mary for guidance and
protection. We long for that loving acceptance Mary and Jesus
had for each other. Fr. Cameli gives us the Marian doctrines to
contemplate in a way that draws us closer to Mary and her Son.
She contributed to His humanness and gave example of how to
carry this out. Her uniqueness in carrying out what God wanted
of her gives us hope to carry out our own unique plan that God
has in store for us.
In the third part of the book, Fr. Cameli offers us the seven
feasts and solemnities of Mary. He describes and explains them
in a way that make sense for most Church goers. He helps us to
understand the difference between the Immaculate Conception and
the Annunciation while helping us to deepen our relationship
with her. Each of the feasts inspire us as her child to look to
her in times of sorrow and temptation and to abide by her
words:”Do what He asks you to do.” Once the believer takes this
seriously life seems so Mary and Christ centered. Fr. Cameli
leaves us with this hope”… that you, the reader, will return to
your own image of Mary, the Mother of God, and find her more
alive and present to you than ever before "