October 29, 2010

Through the Year with Mary: 365 Reflections

By Br. Benet S. Exton *

By Br. Benet S. Exton *

Edmisten, Karen. Cincinnati, Ohio : Servant Books, 2010.  133 pages.  Paperback.  ISBN 978-0-86716-937-9. $12.99.

There have been several books offering one minute meditations published over the years, but this one is one of  the best.

In her introduction she writes why she wrote this book: to help Catholics and non-Catholics to get to know Mary better.  Mary will lead a person to her Son, Jesus.

"Through the Year with Mary: 365 Reflections" is devoted to Mary, the Mother of God, and Edmisten has done a great job of collecting reflections from various authors from many different times and places. These authors include such holy people as Bl. John Henry Newman, Venerable John Paul II, Bl. Teresa of Calcutta, St. Teresa, St. Bonaventure and many more!

She has also gathered sayings from other notable persons like G.K. Chesterton, Mark Shea, Paul Elie, Thomas Merton, and many others both living and deceased and compiled a one sentence quote or short prayer from the with a brief reflection written by Karen Edmisten for each day of the year.

The author provides endnotes whereby the reader can look up more material to read and ponder on if they are interested.

The only thing that could make this book better is if Edmisten had provided one more reflection for February 29 since it shows up every four years. I wouldn't mind the extra reflection from this author!

These reflections are worth reading, and you may want to check out her other work too. She is the author of "The Rosary: Keeping Company with Jesus and Mary," and she has written for various Catholic magazines and writes for her own blog. You can find her online at www.karenedmisten.com.  

This book is highly recommended to those looking for a quick daily Marian reflection for each day of the year. 

Br. Benet Exton, O.S.B., St. Gregory's University, Shawnee, Oklahoma.

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