Praying the Rosary  -     By: Megan McKenna
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Praying the Rosary

Random House / 2004 / Hardcover

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Internationally acclaimed author Megan McKenna gives a five-hundred-year-old Catholic tradition enriched modern relevance in the only up-to-date guide to praying the Rosary, designed for general readers and incorporating the recent additions made by Pope John Paul II.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 128
Vendor: Random House
Publication Date: 2004
Dimensions: 7.50 X 5.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0385510829
ISBN-13: 9780385510820
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Publisher's Description

The first trade guide to the revised Rosary is penned by one of the most popular Catholic writers of our time.

Author Bio

MEGAN McKENNA is an internationally known author, lecturer, retreat leader, and spiritual director. She received her doctorate from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, and has taught in Dublin, Ireland, Chicago, San Francisco, and Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she currently lives. She is the author of more than fifteen books, including Send My Roots Rain and The New Stations of the Cross, both published by Doubleday.

Library Journal

The author of numerous books, such as The New Stations of the Cross, McKenna here presents a clean, devout exposition of the meaning of the traditional ritual of the prayers of the rosary, carefully brought into line with Pope John Paul II's most recent thinking on the matter. According to His Holiness, the rosary represents the faithful's "commitment to the contemplation of the Christian mystery" and is a "compendium of the Gospel." McKenna, after a touching introduction that addresses the role and nature of Mary, discusses each aspect of the rosary, mystery by mystery, and shows how it reflects and illuminates points of the Gospel stories. For collections with a significant Catholic readership. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Publisher's Weekly

In the midst of a revival of interest in the rosary, McKenna, a retreat leader and author of The New Stations of the Cross, weighs in with a fresh look at the traditional Catholic devotion that honors the mother of Christ. Anyone who expects a primer may need to search out a more basic guide, as this book assumes a fundamental understanding of the rosary. Although McKenna offers historical perspective and some instruction in how to pray the rosary, what she has to say will be most appreciated by existing practitioners and those seeking a more profound understanding of Mary. Finding little about the mother of Jesus in the Christian gospels, McKenna takes the few details that are known and develops them. She draws upon such sources as a Native American story in which Mary emerges as a believer, disciple, healer and "one who prays and listens to the community and who reflects upon the Word." At the heart of McKenna's book, however, are her thoughtful reflections on each set of the Rosary's "mysteries," including the "luminous mysteries" recently introduced by Pope John Paul II. In expanding on these sets of themed biblical scenes meant to be used as meditations for each section of the Rosary, McKenna is in her element, leading readers and those who will use this book to pray the rosary deeper into each scriptural passage. (April 6) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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