Drawing on a lifetime of biblical study and work as a retreat director, Rea McDonnell re-introduces us to Mary by teaching us to appreciate anew the spiritual truths found in her scriptural stories. Using Ignatian meditation, McDonnell invites readers to prayerfully ponder Marian passages from scripture and ancient tradition, helping them use their imaginations to meet Mary again for the first time. This mature and challenging vision of Mary will help cultivate love for her and nudge us toward authentic spiritual growth.
Rea McDonnell, S.S.N.D., holds a doctor of philosophy in biblical studies. She trained as a pastoral counselor at the Institute for Pastoral Psychology and for more than thirty years has used a pastoral approach to scripture in preparing adults for priestly and lay ministry. In addition to working as an adjunct faculty member and leading workshops and retreats, she has authored or coauthored thirteen books. McDonnell resides in Maryland where she ministers as a spiritual director.
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