Have you ever noticed the dust that can accumulate on church statues? In many parishes, the statue of Mary has to get a good dusting before the May crowning.
Mary’s statue isn’t the only thing that needs a good dusting: Our Marian theology could probably use a little updating this summer as well. The perfect book for reacquainting yourself with our heavenly mother is Christopher Padgett’s Wholly Mary. Chris gives us a picture of Mary from Scripture, Church teaching and traditions, the history of apparitions and more. His engaging style and unabashed love for the Blessed Virgin is simply contagious. With Wholly Mary as your summer read, you’ll return to the classroom with renewed excitement for that “Lovely Lady, dressed in blue.”
Take a walk with the saints
Who of us doesn’t wish to be more saintlike? Yet we all stumble repeatedly on our personal paths to sainthood. Too often we stumble and fall because the path seems unclear or we’re afraid to travel it alone.
When we look to the saints, we find that the path is well-traveled and that we are not alone. Father James Martin, S.J., shares some of his own spiritual journey with the saints in his best-selling memoir, My Life with the Saints. In it, he features 16 of his favorite saints in the order in which he encountered them along his life path.
Spend some time this summer learning about the saints through Father Jim’s experiences of them. Take this audiobook on vacation with you—or listen to it on your commute to and from work. You’re sure to find companions and guides for your own journey to sainthood.