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In time, however, their happy life in Nazareth must come to an end and Jesus must go out to spread message he was born to speak. In these days, Mary speaks with maternal concern for her son: "I worry that he does not get enough rest. I hope that he has some time alone, for he always needed to get away by himself and pray." Mary also must face loss of her husband: "The Lord has taken my dear Joseph home. I did not know it was possible to miss someone this much!" Finally, she shares her pain at crucifixion: "I remembered that years ago old Simeon had said a sword would pierce my heart. Believe me, Rebekah, it has," as well as her joy at Resurrection: "My soul is singing praises to Lord!"
One knows how story will turn out, and yet, Techler has managed to make it suspenseful. I found myself wanting to see what would happen next, eager to read next letter in collection. This is a wonderful volume, perfect for meditating on life of Mary.
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Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur is editor of The Spiritual Woman Newsletter (http://www.spiritualwoman.net) and author of Letters to Mary from a Young Mother (iUniverse, 2004). She has a Master of Arts Degree in Applied Theology from Elms College
Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur is editor of "The Spiritual Woman Newsletter" (http://www.spiritualwoman.net) and author of "Letters to Mary from a Young Mother" (iUniverse, 2004). She has a Master of Arts Degree in Applied Theology from Elms College