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Holy Families: Shadows of the Trinity

Author(s): Megan Mckenna

ISBN13: 9781847308054

ISBN10: 1847308058

Publisher: Veritas Publications (16th January 2018 )

Extent: Paperback

Binding: 192 pp

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  • 'The triune God is a communion of love, and the family is its living reflection.’

    These words, taken from Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love), have inspired celebrated theologian Megan McKenna to explore how and why families are the living embodiment of Christian values and teachings. In Holy Families: Shadows of the Trinity, readers are invited to view the key scriptural accounts of the Holy Family as providing a model and template for families today. 

    By focusing on the inevitable triumphs and travails that are part and parcel of marriage and child-rearing, the author teases out the very real links between the challenges experienced by Joseph, Jesus and Mary, and those facing families in the contemporary world. Reflecting on key Gospel events – the Annunciation and Visitation, the Presentation, and the Resurrection among them – this book explores how fathers, children and mothers are shadows of the image of God the Father, the Child and the Spirit in the Trinity and are the very presence of God in the community and the world.



    Megan McKenna is an internationally recognised theologian, storyteller and bestselling author with a particular interest in exploring the transformative power of scripture, folk tales and poetry. She teaches at several colleges and universities and gives retreats, workshops and parish missions. She has written more than forty-five books, including: Harm Not the Earth; This Will be Remembered of Her: Stories of Women Reshaping the World; LISTEN HERE! The Art and Spirituality of Listening; Prophets: Words of Fire and Like a Hammer Shattering Rock: Reading the Scriptures Today.

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  • Megan Mckenna


    Megan McKenna, a native of New York City has lived, visited and gypsied through North and South America (especially Bolivia/Peru), Europe and a collection of islands: Celtic, Japanese, the Philippines, Singapore, Haiti and the Hawaiian Islands and through Malaysia, India, Marshall Islands, Thailand, Australia and China.


    She works with Indigenous groups, in base Christian Communities and with justice and peace groups as well as parishes, dioceses and religious communities. She has been on the United States National Board of Pax Christi and in 2002 was appointed an Ambassador of Peace for Pax Christi.An internationally known author, theologian, storyteller and lecturer, she teaches at several colleges and universities and does retreats, workshops and parish missions.


    She has graduate degrees in Scripture, Adult Education and Literacy from the Graduate Theological Union and the University of California, Berkeley, and a Masters in Systematic Theology from Catholic University, Washington, DC But foremost she is a lover of words: the Scriptures, stories and tales, poetry, images and phrases spoken aloud, written down and spun to make meaning and how these both convert and transform us and bring meaning and hope to the world.


    She has authored more than thirty books, including And Morning Came: Scriptures of the Resurrection, Praying the Rosary, Send My Roots Rain, The New Stations of the Cross, On Your Mark: Reading Mark in the Shadow of the Cross, and the recently released, Harm Not The Earth. She resides in Albuquerq.

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