In an age of much mothering advice but few admirable role models, award-winning Catholic journalist Marge Fenelon delves into ten instances—and corresponding virtues—of Mary’s life that reveal her as the ultimate example and companion for the modern mom.
In this first and only book to offer Mary’s life as a template for living as a faithful Catholic mother today, the Mother of God is presented as the ideal guide for the vocation of Catholic motherhood. A new addition to the CatholicMom.com Book series, Imitating Mary: Ten Marian Virtues for the Modern Mom unpacks Scripture and Catholic tradition to examine ten biblical climaxes, including Mary’s betrothal to Joseph, the Annunciation, the scene at the foot of the Cross, and Pentecost. In these scenes, Marge Fenelon introduces readers to a Mary who faced challenges familiar to every mother—impatience, frustration, sacrifice, and grief—and demonstrates how, in the face of these ordinary obstacles, Mary’s response was an extraordinary example through the virtues of patience, joy, trust, and faith.
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Marge Fenelon has been writing for Catholic and secular publications for nearly two decades. More than fifteen years ago, she decided to leave behind the secular business world in order to focus her talents and energies on serving the Church and Catholic media. She is a longtime contributor to a variety of Catholic and secular publications—including Our Sunday Visitor and National Catholic Register. Fenelon is also a contributor to Catholic Lane, Integrated Catholic Life, CatholicMom.com, and Catholic Exchange. Her column, “The Whirl,” appears in the Milwaukee Catholic Herald and has won favorable reviews from laity and clergy alike. She is the author of several books related to Marian devotion and Catholic family life.
Fenelon is a regular guest on EWTN’s Son Rise Morning Show and has appeared on many others, including Conversation with the Cardinal with Cardinal Dolan, Relevant Radio’s Morning Air, and Spirit Catholic Radio’s Inside the Pages. She is an enthusiastic speaker, and has invigorated audiences in a variety of venues. She holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communications from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a certificate in spiritual mentoring from Cardinal Stritch University. Fenelon also holds a certificate in Marian studies from the International Marian Research Institute and is a member of the Mariological Society of America. She lives in Milwaukee.
My relationship with my own mother has probably made it easier for me to fall in love with Mary, the mother of Jesus. That’s because I saw in Mom so many of the virtues of our Blessed Mother. In these pages, these Marian virtues will come to life for you, and before you know it, you will be letting Mary spiritually mother you.
- Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, Archbishop of New York
Lovely and relevant—Imitating Mary is food for the mother’s soul! Marge Fenelon unpacks Mary’s virtuous role in Scripture and Church tradition and brilliantly puts it in language that modern-day mothers can identify with and readily apply to their lives. Simply beautiful!
- Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle, Author of Rooted in Love
Imitating Mary is a book for mothers, but I, a man and a Jesuit priest, loved it. Through its personal stories, imaginative Gospel scenes, and reflection questions I came to better understand the vocation of motherhood and to enter more deeply into Mary’s heart.
- Rev. James Kubicki, S.J., Author of A Heart on Fire
So often we look to Mary as a prayerful companion but gloss over the very real fact that she was a mother who knew all the joys and struggles of raising a child. Marge Fenelon, in her beautiful book Imitating Mary, invites us to experience our moments of motherhood through the prism of our Blessed Mother’s life.
- Mary DeTurris Poust, Author of Cravings
Imitating Mary is THE Mary book moms of all stripes have been waiting for, though they might not have known it. Fenelon makes the Blessed Mother into a real person without subtracting any of her amazing qualities. You’ll want to read it, reread it, and share it with every mom you know.
- Sarah Reinhard, Author of A Catholic Mothers Companion to Pregnancy
We get so used to thinking of Mary as ‘Blessed Virgin’ or ‘Queen of Heaven’ or ‘Mother of God,’ we sometimes forget that she was also a real-live, flesh and blood mother of a real-live, flesh and blood child. In her latest book, Marge Fenelon vividly brings to life the Mary who had to tell Joseph she was pregnant, who faced scorn for being an unwed mother, who had to watch her son grow up, enter into his own life, and eventually die before her eyes. If you’ve ever had trouble relating to the Mary of icons and holy cards, Imitating Mary will give you insightful—and very practical—ways to allow Mary to help you become the best parent you can be.
- Woodeene Koenig-Bricker, Author of 365 Mary