In the search for Christian unity, one of the stumbling blocks for many non-Catholics is the veneration of the Virgin Mary. This devotion is often seen as a barrier to direct communication with Jesus. This little book helps explain that, far from being a barrier, loving Mary is a door-way to greater understanding of her Son.
It is written simply, in a down-to-earth style, explaining logically the Catholic understanding of Mary's role, and how this has developed. The personal experience of Pope Francis gives a sense of realism to what, it has to be said, is viewed by some as "superstition". Mary is shown as a real human being, but one who, by the grace of God, became a spiritual beacon, guiding us with the love of a human mother (a concept we can understand), to the love of God, which passes all understanding.
This is a helpful booklet for those wishing for a greater understanding of the Catholic faith. There are still sticking points, I am sure, for some brought up in a deeply-rooted Protestant culture, but an open mind will surely allow the core of its content to outweigh some of the elements of church ritual and doctrine that might grate, and allow the true meaning of a loving Mary to enter our hearts.
Informative, supportive, and comforting - and far from toothless in its message.