Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Catholic Mom's Cafe: My recent adventures at the EWTN network to film C...: For some time now I have been creating and preparing a five part television series for EWTN called "Catholic Mom's...
I recently had the pleasure of speaking with author and speaker Marge Fenelon about her newest book, Imitating Mary: Ten Marian Virtues for the Modern Mom.
I endorsed her beautiful book and this is what I had to say:
“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!”
Marge, would you share with us the inspiration behind writing this book?
I've been very close to the Blessed Virgin Mary since childhood. I was raised in the spirituality of the Apostolic Movement of Schoenstatt, a Catholic lay movement of renewal with a marked Marian charism. From the movement's founder, Fr. Joseph Kentenich, I assimilated an understanding of Mary as a real Mother with an active interest in even the tiniest details about me and my life. When I studied for my Certificate in Marian Studies from the International Marian Research Institute at the University of Dayton, I learned a fascinating method of studying Mary that instilled in me an insatiable hunger to find out everything possible about her. Mary's been a special help to me as an example for my own motherhood, since I didn't have quite that experience from my birth mother growing up. She's always been there for me, and I'd like others to know that she's always there for them, too.
What are your hopes for this book?
What I hope - what I pray for - is that Imitating Mary becomes a valuable tool and inspiration for women who either haven't had a positive mothering experience, underestimate the fine job they're
already doing as mothers, are uncertain of their ability to be wonderful moms, are simply feeling defeated and washed out, and those who want to develop a genuine relationship with Mary as Mother. I hope even guys - particularly those married to, or working with, women in a counseling/pastoring relationship - will read this book in order to help them understand more about Mary and her Motherhood. The gentlemen who have reviewed the manuscript have benefitted from it.
Why is important for a Catholic to develop a relationship with the
The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches that Mary is our mother "in the order of grace," meaning that, when she said "yes" to becoming our Lord's mother, she also said "yes" to becoming our mother. At the moment Mary conceived Jesus in her womb, she gave birth to us spiritually, and she's never reneged on that responsibility, nor will she ever.
Additionally, Mary plays an essential role in God's plan of salvation. Her consent allowed the Son of God to become incarnate and subsequently redeem us. That was just the first step. She has and
always will remain by Christ's side as Helpmate, Mediatrix, Benefactress, and Co-Redemptrix. In her perfect discipleship and privileged position among mankind, she is the model for the Church, which includes all of us. That's why people often refer to the Catholic Church as Holy Mother Church.
To put it simply: We need her because she is our Mother and will go to any length to help secure our salvation, if only we open our hearts and allow her to enter in.
When did you begin praying to Mary?
All growing up, there was a picture of the Blessed Mother hanging in our living room, which is now the one we have hanging in the Fenelon Clan prayer corner. That planted the seed of interest in Mary at a fairly young age. I'm the product of a Catholic grade school, so the formal prayers to Mary began in first grade and continued from there. Each phase of my life - high school, college, wife, mother, and author - gave my prayers a new dimension.
Where can we get your book?
You can get personally inscribed copies from my website at www.margefenelon.com. Or, you can check out your local Catholic bookstore. You also can order online at Ave Maria Press, Barnes & Noble, or Amazon.
Thanks so much, Marge. I pray that your book will inspire countless hearts to come closer to Mary and because they do, come closer to Jesus too.
Sunday, April 28, 2013
Friday, April 26, 2013
What does this picture mean? Well, it's an image on my producer's computer at the EWTN network. What is the significance? Tomorrow (Saturday) three of my newest segments of "Everyday Blessings for Catholic Moms" will air! The titles and times are: A Mother’s Presence @ 7:55 AM Eastern time & at 4:53 PM eastern time. "Gift Of A Child" @ 2:55 PM eastern time and "Women Can Change History" @ 7:54 PM eastern time. Remember these are just 4 to 5 minute shows. These aren't the half hour shows I just filmed in my new "Catholic Mom's Cafe" series. You won't see the titles of these "Everyday Blessings for Catholic Moms" shows in the guide because EWTN fits these little shows between other shows.I hope you might be able to catch these shows tomorrow (Saturday).
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Catholic Mom's Cafe: Third stop along my blog tour!: From Kathy Schiffer: The Catholic Mom’s Lament: “There’s No Time to Pray!” My story is every mother’s story: My children are grown...
Sunday, April 14, 2013
Catholic Mom's Cafe: Announcing my fifth guest on Catholic Mom's Cafe!: I am so happy to tell you about my fifth guest on Catholic Mom's Cafe -- Karen Edmisten! Karen Edmisten is a former atheist who ...
Catholic Mom's Cafe: Radio segment about Catholic Mom's Cafe!: Here's a radio segment all about Catholic Moms's Cafe. I'm chatting with my dear friend Teresa Tomeo on Catholic Connection: h...
Catholic Mom's Cafe: Radio segment about my work and ministry: Here's a recent segment on Dina Marie Hale's radio show in which we chatted about evangelization, our faith, using the media, also ...
Friday, April 12, 2013
Peace Garden Mama: faith & family fridays: confirmation in a little r...: Next spring, our youngest of five will be Confirmed in the Church! With First Eucharist happening the same day, we'll have nudged all ...
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Catholic Mom's Cafe: My Fourth Guest on Catholic Mom's Cafe!: I am very happy to announce my fourth guest on Catholic Mom's Cafe - Lisa Hendey! Lisa Hendey is the Founder and Editor of CatholicMo...
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Catholic Mom's Cafe: My third guest on Catholic Mom's Cafe!: I am very happy to introduce my third guest Lisa Mladinich. Lisa will be my guest on the segment "The Skinny on Catholic Fashion."...
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Catholic Mom's Cafe: My second guest on the upcoming Catholic Mom's Caf...: I'm so happy to introduce Woodeene Koenig-Bricker to you. Woodeene will be my guest on my segment "Going it Alone." Woodeen...
Monday, April 8, 2013
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Daily Donna-Marie: A Dose of Inspiration: Interview with Author of "Under the Mantle: Marian...: I'm honored to interview Father Donald Calloway MIC about his newest book, Under the Mantle : Marian Thoughts from a 21 st Cent...
OSV Daily Take Blog: EWTN anchors recall covering the conclave: By Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle I recently chatted with three EWTN news anchors who covered last month's papal conclave: Joan Lewis,...