Who was Mary, the mother of Jesus, and what should her significance be today? "Mary was not omnipotent, she was a normal woman: full of grace," posits Pope Francis here, "The power is that grace of the Holy Spirit." Exploring and unpacking the Ave Maria prayer line by line, Francis celebrates women and all they do as leaders, friends, sisters, and mothers. Teaming up again with theologian Marco Pozza, Francis illuminates Mary's simple yet profound nature and how her example challenges all of us to lead lives of faith, hope, and perseverance. Ultimately, Francis suggests, Mary is an icon not just for the religious but for all who look to grow more deeply in their purpose in life.
Ave Maria: The Mystery of a Most Beloved Prayer
Author: Pope Francis & Marco Pozza.