Oh, Dearest Mother, Sweetest Virgin of Altagracia, our Patroness. You are our Advocate and to you we recommend our needs. You are our Teacher and like disciples we come to learn from the example of your holy life. You are our Mother, and like children, we come to offer you all of the love of our hearts. Receive, dearest Mother, our offerings and listen attentively to our supplications. Amen.

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Posted: May 16 2008 at 1:49pm | IP Logged Quote JennGM

I just pulled out this old book I had on the shelf and read it for the first time to my son. I don't remember when I first bought this, but I've been saving it to read to my child when it was May -- and that was before I even had a husband. Now I'm thrilled that I finally read it. It's called Our Lady Goes A-Maying by Mother Mary Paula Williamson, copyright 1944, printed by St. Anthony Guild Press.

My son enjoyed it, and it's the perfect book to read for May (particularly before May 1st, but that's okay).

I thought it would be more of a chapter book, but we ended up reading it in one sitting. I thought I would check to see how available out of print copies were when I discovered that Little Flowers Family Apostolate has reprinted the book. It is also available from All Catholic Books, but a long shipping time.

I recommend this book. It just is perfect for thinking of Our Lady, and it just beautifully weaves in daily Catholic living (daily Mass, visits to the Blessed Sacrament, daily rosary, love of Our Lady) so seamlessly. Even my lately-very-wiggly-4 1/2 boy enjoyed it.

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The Preface for Grown-Ups

In one of London's Catholic churches is an ancient statues of our Lady known as the "Black Madonna." Some years ago it was enriched with an elegant sceptre of carved wood. This story hints how the sceptre might have come to be where it is. A venerated Madonna of South America is poetically reputed to go forth on the eve of Mayday, to walk in the fields and wooded ways -- dew, and thistledown, and similar traces being noticeable the next morning on her robes. Now our Lady is our Lady everywhere; as truly as she blessed the South American countryside, her benign presence can be felt in an English lane. Nor, I think, does the devout imagination err in adopting the lovely legend as a symbol and picture of the lovelier truth.

Jennifer G. Miller
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Posted: May 16 2008 at 2:53pm | IP Logged Quote NavyMom

This sounds lovely! Thanks for the reccomendation.


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Posted: May 30 2008 at 7:22pm | IP Logged Quote donnalynn

I just received this in the mail this week. Thanks so much for pointing it out, Jenn!

It is charming - I read it myself and will tuck it away for next year to share with my children - I feel a Marionette puppet show beginning to take form!

The copy from Little Flowers is a bit odd though - something about the top margin is a bit off - it's not large enough and bit crooked. But I am more than willing to overlook this little thing.

I think it is a little over priced but I think that just comes from being republished by a small family press - I always try to keep that in mind.

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