Sunday Snippets: A Catholic Carnival (October 27, 2013)

Sunday Snippets

Here are my posts for this week’s Sunday Snippets:

Weekly Goals

Book Review: Catholic Update Guide to Mary

The ‘Ultimate’ Christmas Planning Toolkit

Question of the week: Who is your favorite saint?

This is hard to answer, because I have a few! I would have to say the Blessed Mother, St. Joseph St. Martin de Porres, St. Josemaria Escriva,  and St. Jeanne Jugan are my top five. But, if I HAD to pick out of these five I would say St. Joseph. He always comes through for me when I need him and with my husband Michael on the road a lot, I know St. Joseph is watching over us. 🙂

Book Review: Catholic Update Guide to Mary


Update to Mary

Book Description:

“Drawing on the trusted and popular Catholic Update newsletter, the Catholic Update Guide to Mary looks at the life of Mary and why she is so important to our Catholic faith. You will explore the various images of Mary, and her particular feasts celebrated in the Church throughout the liturgical year.”

My comments:

This is the second Catholic Update book I have had the pleasure to read and review. It is a short, catechetical book that gives an overview of the life of Mary and her importance in the Catholic faith. The book also outlines the various feast days of Our Lady, why and how to pray the rosary and various other prayers to Mary. And like the other Catholic Update books, each chapter ends with questions for reflection to help the reader deepen his or her understanding of the reading.

In my opinion, the Catholic Update Guide to Mary is geared toward the beginner Catholic or to those new to the devotion of Our Lady. Those of us who are knowledgeable in the Catholic faith or already have a deep devotion to Our Lady will not find anything new in this book; however, having said that, it never hurts to be reminded of the basics of our faith. 🙂

This is especially true in regards to our mental image of Mary. Chapter one, The Historical Mary, reminds us that Mary wasn’t some lofty, “high in the sky” woman who spent her days in deep contemplation. She was a normal, Jewish woman of her time, who cooked, cleaned and did all the other things the women of her time did. With one exception, of course. She was conceived without sin and in all things remained united to God. The Catholic Update Guide reminds us that all of us can look to Mary as a model in our own relationship to the Lord.

I recommend this book and give it three (3) stars.


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