Following Mary to Jesus: Our Lady as Mother, Teacher, and Advocate

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In his trademark warm and friendly style, popular speaker and author Fr. Andrew Apostoli shows us the important roles that Mary plays in the lives of Christian disciples. Fr. Apostoli focuses on three specific ways Mary leads us to Jesus--as mother, teacher, and advocate:
• In her motherly role, she gave life to Jesus and gives life to us, her spiritual children.
• In her teaching role, she shows us how to trust in God’s providential working in our own lives, just as she trusted in God when she completely abandoned herself to his will in her own life.
• In her role as advocate, she has compassion on all her children as she intercedes for us.
Apostoli uses numerous anecdotes and stories to engage his readers as he helps Catholics gain a deeper appreciation of Mary’s active and loving presence in their lives.
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 Andrew Apostoli, CFR, a member of the community of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, has been active in teaching, preaching retreats and parish missions, and in giving spiritual direction. The author of seven books, Fr. Andrew has produced a number of TV series for the EWTN network. Many of his talks are available as DVDs or audio tapes. He is currently serving as a Vice-Postulator for the Cause of Canonization for Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen.

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The Word Among Us Press
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Published on
Jul 21, 2011
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Pages
120
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ISBN
9781593254315
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Language
English
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Genres
Religion / Christianity / Catholic
Religion / Christianity / Saints & Sainthood
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