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Deirdre Cornell and her husband Kenney, together with their five children, lived in Mexico for three years as Maryknoll lay missioners. They previously worked with migrant workers in Newburgh, N.Y. Deidre wrote about that life-changing experience in her highly praised first book A Priceless View. The family now resides in Highland, N.Y and continues to serve.
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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Orbis Books (September 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570758719
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570758713
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,830,520 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Three Mexican images of Mary form the backbone of this book, written by the daughter of an acquaintance. She combines faith reflection, history, anthropology, social analysis, popular religiosity, and theology in a moving account of the devotion of the Mexican people, especially in Oaxaca and among migrants in the US.

I especially appreciated the frequent reference to Marian prayers and hymns and the personal touch of her account of her experiences and those of her family, especially during the family's three and a half years in Oaxaca.

The writer does not flinch from personal reflections, including deep emotions, but this does not distract from the book but enhances it.
I wish I had run into this book earlier. It helps me understand better the Marian devotions I see around me here in rural western Honduras.
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In her first book, "A Priceless View," Grail member Deirdre Cornell returns to her childhood home, Newburgh, NY, to share the life of the burgeoning migrant community there. But by the last few pages, she knows that she will leave. And her prediction is fulfilled: in 2004, Deirdre and her husband Kenney and three children move to rural Oaxaca, Mexico, as Maryknoll lay missioners, to deepen their understanding of the migrant cultures surrounding them in upstate New York. In "American Madonna," Deirdre welcomes us into that experience.

At the heart of Deirdre's reflections is Mary, the Mother of God. Here in the US, what with women's liberation and the assimilation of white ethnic Catholics into the American middle class, devotion to the ostensibly sweet, passive Virgin Mary would seem a thing of the past. Yet as Deirdre observes, pilgrimages to sites of Marian apparitions around the world have mushroomed in the modern period, while the Madonna, bearing the marks of her various local inculturations, helps huge numbers of Latin American migrants in their journeys across the border to a new life in the North. Indeed, as Deirdre makes clear, the Virgin Mary is an ideal patroness for our globalized age, crossing borders during her lifetime between Israel and Egypt, and in her Assumption, between earth and heaven, even as she has accompanied travelers, missionaries and migrants across borders over the centuries.

Deirdre organizes "American Madonna" around three different manifestations of Mary: the Virgin of Solitude, the mourning Mother at the foot of the cross who watches over the capital of the southeastern Mexican province of Oaxaca; Our Lady of Guadalupe, whose apparition to St.
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An excellent story. i love this book.
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