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American Madonna: Crossing Borders with the Virgin Mary Paperback – September 30, 2010
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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.
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.Read more ›