Ave Maria: The Mystery of a Most Beloved Prayer

Ave Maria: The Mystery of a Most Beloved Prayer

by Pope Francis


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Pope Francis celebrates women in the Church and the world, seen through the lens of Mary, the mother of Jesus, in this enlightening new work.

“Mary was not omnipotent, she was a normal woman: full of grace, but normal. The power is that grace of the Holy Spirit. Mary is full of the Holy Spirit, who accompanies her for her entire life.”—Pope Francis
In Ave Maria, Pope Francis explores and unpacks line by line the meaning of the Ave Maria prayer, while celebrating women and all they do as leaders, friends, sisters, and mothers. Teaming up again with theologian Marco Pozza, Francis illuminates Mary’s simple and complex nature and how her example challenges all of us to lead lives of faith, hope, and perseverance. In the end, she is an icon not just for the religious but for all who look to grow more deeply in their purpose in life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781984826503
Publisher: The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/05/2019
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 195,379
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

POPE FRANCIS is the first Latin American to be elected to the chair of Peter. Born Jorge Mario Bergoglio in Buenos Aires, Argentina, he was ordained as a priest in 1969. He served as head of the Society of Jesus in Argentina from 1973 to 1979. In 1998 he became the archbishop of Buenos Aires, and in 2001 a cardinal. Following the resignation of his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, on February 28, 2013, the conclave elected Bergoglio, who chose the papal name Francis in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi.

Table of Contents

A Note To Readers 7

Introduction: Pure Hope 9

Part I

Hail, Mary, Full of Grace 19

The Beauty of a Woman in Whom God Dwells 25

The Lord Is with You 31

Faith: Fidelity and Trust 37

Blessed Are You Among Women 45

The Smile of Feeling Like Part of the People 49

And Blessed Is the Fruit of Your Womb, Jesus 55

The Maternal Tenderness of God 63

Holy Mary 69

Act of Veneration of the Immaculate in Piazza di Spagna 75

Mother of God 81

The Lord Became Incarnate in Mary 89

Pray for Us Sinners 97

Undoing Knots 101

Now and at the Hour of Our Death 107

Mother of Hope 115

Magnificat 119

The Joy of Faith 133

Part II

A Mother Among Wolves Marco Pozza 139

Sources 157

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