Once upon a time, I wanted to know what young adult women thought about Mary. (Mary as in Mother-of-God Mary.) So I wrote an article about it.
Then, with the encouragement of an editor (who is herself named Mary!), I wrote a whole book about it.
The process of writing it was eye-opening. I talked to women from their twenties to their nineties, and heard their stories about who Mary is to them. Those stories were poignant, affirming, at times raw, but always moving. I came away with a deeper understanding of how much this young girl of Galilee keeps on inspiring women, even two thousand years later. The whole experience proved that there’s so much power when women share their experiences of faith.
And since today is the day when Catholics have traditionally celebrated Mary’s birthday, it seemed like a terrific time to keep the sharing going. So in honor of the day, I’m giving away a copy of Mary and Me: Catholic Women Reflect on the Mother of God to a lucky recipient!
How do you enter? All you need to do is leave a comment in the comment section below. You don’t even have to say anything deep or clever (seriously, who can pull off deep or clever on a Monday?). A simple “I’d love to enter!” is all it takes. Entries will remain open until Friday, September 12th, then I’ll randomly choose a winner.
So please add a comment, tell a friend, and –while you’re at it — spend a minute or two reflecting on your own experiences of Mary. Maybe you could send her a little “Happy Birthday” while you’re at it. (It would probably make her son very happy, don’t you think?)