Book Review: Behold Your Mother
Saxton enchants us with three charming stories of how she “discovered” the Blessed Virgin Mary in her life and came to rely on Mary for protection and strength. As I read the stories, I was fascinated with these refreshing testimonies of the simple, yet powerful ways, the Blessed Mother gently acted as a channel of grace in her life, drawing her near to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
In her poetic and gentle style, Saxton graciously lifts us up in hope to a beauty that is beyond this world, which many are searching for, contained in the heart of our Mother.
Here is one of my favorite meditations based on Acts 2: 1 – 4, RSV: “When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly a sound came from heaven like the rush of a mighty wind … there appeared to them tongues of fire…”
I smiled as I felt the familiar stir of the spirit,
From gentle breeze to rushing roar! Filling me,
Overwhelming me completely, just as before,
As the angel has said, he came upon me, filling me with the miracle of life without end.
Oh, come though mighty God of the universe, fill me again!
Laughing for joy, I saw the others embrace him.
Tongues of fire burned away each impurity,
Saturating souls with profound gifts of mystery,
And bringing to bear the good news for us all.
“What can it mean?” “Who are these men?”
The unbridled power of God’s own Spirit
Poured forth once again.
Sanctuary of the Holy Spirit:
To some the Holy Spirit comes like a wildfire; to others like a gentle rain, bringing to life rich spiritual fruit that nourishes everyone who comes near. Pray for us, that our hearts would remain open to the Holy Spirit, allowing Him to accomplish in us everything God desires. Amen.
Behold Your Mother will certainly make a special Mother’s Day gift for moms of all faiths, for new converts, and for those who already have a close relationship with Mary. While a short read (only 75 pages), it is full of meaning.
To read an author interview with Heidi Hess Saxton about Behold Your Mother: Mary Stories and Reflections from a Catholic Convert, go here.
If you’re interested in obtaining a copy of this book, go here.