17 Book Review

posted May 2, 2018, 11:34 PM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated May 2, 2018, 11:34 PM ]

She is my Mother
Pope Francis' Encounters with Mary

by Fr Alexandre Awi Mello, I.Sch.

The new kind of Pastor the Church Universal got itself on March 13, 2013 has amazed, surprised and enthralled the world like no Pope before him ever has! His impromptu comments, as much as his reflections and homilies, are eagerly awaited and delightedly devoured by people of all faiths. And if there is one subject that his pronouncements frequently touch upon, it is Mary. And why not! Pope Francis' love for 'Mama' Mary is phenomenal, and probably second only to Jesus' love for her. If in Jesus, Pope Francis feels called to a personal relationship with God, in Mary he encounters a woman whose faith is so intertwined with her motherhood that he feels adequately protected, comforted, nourished and cared for. That in a nutshell is SHE IS MY MOTHER – POPE FRANCIS' ENCOUNTERS WITH MARY for you. [St Pauls – ISBN 978-93-5015-302-4 / pp 256 / INR 250]

The contents of the book are culled from a series of interviews between Pope Francis and the author who was his secretary during World Youth Day 2013 in Rio de Janeiro. What comes through in Pope Francis' candid sharing of his experiences concerning Our Lady, starting from his childhood and upto his stint as Bishop of Rome and Chief Shepherd of the Universal Church is his childlike simplicity, which, in itself constitutes a source of Christian catechesis—catechesis that brings alive the value of Marian sanctuaries and popular piety, besides highlighting the place of women in the Church and throwing much light on several other topics relevant for our times.