Feasts of Our Lady

Talks on Fifty Feasts of Mary Throughout the Year with Two Talks for Mother's Day

Msgr. Arthur Tonne

 

Behold a feeble tribute to Our Blessed Mother, an effort to acquaint our people with some of her beauties and graces, her privileges and powers.

 

With these introductory words, Fr. Arthur Tonne begins this wonderful book devoted to an explanation of the Marian feast days featured in the traditional Roman Missal and observed by some religious congregations or ecclesiastical regions.

 

Originally published in 1951 as a homiletic aide for priests, this book features 50 feasts of our Lady and 2 additional ones for Mother’s Day (see the image gallery for the Table of Contents).

 

Each chapter devoted to a feast of our Lady is written in Fr. Tonne’s engaging style of employing a short story to drive home a spiritual point (open the image gallery to read about the August 2 feast of Our Lady of the Angels).

 

Fr. Tonne declares:

 

When we realize how good Mary has been to us and to the world, when we realize that she is a merciful, powerful and effective Advocate at the throne of God, we will pledge anew our loyalty to her.

 

This can be accomplished by understanding and celebrating her feast days.

 

162 pages, perfect-bound softcover. $13.50

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A Tonne of Knowledge: Feasts of Our Lady and Sacramental: "Until just recently, I had no idea who Fr Arthur Tonne was..." (read more) Joe Sales (blogger, Stumbling from Sin to Sainthood)

*****

Such a lovely book on the various Feast Days of the Blessed Virgin Mary. A perfect blend of interesting historical fact with scriptural references, drawing the reader to ponder further on the virtues of our Heavenly Mother revealed through the devotions pertaining to each chapter. Each chapter ends with a most meaningful and pertinent prayer. Both young and old will appreciate this book. Ellie Christie (author of Catholic children's books)

*****

One of the characteristics of a Catholic devotional life (whether in the East or the West) is a profound love and veneration for the Mother of God. An honest look at the history of the Church shows that Christians have always viewed Mary as having a special role in their lives. Of course, this Marian devotion in the personal lives of Catholics either wanes or increases according to their knowledge hence the importance of the present work by Msgr. Arthur Tonne.

 

As a Franciscan he writes in a simple, yet engaging style that brings out some wonderful aspects of Our Lady’s life through a look at the feasts of Our Lady found in the Church’s Liturgical Calendar. Some of the feasts are well-known while others are to be found in regional areas which have developed particular devotions because of unique historical circumstances. Msgr. Tonne not only relates the history behind these feasts but usually connects them with a personal story and he always shows how such a feast can help us grow as Catholics in the spiritual life.

 

I heartily recommend this book by Romanitas Press—a book which will inflame in us a stronger love for Our Lady, whom we call in the Litany of Loreto, Auxilium Christianorum. May she help us indeed! Alex Barbas (owner of Arouca Press)

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