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Modeling Mary in Christian Discipleship [Paperback]

By John Burns (Author)
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Pages   100
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.46" Width: 5.62" Height: 0.28"
Weight:   0.38 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 23, 2007
Publisher   JUDSON PRESS #575
ISBN  0817015140  
EAN  9780817015145  

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Thinking about discipleship in terms of steps, stages, phases, or levels
makes many Christians uncomfortable. After all, how many of us want
to take a critical look at ourselves and our journey of spiritual
development, only to find we?re not at the level we think we should
be?or worse yet, we?ve regressed! Maybe we can?t even identify the
stage we?re in.
Author and pastor John Burns has always had an aversion to
descriptions of discipleship which involve gradations of achievement.
He?s concerned about the many best-selling books on the subject that
indicate that there are steps for disciples to follow which take us in a
straight line from baptism to sainthood with ascending progress up the
rungs of discipleship.
For Burns, comfort was found in the Bible where,
when looking at the examples of Jesus? followers, he
discovered that he couldn?t find uninterrupted linear
progress in their lives either. The surprise came
when he discovered the disciple he was most drawn
to was Mary, the mother of Jesus.
Addresses the questions:
? How does spiritual maturity look when we
take a dynamic, artistic approach versus a
linear, measured approach?
? How can Mary?s life provide illumination
for our own growth in discipleship?
? What does it mean for us to answer God?s
call rather than stick to our own agenda?
Offers readers:
? Spiritual meditations built on ten passages from the Gospels which focus on the spiritual
development of Mary
? A look at pondering, suffering, and refocusing in our journey of spiritual development
? An understanding of the role grace plays in our becoming disciples of Christ
? Questions for reflection and small group study

Publishers Description
John Burns offers spiritual meditations built on ten passages from the Gospels which focus on the spiritual development of Mary; a look at pondering, suffering, and refocusing in our journey of spiritual development; an understanding of the role grace plays in our becoming disciples of Christ and questions for reflection and small group study.

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Rev. John Burns is pastor of St. Mary's Parish in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin. A 2003 graduate of the University of Notre Dame, Fr. Burns studied theology at the Pontifical North American College in Rome. He was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee in 2010 and completed a licentiate in moral theology from the Pontifical University of Santa Croce in 2011.

Fr. Burns is a speaker at Franciscan University of Steubenville's annual conferences, archdiocesan engaged enrichment conferences, and Theology on Tap. He works in multiple capacities with both the Men of Christ and Women of Christ annual conferences, and contributes to the young adult renewal ministries of ARISE and Cor Jesu. He also serves as adjunct professor of moral theology at Sacred Heart School of Theology in Hales Corners, Wisconsin.

Fr. Burns is a regular guest on Relevant Radio's The Inner Life. He works extensively with Mother Teresa's sisters, the Missionaries of Charity, and has given retreats, conferences, and spiritual direction for the sisters in Romania, Armenia, Kenya, Italy, England, Spain, Portugal, and the United States.

John Burns currently resides in Hyattsville Hyattsville.

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Profound Lessons From a Gifted Writer  Nov 6, 2007
This book is so captivating I couldn't put it down. I loved John Burns' personal stories and simply took delight in his creative and colorful use of language throughout the book. Until now, I had never given the life of Mary any thought. The lessons Burns present are quite profound. I love sitting in solitude doing nothing but thinking. I will be reflecting on Mary's journey for quite a while.

I am certain the book is getting this type of feed back already. However, my comments may seem surprising once it is understood I do not take the virgin birth story nor the resurrection of Jesus literally. I consider them both to be legendary stories attached to Jesus decades after his death. I question everything, e.g., do we really know the true identify of any of the authors of the gospels or of the beloved disciple?

Nevertheless, I found the lessons this book offers to be quite relevant. In my mind I simply substituted God for Jesus and understood the Mary/Jesus stories as symbolic. From there everything fell in place. I believe Jesus was a profound spiritual and master teacher who also experienced life's ups and downs. Perhaps the same can be said of John Burns!

An Excellent Read!  Sep 29, 2007
This is a beautifully written gem with many facets: biblical and theological insight, pastoral sensitivity, wonderful humor, and stories with warmth and depth. Professionally, I intend to recommend Modeling Mary to all my pastoral colleagues, Protestant and Catholic alike, as a great Advent resource. Personally, I was reminded that God's grace both precedes and exceeds my perfectionistic tendencies, that spiritual growth involves many twists and turns that surprise, frustrate and liberate my more "linear" expectations. Containing some very helpful discussion questions, Modeling Mary may be read as a devotional guide or used for a group study. Shining throughout this book is a remarkable and wondrous sense of God's grace that permeates, informs and transforms all things human. I cannot wait to read Rev. Burns' next book!
Great Help !  Sep 10, 2007
I recently ordered this book as a tool for our faith community in Bible Study. It is an excellent guide for reaching a higher level of discipleship. John Burns is a very skillful writer and we can not wait to have more of his fine works. The questions at the end are not only helpful but very thought provoking. His interpretation of the biblical text is great ! Rev Jean Robinson- Casey

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