Virgin, Mother, Queen
Encountering Mary in Time and Tradition
by Robert Fastiggi and Michael O'Neill
Pub Date 22 Nov 2019
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Rich in history, scripture, and Church teaching, Virgin, Mother, Queen is a quintessential and visually rich resource for those who want to understand how the more well-known of Mary’s many titles and attributes correspond with approved Marian apparitions across the globe.
Renowned Marian expert Robert L. Fastiggi and Michael O’Neill, “the Miracle Hunter,” team up to uncover little-known details about ten of the traditional titles of Mary—including Virgin, Blessed Mother, and Queen—and her appearances around the world since the time of Christ.
The earliest of Mary’s apparitions can be traced back to the first century of the Church and have continued into modern times, inspiring the faithful to devotion to her and to a deeper love of Christ her son.
In Virgin, Mother, Queen, popular radio and television host Michael O’Neill gathers fascinating details from Mary’s mystical appearances around the world. Robert Fastiggi, professor of systemic theology at Sacred Heart Major Seminary, answers questions about the historical and theological development of Marian teachings throughout Church history.
The ten, Church-sanctioned apparitions and their corresponding titles of Mary are:
* Virgin: Our Lady of Guadalupe (Mexico, 1531)
* Mediatrix of Grace: Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal (Rue du Bac, France, 1830)
* Mother of Sorrows: Our Lady of La Salette (France, 1846)
* Immaculate, All-Holy: Our Lady of Lourdes (France, 1858)
* Advocate: Our Lady of Hope (Pontmain, France, 1871)
* Blessed: The Knock Apparition (Ireland, 1879)
* Mother of the Church: Our Lady of the Rosary (Fatima, Portugal, 1917)
* Queen of Heaven: The Virgin of the Golden Heart/Our Lady of Beuraing (Belgium, 1932)
* Mother of Mercy: Virgin of the Poor/Our Lady of Banneaux (Belgium, 1933)
* Mother of God: Our Lady of Sorrows/Our Lady of Kibeho (Rwanda, 1981)
Virgin, Mother, Queen includes full-color illustrations and recounts in story and teaching why the apparitions and titles of Mary continue to be relevant today. Each chapter contains traditional prayers associated with these historic Marian shrines.
A Note From the Publisher
"Searching for a book that contains everything you need to know about the most significant Marian apparitions in Church history? Look no further! Michael O’Neill and Dr. Robert Fastiggi have combined their knowledge of Our Lady into one delightful and easy-to-ready book. In a unique and compelling way, Virgin, Mother, Queen presents the history, theology, and pious practices associated with the approved Marian apparitions of the Church. You will love this book! It is destined to be a reference work for years to come."
Fr. Donald Calloway, M.I.C.
Mariologist and author of Champions of the Rosary
“Combining their unique talents as a widely regarded Marian theologian and ‘miracle hunter,’ Robert Fastiggi and Michael O’Neill, respectively, reveal themselves to be devoted sons of Mary in Virgin, Mother, Queen. This beautiful book combines history and theology both to deepen our devotion and to answer our questions about Mary’s role throughout Church history.”
Author of The Marian Option
“What a wonderfully gifted teaching and writing duo that have joined talents to help Catholics and other Christians to understand more fully the role of the Blessed Mother. As a journalist who has had the honor of interviewing both of these powerful witnesses, there is little doubt that Virgin, Mother, Queen will be a true treasure that will serve as an important and creative tool for the New Evangelization.”
Catholic author and syndicated radio talk show host
“This new Marian text manifests and celebrates a rich variety of Marian truth and devotion that will joyfully and efficaciously feed both the Catholic mind and heart. The artful combination of Michael O’Neill’s professional precision regarding Marian apparitions coupled with Robert Fastiggi’s encyclopedic knowledge of Mariology provides an inspired complement at the service of Our Lady, and great spiritual wisdom to benefit readers.”
St. John Paul II Chair of Mariology
Franciscan University of Steubenville