In the Heart of
the World



Text: © Marie Azzarello, CND, Mary and the Maternal Face of God, Reimagining Ourselves as Church, Baico Publishing, 2011.

Scripture Quotations contained herein are from the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible, Copyright ©1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission.

Logo: Copyright ©Rachel Gaudreau, CND, 2014.


Week 1

Constitution on the Church, The Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother Of God In The Mystery Of Christ And The Church, Chapter 8. No. 65, 1964).

Mary Southard, CSJ, Calendar 2005, “Ministry of the Arts.” Congregation of St. Joseph, LaGrange Park, Illinois. Used with permission.

Pope Francis, The Joy of the Gospel, Apostolic Exhortation, CCCB Publications, Ottawa Canada, 2014, nos. 285, 288.

St. Maximos the Confessor, “Mystical Conception, The Annunciation to the Theotokos,” The Word Magazine, (March 25, 2005).

Demkovitch, Michael, Introducing Meister Eckhart, Ottawa, Canada: Novalis, 2005, p. 98.

Meister Eckhart, Original Blessing, p. 222.

St. Augustine, Sermons 72A (Denis 25), 8 (Miscellanea Agostiniana, 1, p. 164). Quoted in Raniero Cantalamessa. Mary Mirror of the Church. Collegeville, Minnesota: The Liturgical Press: 1992, p. 72. Cf. Lk. 8:21; Mk. 3:31 ff.; Matt 12:49.

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  • People immersed in the world. Free Image. Accessed 2015.
  • Mandala, Centre of Light, © Rachel Gaudreau, 2015.
  • Mandala, Annunciation, © Rachel Gaudreau, 2015.

Week 2

Marie Azzarello, CND, Mary The First Disciple, pp. 197, 198, Lumen Gentium, 63, 64. Pope

Karl Delahaye, Ecclesia Mater, Chez Les Pères Des Trois Premiers Siècles, Pour un renouvellement de la Pastorale d'aujourd’hui, Translated from the German by P. Verigriette and E. Bouis, Paris: Unam Sanctam, Les Éditions du Cerf, 29, 1964, pp. 256-258.

St. Augustine, Sermon 272 quoted in “Christ Among Us”, America (October 3, 2005): pp. 13-14.

Dag Hammarskjöld, Markings, Translated by Leif Sjöberg and W. H. Auden, London: Faber and Faber, 1964, p. 127.

Story of a Soul, Autobiography of Saint Therese of Lisieux, Washington, D.C.: ICS Publications, 1975, p. 183

Keep Watch! Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, September 2014, no. 19.

St. Augustine, Sermon 71.20,33, in Hill, 3:258, 266 quoted in J.-M.-R. Tillard, Flesh of the Church, Flesh of Christ, At the Source of the Ecclesiology of Communion, Collegeville, Minnesota: The Liturgical Press, 2001, p. 61, 62.

St. Symeon the New Theologian, We Awaken in Christ’s Body, (949-1022).


  • Mandala, The Vine and the Branches, © Rachel Gaudreau, 2015.

Week 3

Cf. Marie Azzarello, CND, Mary, The First Disciple, A Guide for Transforming Today’s Church. Novalis, 2004. pp. 55, 56.

The Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World, GS, 11, 92; 56:1.

Pope Francis, The Joy of the Gospel # 111; 74; 119, 120.

Meister Eckhart noted that we are called to bring forth, to manifest some aspect of the Incarnation. Cf. Demkovitch, Michael, Introducing Meister Eckhart, Ottawa, Canada: Novalis, 2005, p. 98.

For a complete discussion of Jesus’ temptations see Pope Benedict XVI. Jesus of Nazareth, Chapter Two, New York: Doubleday, 2007.

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  • The Visitation © Rachel Gaudreau, 2015
  • Annunciation – Free Image. Accessed March, 2015.
  • Centre Holding Life Together, © Michelle Normand, Flower Mandala Coloring Book, 2012 / Marie Azzarello, CND, 2014.

Week 4

Michael Downey, “CONSENTING TO KENOSIS, Mission to Secularity” in Ronald Rolheiser ed., Secularity and the Gospel, New York: The Crossroad Publishing Company, pp. 118, 120.

Marie Chin, RSM. MANY MILES BEFORE WE SLEEP, Congress: Conversion Discernment Mission, Fostering a Vocation Culture in North America, Montreal, Canada: April 2002, p. 25.

Pope Francis, The Joy of the Gospel, # 71.

Jon Sobrino, Where is God? Earthquake, Terrorism, Barbarity and Hope, Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis Books, 2004, pp. 146.

George V. Coyne, “The Fertile Universe.” America (Vol. 195, No. 12, October 23, 2006): 20.

Mary Southard, CSJ, Annual Calendar of the Sisters of St. Joseph, , 2004 Used with permission.

John F. Kavanaugh, S.J., “The Ocean of Life, Why would God not intervene?” America (January 31, 2005): 6.

Pope Benedict XVI, Spes Salvi, Encyclical Letter On Christian Hope, p. 63.

Dictionary of Biblical Imagery. General Editors: Leyland Rykin, James O. Wilhot, Tremper Longman III. “Womb.” Downer’s Grove, Illinois: Inter Varsity Press, 1988 p. 962.

For a complete discussion of the use of ‘rahamin‘ (womb) later used to mean God’s compassion and mercy for humankind, see Phyllis Trible, God and the Rhetoric of Sexuality, Philadelphia, Fortress press, 1978, pp. 39 - 59. See also, Pope Benedict XVI, Jesus of Nazareth, p. 139.

Pope Benedict XVI, Jesus of Nazareth, p. 238.


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  • Visitation – © Rachel Gaudreau, CND, 2015
  • The Annunciation (Rose) © Rachel Gaudreau, CND, 2015

Week 5

CF. Marie Azzarello, CND, Mary the First Disciple, pp. 85, 86.

Hans Urs Von Balthazar and Joseph Ratzinger, Pope Benedict XVI, Mary the Church at the Source, p.77.

Sally McFague, Models of God, Theology for an ecological, Nuclear Age, Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1987, p. 76.

All things exist in God. Theologians call this ‘panentheism.’ It corrects pantheism which merges God and the world and classical theism which separates God and the world. Elizabeth A. Johnson, Women, Earth and Creator Spirit, New York/Mahwah: Paulist Press, 1993, p. 42.

Pope Francis, The Joy of the Gospel, # 288.

Raymond E. Brown, S.S., “The Annunciation to Mary, the Visitation and the Magnificat” (Lk. 1:26-56). Worship, 61, No. 3 (May 1988): 258, 259 quoted in Marie Azzarello, CND, Mary The First Disciple, p. 62.

Mary Eileen Scott, CND, Contemplation Before the True Portrait, Courier Marguerite Bourgeoys, No. 53, 1994. This reflection composed in November 1982 for the Montreal celebration of the Canonization was Sister Scott’s last piece of sustained writing.

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  • The Marriage Feast of Cana, © Rachel Gaudreau, CND, 2015.
  • The Magnificat, © Rachel Gaudreau, CND, 2015.
  • Pieta, free photo. Accessed April, 2015.
  • The True Portrait of Marguerite Bourgeoys, Pierre LeBer, 1700. © Congregation of Notre Dame.
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