A Chance
for Life




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

See Marie Azzarello †, CND, Mary, The First Disciple, A Guide for Transforming Today’s Church, Novalis, 2004, p. 115.

Cynthia Bourgeault, Mystical Hope, Trusting in the Mercy of God, Cowley Publications, Cambridge, Boston, Mass: p.25.

Edwin L. Keel, “The Work of Mary at the End of Time.” Forum Novum, Vol. 4, n. 4 (June 1991): 433.

For a complete discussion of these issues, see Robert J. Egan, “Why Not? Scripture, History and Women’s Ordination.” Commonweal (April 11, 2008): pp. 21, 22, 26.

Thomas Merton, A Merton Reader, ed. Thomas P. McDonnell, New York: Image Books, 1989, p. 353.

Margaret Wheatley, “Listening as Healing.” Shambhala Sun, December 2001. Accessed March 25, 2001.

Mandalas / Picture

  • Mandala, The Fig Tree. Rachel Gaudreau, CND, © 2016.
  • Mary Untier of Knots, Free Picture, Accessed, 2016.
  • Mandala, Mary Untier of Knots, Rachel Gaudreau, CND, © 2016.
  • Text, “And What Is It To Work With Love”, Khalil Gibran.

Week 2

Belden C. Lane, “Mother Earth as Metaphor: A Healing Pattern of Grieving and Giving Birth”, Horizons, 21/1 (1994) 7-21.

Johann M. Roten, “Memory and Mission, A Theological Reflection on Mary in the Paschal Mysteries”, Marian Studies, XLII (1991) p. 114, 115.

David O’Leary, “Illuminated by Starlight”, The Tablet, October 3, 2015.

Robert J. Schreiter, C.PP.S., The Ministry of Reconciliation, Spirituality and Strategies, Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books, 2002, pp. 56 ff. and Reconciliation, Mission and Ministry in a Changing Social Order, Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books, 2005, pp. 61ff.

The Global Ethic Foundation, See: (accessed 12/05/2010)


  • Mandala Miserere mei Domine, Prends pitié de moi Seigneur, Rachel Gaudreau, CND, © 2016.
  • Mandala Adorers and Meditators Throughout the World, created by Rachel Gaudreau, CND, © 2016.
  • Text: Hebrew Word Rahamin, Maternal Womb and Mercy.

Week 3

Pope John Paul II, “The Church and the Eucharist.” In The Eucharist – For the Life of the World, The Parish Bulletin (April 22, 2007).

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, “The Mass on the World.”, Hymn of the Universe, New York: Harper Colophon Books, 1965, p. 19.

Pope John Paul II, “Message for the World day of Peace.” January 1, 1990.

Cletus Wessels, Jesus in the New Universe Story, Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books, 2003, p. 217.

St. Augustine, Sermon on Mary, No. 22, 189, 3(PL 38); Cf. Jn 1:14; Phil 2:6. Voir note 6, p. 239, Marie Azzarello †, CND, Mary The First Disciple.

Kenneth R. Overberg, S.J., “The Incarnation: Why God wanted to Become Human.” Catholic Update, p. 4. (accessed 18/05/2008)

Andrew Deeter Dreichter, “A New Creation.” The Way (January 1989): 12.

Allan B. Smith, The God Shift, Our Changing Perception of the Ultimate Mystery, Raheny, Dublin, Ireland: The Liffey Press Ltd., 2004, p. 155. Teilhard de Chardin noted that if we disconnect ‘the universal Christ’ from being an authentic expression of the Christ of the Gospels, we reduce Christianity to a ‘philosophy’ like any other. Its force and vitality are lost. See Teilhard de Chardin and the Mystery of Christ, Garden City, New York: A Doubleday Image Book, 1964, p. 80.


  • Image of the Universe, free, accessed February, 2016.
  • Text, To be Witnesses of Jesus, Richard Rohr

Week 4

Inspired by Ronald Rolheiser, O.M.I., “Midwives of Hope.” The Catholic Register (April 16, 2006): p. 27.

J. F. Keenan, Les Oeuvres de Misericorde CPPNE, p. 86 Mame, 2015

Thomas Merton, A Book of Hours. Kathleen Deignan. Ed., Notre Dame, Indiana: Sorin Books, 2007, p. 105.

Karl Rahner, The Practice of Faith. Crossroad Publishing Co., 1983, p. 260.

Mandalas / Picture

  • Mandala, Kyrie Eleison, Lord Have Mercy, Rachel Gaudreau, CND, © 2016.
  • Photo, Brigitte Minkada, CND; Silvia Leticia Sagastume, CND, © Copyright Congrégation de Notre-Dame, 2016.
  • Mandala, Flowering Life, Rachel Gaudreau, CND, © 2016.
  • Text, Mercy is God Encountering Us, Richard Rohr.

Week 5

Olivier Clément, The Roots of Christian Mysticism, Texts from the Patristic Era with Commentary, Translated from the original French edition 1982 by Theodore Berkley, O.C.S.O. and Jeremy Hummerstone. Hyde Park, New York: New City Press, 1993.

John Paul II, Mother of the Redeemer, MR No. 2.

Marie Chin RSM, Excerpt from her Talk: “Many More Miles Before We Sleep: Culture, Our Sacred Dwelling Place”, 3rd Continental Congress on Vocations, Montreal, Canada, April, 2002, p. 23.

Meister Eckhart from Whom God Hid Nothing. Ed. David O’Neil, Boston and London: New Seeds, 2005, p. 16.

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, Pope Benedict the XVI, , The Theology of Vatican II, p. 9.

A Sermon of St. Augustine from the Office of Readings.

Herbert Richardson, “Mother of the Church” Précis, Theological Digest, 1966, p. 50.

Meister Eckhart, quoted in Matthew Fox, Original Blessing, New York: Jeremey P. Tarcher/Putnam, 2000, p. 220.

Mandalas / Picture

  • Mandala, Jesus and the Works of Mercy, Rachel Gaudreau, CND, © 2016.
  • Picture, Jesus Knocking at the Door, free picture, accessed February, 2016.
  • Mandala, Heart, Word and Bread, Rachel Gaudreau, CND, © 2016.
  • Text, Revelation.

Other Sources

Pope Francis, The Joy of the Gospel, Apostolic Exhortation, CCCB Publications, Ottawa, Ontario: 2014.

Pope Francis, Laudato Si, On Caring for Our Common Home, Apostolic Exhortation, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, 2015.

Pope Francis, Misericordia Vultus, Bull of Indiction. Jubilee Year of Mercy, April, 2015.

Walter Kasper, Mercy, The Essence of the Gospel and the Key to Christian Life, Paulist Press, New York / Mahwah / NJ, 2013.


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