In Full of Grace: Encountering Mary in Faith, Art and Life, Judith Dupré writes:
The author quotes Yeats' description of Mary's response as "Terror of all terrors that I bore the Heavens in my womb.” Is this an even more apt description of a teenager suddenly confronted with the news she is pregnant with the Son of God?
In The Marian Blog, NCR books editor Arthur Jones invites a discussion on envisioning Mary, the mother of Jesus, in 21st-century terms.
Jones has been a Catholic journalist since before the Second Vatican Council. This month, Paulist Press releases his latest book, Mary, a Mother Waiting, Raising the Messiah. Jones describes his book as an exploration of the mother-son relationship of Mary and Jesus during the “hidden years,” until she eases him front and center into his ministry at Cana.