Full of Grace: Encountering Mary in Faith, Art, and Life

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Two thousand years ago, a girl from Nazareth was transformed by a simple “yes” into the Mother of God—the subject of sublime devotion, divisive controversy, and extravagant speculation. A mother and a virgin, a saint and a peasant, a woman both tragic and triumphant, Mary has held sway over the human imagination for centuries. Yet she has never felt as relevant to our everyday lives as she does today.
 
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Two thousand years ago, a girl from Nazareth was transformed by a simple “yes” into the Mother of God—the subject of sublime devotion, divisive controversy, and extravagant speculation. A mother and a virgin, a saint and a peasant, a woman both tragic and triumphant, Mary has held sway over the human imagination for centuries. Yet she has never felt as relevant to our everyday lives as she does today.
 
In Full of Grace, Judith Dupré, the bestselling author of Churches, offers an intimate exploration of this beloved figure, now and through the ages. In a series of poignant stories and essays, Dupré examines Mary’s artistic, cultural, and historical influence, and at the same time shows how Mary’s human journey of love, compassion, grief, and humble strength inextricably connects her to our modern lives.

Accompanied by a breathtaking visual feast ranging from classic Renaissance portraits to unexpected contemporary images, Dupré’s text offers insights into the Virgin Mary as a mother and as a religious icon. Visits to the great shrines of Marian pilgrimage—Lourdes, Medjugorje, Fatima, and the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe—underscore the author’s journey to find Mary’s meaning in her own life. In an essay about Mary in the Qur’an, we see how Mary, far from being an exclusively Catholic figure, emerges as one of the central women in Islam. Another piece details the author’s travels in the Holy Land, a landscape wracked by religious strife but still overflowing with the spirit of generosity that Mary embodies. From Sudanese refugee camps to the painful reminders of Auschwitz, from the struggle of divorce to the challenges of raising a child with autism, we see how Mary’s tenderness, bravery, and grace infuse the story of every mother, young and old. For men and women seeking to better understand their own life journey, this book looks at the many miracles, large and small, along the way.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781400065851
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/2/2010
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Judith Dupré is the author of several international bestselling books, including Skyscrapers, Bridges, Churches, and Monuments. Winner of a number of prestigious fellowships, she holds degrees from Brown University and studied at the Open Atelier of Design and Architecture in Manhattan. Currently, she is at Yale Divinity School studying the impact of memory, beauty, and ethics on architecture and community building. She lives with her family outside New York City.
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Table of Contents

Preface

Full of Grace 3

A Girl From Galilee 9

Nazareth 13

Mother Goddess 23

The Book of Judith 31

Mary in Art 35

The Annunciation According to Luke 48

The Annunciation According to Matthew 49

Ave Maria 52

Imagining Gabriel 56

Tekton 59

Showing Up: Joseph 60

Mother of God, The Council of Ephesus 68

The Church of St. Saviour in Chora 73

The Color Blue 82

On Beauty 84

Mary in the Qur'an 88

Trees of Life 92

Her Immaculate Conception 100

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Reading Group Guide

1.  Full of Grace has an unusual, three-part structure, consisting of main text, illustrated narrative, and margin commentary. How do you think this structure affects your experience of the book and of the message that Dupré is expressing with her narrative?
 
2. Although the author is often present in the book’s stories, Full of Grace includes numerous insights on the Virgin Mary, and on womanhood in general, by theologians, historians, contemporary writers, and poets, adding up to a kind of chorus celebrating Mary. How do these other voices contribute to Dupré’s narrative and to the overall meaning of the book? Would the book be the same if Dupré had not included these other voices?
 
3. As Dupré explains, there is startlingly little historical evidence—no eyewitness accounts, letters, birth records, or death notices—about Mary’s actual life. She is mentioned only thirteen times in the Bible, yet she is one of the most recognizable figures in both the religious and secular spheres. Why do you think she has such a hold on our collective imagination?
 
4. When Gabriel asked Mary if she was willing to become Jesus’s mother, she said yes. She knew it would be a difficult, heartbreaking journey, but she agreed to take it. What was your most difficult “yes”?
 
5. The illustrations in Full of Grace provide a kind of mini-overview of the changing ways in which Mary has been depicted throughout the history of art. Talk about the different ways that she is represented by different cultures and at different periods in history. What do you think causes these shifts? If you were an artist commissioned to create an image of Mary, how would you show her? Would your vision of her change at different points in your own life? 
 
6. In choosing the illustrations for the book, Dupré did not rely on conventional representations of Mary, although she includes many classic masterworks. Why do you think she did this?  What images most surprised you? Were there any you disagreed with? Which was your favorite and why?
 
7. How would you describe Mary and Joseph’s relationship? What drew them together?  What qualities did Joseph bring to their marriage and to fatherhood?
 
8. The author reports on the MANTRA study at Duke University, which was the first time rigorous scientific protocols were used to quantify the intangible therapeutic benefits of prayer.  What do you think of the results of that study?  In your experience, does prayer really work?

9. Most major Marian pilgrimage sites—Lourdes, Fatima, Mexico City, Medjugorje, Loreto, and others—are explored in the pages of Full of Grace.  How are these sites similar to one another, and how are they different? Have you been to any of them, or to other places of pilgrimage, and, if so, how did your experience fit with your expectations of the holy site?
 
10. Dupré explains that many women of all stripes, levels of education, and professional accomplishment, have said they “feel Mary’s presence most strongly in the kitchen, during those quiet hours, when they are cooking, cleaning up the Chinese takeout, or emptying the dishwasher.”  What do you think they mean by this? Is there a room or a place in your home, or a moment in your day, that evokes a sense of the sacred for you?  Why?
 
11. Do you relate to Mary most as the girl she was when she met the angel, as a proud young mother, as an older mother grieving the loss of her son, or as the queen of Heaven, as she was ultimately crowned?
 
12. Dupré writes about Blue Christmas services that help the grieving and the lonely come to terms with the suffering they feel around the holidays.  Have you experienced a blue Christmas, or felt sadness during an occasion of joy?  What rituals have helped you deal with loss?
 
13.  Parents of autistic children often have a complex relationship to their children’s disability; their reactions can range from sorrow to frustration to acceptance to utter joy, sometimes all at once. Similarly, as shown in the “New Understanding” story, Mary and Joseph sensed that they could never fully understand Jesus. How do you think this sense of emotional and intellectual distance could complicate, frustrate, or enrich a parent’s love for a child? 
 
14. Dupré opens the book with an anecdote about meeting a beautiful young woman covered in tattoos, and says, “I couldn’t shake the feeling I had been looking at an image of the Virgin Mary, who bore the wounds of the world as her own.” What do you think she means by this? Have there been seemingly casual encounters in your own life that, like the tattooed girl, have been “an awakening,” and left a mark on your perception of your world?
 
15. Dupré suggests that there are strong parallels between Mary and the archetypal goddesses of the distant past, such as Artemis, the Egyptian mother goddess Isis, Demeter, and Cybele. Do you agree? What qualities does Mary share with the ancient goddesses? What is gained by thinking of Mary as a fusion of many earlier female deities?
 
16. Judith, the Old Testament heroine who slays Holofernes to save the Israelites, is widely celebrated, but nonetheless committed an act of cold-blooded murder.  Was she justified in her actions?  If so, what makes it so? When does the end justify the means?
 
17. Dupré makes the case that the role of the divine feminine has been marginalized and subject to patriarchal control for much of recorded history and has been a great loss—not only for women but for many men, who have also suffered from the historical, often spiritually disenfranchising privilege accorded them. What do you think she means by this? What privileges do women enjoy that are denied to most men?  How might men benefit from a change?
 
18. The overwhelming numbers of pilgrims to the Holy Land for the past twenty centuries—to see churches and sites associated with Mary, Jesus and the Holy Family—suggest the ongoing appeal of “authenticated” places of biblical history, despite the lack of proof supporting such designations. Why do you think these places exert such a pull on our imaginations?   Does it really make a difference if one is standing on the exact place where history transpired?  
 
19. A holy relic, or any structure, has an emotional resonance and identity beyond its physical dimensions.  Similarly, our personal internal maps last a lifetime. To test this idea, imagine the home of your childhood and the street you grew up on.  What do you see, smell, hear, and taste?
 
20. Discuss the commonalities between Mary and her elderly relative Elizabeth. How do they mirror each other?  Do you have a specific friend or friends who have upheld you during difficult periods of your life?
 
21. J. D. Salinger said, “Mothers are all slightly insane.” Does this quote resonate in your own life? How do you find calm in the middle of your busy days?  
 
 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2011

    Terrible

    Let me begin by saying that my husband and I are not idiots. We decided to buy this book and read it every evening during Lent. We have found this book to be very "hard reading." In addition to being difficult to read; we have not learned anything about Mary that we didn't already know. We are extremely disappointed in this book and we would never purchase another book by this author. I hope that other people don't waist their money on this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2010

    Holy Mary, Mother Of God...

    Dupre has done what few other authors could do. Dupre has provided the ever faithful a look at Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ as both a mother and a religious icon and her relevance till this very day. This book will make a great gift. I'd also recommend that you buy "When God Stopped Keeping Score," which takes an intimate look at the power of God and forgiveness. This book too will change your life.

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