Aleteia logoAleteia logo
Aleteia
Wednesday 04 August |
Saint of the Day: St. John Vianney
home iconVoices & Views
line break icon

“So, what you reading, Maria Johnson?”

Supplied Photo

Zoe Romanowsky - published on 02/16/17

What happens when the Virgin Mary appears in your living room?

[Aleteia loves books but recognizes that a world busy with social media doesn’t afford many prompts to that old conversation-starter, “Read any good books lately?” So, we’re asking it in this space. Here, frequent Aleteia contributor Maria Johnson shares what she’s got on her bedside table at the moment. – Ed.]

“I’m currently reading Our Lady of the Lost and Found: A Novel of Mary, Faith and Friendship by Diane Schoemperlen,” says Maria. “It was a gift from dear friends who thought I’d enjoy the quirky concept: middle-aged writer who one day discovers the Blessed Virgin Mary in her living room, wanting to take a week off and hang around with the writer. The idea amused me and I stuck it on that ‘hopeful’ shelf — you know, the one piled high with things you intend to read. I’m sorry I didn’t get to it sooner!”

What does Maria like about the book?

“I had a few reservations about how the Blessed Mother would be treated in this book, but to be honest, I think she’s portrayed lovingly, as a friend. I wish I’d get such a visit! It does send me off on some ponderings.”

Tags:
BooksVirgin Mary
Support Aleteia!

If you’re reading this article, it’s thanks to the generosity of people like you, who have made Aleteia possible.

Here are some numbers:

  • 20 million users around the world read Aleteia.org every month
  • Aleteia is published every day in seven languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Slovenian
  • Each month, readers view more than 50 million pages
  • Nearly 4 million people follow Aleteia on social media
  • Each month, we publish 2,450 articles and around 40 videos
  • We have 60 full time staff and approximately 400 collaborators (writers, translators, photographers, etc.)

As you can imagine, these numbers represent a lot of work. We need you.

Support Aleteia with as little as $1. It only takes a minute. Thank you!

Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...




Top 10
1
Saint Mary of the Angels
Bret Thoman, OFS
All your sins will be forgiven if you go to a Franciscan church o...
2
Ignacio María Doñoro
Francisco Veneto
The military chaplain who pretended to be a criminal to rescue a ...
3
CARLO ACUTIS
Violeta Tejera
Carlo Acutis’ first stained glass window in jeans and sneak...
4
JEDZENIE
Theresa Civantos Barber
The one thing we all should do before this summer ends
5
Philip Kosloski
Most priests can’t absolve these sins
6
ANTENUCCI
Ary Waldir Ramos Diaz
1st Feast of Our Lady of Silence is August 1
7
Zelda Caldwell
World-record winning gymnast Simone Biles leans on her Catholic f...
See More
Newsletter
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.