Mother of Sorrows: Colm Toibin’s Testament of Mary

Mother of Sorrows: Colm Toibin’s Testament of Mary

"It’s neither sinful nor shocking to imagine that the one who was so highly favored might have counted the cost of such honor, or wondered at her own fiat."

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Jessica Mesman Griffith is the author of four books, including Strange Journey (2017) and Love and Salt: A Spiritual Friendship in Letters, winner of the 2014 Christopher Award for “literature that affirms the highest values of the human spirit.”

Jessica runs a blog and an online community, Sick Pilgrim, and is a regular contributor to US Catholic, America, and other magazines.

Jessica is also founder of Trying to Say God: Re-enchanting the Catholic Imagination, a literary festival at the University of Notre Dame. She has appeared as a guest on NPR’s Interfaith Voice, CBC’s Tapestry, and on various shows for Relevant Radio and Sirius/XM The Catholic Channel.

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