"In this incredible book, Marge Fenelon shares with us her touching story of healing and forgiveness. Containing wonderful insights from one of the holiest priests of the 20th century, Fr. Joseph Kentenich, Marge’s story is a testimony to the power of Marian consecration and the rosary. Pray the novena in this book, and allow Jesus and Mary to heal you, too!" (Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC, author, Champions of the Rosary)
"Forgiving Mother will lift your heart and soul from the pit of despair to the heights of heaven! Marge Fenelon presents a fascinating journey of a life affected by abuse and how she found comfort, hope, and peace through the compassionate, motherly love of Mary. You will experience the power of God’s love in a more meaningful way within the tender embrace of the Mother of Jesus. Forgiving Mother will inspire and encourage you to plumb the depths of God’s mercy in your own life, leading you to profound healing and deeper intimacy with the Lord through the heart of His Blessed Mother." (Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers, author, Behold the Man: A Catholic Vision of Male Spirituality and Ignite: Read the Bible Like Never Before)
"As someone who has struggled through the pain of broken relationships, Marge's book is a breath of fresh air. It reminds us that most families are not exactly Norman Rockwell material. And while as Christians we are called to forgive, reconciling, even with those in our circle of family and friends, sometimes may not be possible. With the Blessed Mother as her guide Marge helps us navigate this emotional journey with hope that leads to the healing of our own wounded hearts." (Teresa Tomeo, media expert, motivational speaker, best-selling author)
"Forgiving Mother offers you practical guidance and spiritual wisdom to begin your journey to wholeness of spirit. Highly recommended!" (Lisa M. Hendey, author, The Grace of Yes)
Marge Steinhage Fenelon knows the pain, fear, hopelessness, insecurity, resentment and anger of being raised by a troubled mother. She also knows the way out: Mary.
In Forgiving Mother, Fenelon deftly explores the ways the Blessed Virgin can provide comfort and healing if you truly desire it. Drawing from personal experience as well as wisdom from Church documents, Scripture, and the saints, Fenelon sketches a path from despair to peace. She offers concrete steps and prayers to help you deal with the painful memories, emotions and fears that are rooted in your past.
Part memoir, part spiritual guide, Forgiving Mother is a workbook for healing even the most deeply rooted pain. It also includes a novena, which you can pray alongside each chapter or as a final step in the healing process. You will likely find solace from going through the novena again and again, as you’ll find healing is a cyclical process - not a linear one.
You are a child of Mary and she loves you tenderly. She really, truly is your mother - given to you by our Lord as he hung dying on the cross. Jesus wants you to accept his mother as your own and to develop a deepening relationship with her so that she can fill the void that the past has left inside of you. And in her kind, motherly way, she will. What’s more, she will lead you to her son who, as God, is the ultimate source of all healing and peace.
Pray through it, meditate on it, and let Mary’s love sink into your heart and soul. Above all, be gentle with yourself. This is your healing process, and no one else’s. With the Blessed Mother’s help, you can become the whole, healed and truly cherished person you were meant to be.
Marge shares a story of healing and finding peace when faced with an emotionally abusive mother. She shares hope and how you can overcome the pain. If you've struggled with your relationship with your own mother, this book is for you!