The Mother of Jesus is Wonderfully Real with Father & Son by the Fire Card

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The Mother of Jesus is Wonderfully Real with Father & Son by the Fire Card


The Mother of Jesus is Wonderfully Real contains two things: a letter from a young girl, Isabel, who wonders if Mary is real, and a beautiful response from Father Paul Murray, O.P., whose answer is simple, powerful, deep, and true. Father Paul writes to the heart of Isabel, speaking directly to her, yet speaking to all of us, young and old.  

Alyssa Bormes writes a foreword explaining the heartache of her young niece Isabel as she one day questioned the reality of Mary, and then the healing Isabel received from Father’s letter.

Father’s beautiful words are accompanied by the captivating watercolors painted by Bernadette Gockowski. Her work enhances the book, which is already full of wonder.

This is a book to give to every child you know – and one to be pondered in your own heart.

  • There is a dedication page for you to present it as a gift to someone you love
  • It is a hardcover book with a dust jacket, becoming an instant keepsake
  • The spiritual lessons of the book are breathtaking
  • Childlike wonder is accompanied by solid theology
  • This book is truly a study in God’s Truth, Beauty, and Goodness!

Father Paul Murray, O.P. is an Irish Dominican and a poet. He lives and works in Rome, Italy, where he teaches the literature of the Western mystical tradition at the Angelicum University. His books include I Loved Jesus in the Night: Teresa of Calcutta, A Secret Revealed, and God’s Spies’ Michelangelo, Shakespeare, and Other Poets of Vision. His last book of poetry is Stories and Stars.

Alyssa Bormes is an educator, author, speaker, and radio host. Alyssa is the aunt of Isabel, who wrote the letter to Fr. Murray. She teaches theology at Chesterton Academy of the Twin Cities, is the host of a weekly radio show, Catholic Kaleidoscope, on Radio Maria US, is a WINE writer, including Called by Name, and wrote The Catechism of Hockey.

Bernadette Gockowski is a watercolor artist. After receiving her art degree, she served the Church for seven years before starting a family of her own. She works part-time as a portrait artist, art teacher, and cares for her three children at home.


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“This gorgeously illustrated and splendidly written book will be helpful to any young person struggling to understand spiritual truths. Get it for your child, your grandchild, your godson or goddaughter. And when you’ve finished reading it to him or her, savor it for yourself.”
~ The Most Reverend, Bishop Robert Barron, Auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles, California

“With lavish insight, Fr. Paul Murray O.P. takes a simple child’s question and turns it into a masterclass not only on the divine gifts of the Blessed Virgin Mary but also on the profound love God has for each of us his little ones. Share this book with someone special in your own life, and you’ll experience the joy of a gift well-given, a puzzle solved, a dream come to life. With delightful illustrations and tender prose, The Mother of Jesus is Wonderfully Real is a treasure that belongs in every home.”
~ Lisa M. Hendey, Author of “I’m a Saint in the Making” and Founder of

“In The Mother of Jesus is Wonderfully Real, Fr. Paul Murray O.P. gently, warmly, guides readers into the beauty of faith. The lovely illustrations and the well-chosen words fortify the desire to believe of both the young and adults.”
~ Elizabeth Lev, Art Historian

In this beautiful and poignant “letter to Isabel” Fr. Paul Murray O.P. reveals his own deep love of Mother Mary and the childlike quality of his devotion to her. But then something else as well: we are allowed to see this glowing love through the eyes of the child to whom Fr. Paul is writing. What a beautiful reminder of the enormous care our Heavenly Mother has for each one of us!
~ Mother Mary Assumpta Long, O.P., Prioress General, Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist


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