St Mary's Bookstore

St. Mary's Bookstore of Nashville, Tn is located just minutes away from beautiful downtown at 1909 West End Ave. St. Mary's Bookstore has been providing customers with church supplies, books, and gifts for the past 80 years.

Visiting Mary

by Julie Dortch Cragon

In every State in our beautiful Country, there is a place, a grotto, a shrine, a Basilica, a church or a chapel built in honor of Mary, Our Mother. We all know that we can sit in our homes, our cars, our offices, our parish church or chapel and talk to, pray with and visit Our Lady. We ask her to be with us, to intercede for us, to pray for us. My family and I have found countless places that have guided us to a deeper relationship with Our Mother. We have come to understand the love that others have expressed towards her, the life they have given up to honor her. We have journeyed and we have found her waiting, not always for us just to visit, but for us to “show up” so she can bring us to her Son. Several summers my family and I have traveled through bean fields and corn fields, down back roads and highways, following maps and detours to wonder where in the world she is leading us. We have asked “why”. Why is this built? Why are we led? Why are others here? And, the answer comes time and time again, “love”. In the words of one of my children, “Mom, you know why. You know. It’s all for the love of God.” Through Mary, we are led to that love, to God. Those who experience this type of love want others to share the same experience. And so we journey, from our homes, from our hearts, to a place where all are received with open arms. All are cared for, all bring their own needs and desires or none at all and she, as Our Mother, is there...waiting. Some plan to stop and some just “happen to be in the neighborhood” and she understands, she knows and in return for our visit, she gives us her love and her grace and leads us to the greatest gift of love, her Son. And that is enough for us.

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