Mother of God, Similar to Fire
Author:William Hart McNichols, Reflections by Mirabai Starr
Words and images reflect the perennial appeal of Mary-source of compassion, gentle consoler, fierce protector, feminine face of the divine.
"You gaze on the icon, but it gazes on you too…We need to gaze on truly conversational, truly loving images, images that will return our love.” —Fr. William Hart McNichols
In times of mingled hope and despair, of longing for the sacred combined with disillusionment, the image of Mary continues to hold tremendous appeal.
Not only the mother of Jesus, but the quintessential Mother, the feminine face of the divine, fierce protector and gentle consoler, she serves as a source of inspiration, wisdom, vital essence of compassion and forgiveness. In Mother of God, Similar to Fire, priest-iconographer William Hart McNichols and mystical author Mirabai Starr collaborate to help make the perennial wisdom and love of Mary vibrantly accessible. Selected images of Mary, illuminated by Starr's lyrical prose-poems, embrace such diverse expressions as the Black Madonna, Latina, Bosnian, Greek, Italian, and Native depictions of Mother Mary. In these images of Mary we are reminded of what matters most, of what endures when all else seems lost, of what grace may yet be available when we meet fear with love.