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By Joan Watson, Integrated Catholic Life, May 7, 2021

Joan Watson was born and raised in Lafayette, Indiana, but college and graduate school took her to Virginia, Ohio, and Rome. After graduating from Christendom College with a B.A. in History and Franciscan University with a M.A. in Theology …

“She isn’t just one puzzle piece in my puzzle of theology.”

Joannie WatsonI’m a cradle Catholic, which partly explains why for a long time I never really thought about my relationship with Mary. Statues in church, the Hail Mary, and an occasional family rosary were just part of life. One of my favorite childhood memories was the annual May crowning. The kids who had just made their first Communion were able to don their fancy white dresses and little ties again, and one really special girl actually got to crown the big statue of the Blessed Mother – one that they brought into the church especially for May Crowning.

I remember thinking she was the most beautiful woman I had ever seen. The statue seemed huge in my little eyes. This idea was reinforced by the fact that they built temporary steps up the back of the statue for the little girl to crown her. …

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