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BFCK Book Review: Mary, Mystical Rose (Litany of Loreto Series, Book 1) by J.T. Frodin

Mary, Mystical Rose, is an innovative book for children of all ages, exploring, and thereby teaching, one of the Marian titles of the Litany of Loreto. It was created by J.T. Frodin, in collaboration with a third-grade school class and with content submitted by children from individual families. This is the first volume in the Litany of Loreto series.

Mary, Mystical Rose, looks like a scrapbook with stories, activities and beautiful art. There are great works by famous artists alongside art, writings and activities by children. The book may be described as a unit study, centered around the subject of Mary, Mystical Rose along with five subtopics: Eve, the Mother of Mankind, Saint Bridget of Sweden, Saint Therese of Lisieux, Our Lady of Guadalupe, and the Virtue of Patience. The following volumes in this series will have a similar format.

I am greatly impressed by the profundity of this book. Frodin uses great art and authoritative quotes to introduce and explore the title of Mystical Rose. Most of the text consists of quotes from Scripture, the Liturgy, writings of the saints, Catholic poetry and hymns. The text of the quotes has been preserved as much as possible. It will familiarize kids with the traditional and correct language of Catholicism. There is a bibliography, introducing older students to the requirements of scholarly research and inviting them to read more.

To give you an idea of the breadth and depth of the teachings in this book, here are some of the authors quoted: Saint Paul, the Book of Revelation, the Prophet Jeremiah, Saint Cardinal Henry Newman, Blessed Mary of Agreda, the Baltimore Catechism, Pope Pius XII, Saint Pope John Paul II, Saint Bridget of Sweden, Saint Therese of Lisieux, Saint Alphonso Liguori, Dante Alighieri, and more. Some of the quotes are substantial. A section from St. Therese’s Story of a Soul covers two pages.

Similarly, your children will learn from and enjoy art from medieval illuminations, works by Bernadino Zenale (1510), Michelangelo (1511), Raphael (1518), Diego Velasquez (1636), Luca Giordano (1672), Fidelis Schaber (1874), Pierre Auguste Renoir (1875), Vincent Van Gogh (1888), and more. Here is a great contribution to your kids’ art history lessons.

The art submitted by sometimes very young children scattered throughout the book often displays innocent and fresh insights into the mysteries of the Faith. Young readers will be inspired to create their own work.

Interesting activities throughout the pages of Mary, Mystical Rose enhance the learning process. They range in age-appeal and complexity.

Mary, Mystical Rose is a much-needed exploration into a beautiful traditional prayer of the Church, which can be used in classrooms and at home. It will make a great unit study for homeschoolers. Discovering the rich symbolism of the Litany of Loreto will make this prayer so much more meaningful and enjoyable for children, as well as for adults. I learned a lot from reading it.

The author is inviting children to submit writings and art to her Kids4Kids Art and Writing Program. Frodin needs submissions for the next books in the Litany of Loreto series and for other projects. Book 2 in the Litany of Loreto series will be about Mary, Seat of Wisdom, and will include the Virtue of Sorrow, the Prophet Isaiah, St. Mary Magdalene, and St. John the Evangelist. Visit for application info. What a wonderful opportunity for the artists and writers in your family!

Mailed submissions may be sent to:

X-Iota Development


P.O. Box 6173

Marrietta, GA 30006

Mary, Mystical Rose is available at Use the promo code xiota for a 33% discount. The book is also available at,


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