The Audacity to be Divine


Mary Mrozowski was a quintessential New York housewife living in the depth of despair. Bearing the secret of her family’s tumultuous past, Mary reclaimed her truth and strove for redemption against all odds — transcending as a social activist, international organizer, and spiritual leader for the masses.

 Mary was able to transcend worlds. Having integrated Christian modalities with Eastern philosophies, she established a lay monastic house of contemplation called “Chrysalis House.” She mingled as an equal with spiritual and religious leaders, companions and strangers. As her teachings led her across five continents, thousands followed, considering her a modern-day saint, role model for transformation, and sage for self-fulfillment.

 Seeking truth was her religion. Amidst a sea of neutrally dressed spiritual leaders, out would walk Mary – a vision in a bold red dress and heels. She did not fit in and she did not want to — she was embraced by those who found solace in her relatability and charisma beyond measure.

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“The Mary I knew for the last 8 years of her life, when she and I lived and worked full time together, founding and forming Chrysalis House, shines forth here. I am so grateful to Judy Halbreich for animating her mother’s rich contemplative life, inspired teaching, and vibrant humanity. The Mary here is not a one-dimensional saint, but a vibrant radiating outbreath of the Spirit, dancing in compassion and wisdom and human foibles. This book is an essential read for any Centering Prayer student, for Mary was Fr Thomas Keating’s early partner in animating Centering Prayer’s integration into everyday life. If you want to integrate Centering Prayer into your life, look to Mary Mrozowski (and this book) for guidance and example.”

5 x 0.4 x 8 inches; 7.5 oz



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Weight.47 lbs
Dimensions5 × .4 × 8 in