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Overview Our Lady and the Church is one of the great works of twentieth-century theology-a profound meditation on the riches to be found in the writings of the Early Church Fathers about Mary. Filled with richly poetic, sometimes startling imagery, Our Lady and the Church is the rare book that appeals with equal power to both the mind and the heart. "Hugo Rahner's great achievement was his rediscovery, in the Fathers, of the indivisibility of Mary and the Church. This marvelous book is one of the most important theological rediscoveries of the twentieth century." -Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger "With engaging clarity, this pioneering study sets forth the vast range of biblical metaphors the Fathers applied to Mary and the Church: ark of the covenant, valiant woman, treasure-laden ship. This rich theology of poetry and image has much to say to our more prosaic age." -Avery Cardinal Dulles
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Studio: Zaccheus Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.84" Width: 5.12" Height: 0.48" Weight: 0.45 lbs.
Release Date Jan 31, 2005
Publisher Zaccheus Press
ISBN 0972598111 ISBN13 9780972598118
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Just a Great Book Apr 10, 2008
I stumbled upon this book a few years ago, not expecting much... and it blew me away. I'm pretty well-versed in Catholic theology - didn't think I had much to learn on the subject of Mary - but I was wrong. This book is filled with a wealth of profoundly striking ideas and insights I had never considered before. Although the book is not an apologetic for the Catholic Church's Marian doctrines, in its presentation of the early Church Fathers' teaching on Mary, it is one of the most profound and persuasive apologetics on the subject I have ever read.
Barring any professional theologians who happen to be reading this post - and even those, I suspect, would have something to learn from this book - I can almost guarantee that if you are a believing Catholic you will find many new, wonderful, and inspiring insights about the Blessed Virgin Mary on these pages.
No less an authority than Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict, called this book "One of the most important theological rediscoveries of the twentieth century." At a minimum, this book demonstrates that Catholic Marian doctrines are rooted very deeply in Church history -- it establishes that very clearly indeed.
But beyond this, the book is INSPIRING -- it shows how the role of Mary is related in an organic and fundamental way to the role of Christ, not only at the time of the Virgin Birth, but for all time and for all believers -- all of whom are, like John, beloved disciples of Christ. You and me included.
"Behold your mother," Christ said upon the cross (John 19:27). This book penetrates those words to their deepest meaning; indeed, there's a sense in which it could be said that the entire book is a meditation on the full meaning of those words.
But the book treats too of those "difficult" passages, such as in Matthew: "While Jesus was still talking to the crowd, his mother and brothers stood outside, wanting to speak to him. Someone told him, 'Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to you.' He replied to him, 'Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?' Pointing to His disciples, He said, 'Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother'" (12:46-50).
In explaining this passage, Rahner quotes one of the Cappadocian fathers (late 4th century), who wrote: "Every soul carries Christ within herself as in her womb. But if she is not transformed through a holy life, she cannot be called Christ's mother. Yet whenever you receive Christ's word within you, and let it live in your heart, and build it up with your thoughts as in the womb, then you can be called Christ's mother" (p. 79-80).
In other words, Christ must be built up or "formed" in us (cf. Galatians 4:19). Or, as Gregory of Nyssa (a 4th century Church Father) put it, in each Christian, Christ "grows in diverse ways... According to the degree of grace in each, and according as each is ready to receive Him, He comes as a small child, as a growing boy, or as a mature man... Thus every Christian can become the mother of Him who... said: 'Whosoever shall do the will of My Father that is in heaven, he is My mother'" (p. 80-81).
The book just gets better and better as Rahner delves deeper and deeper into the mystery of Our Lady and the Church.
Short but powerful, this is one of the rare books where deep theological teaching rises to the level of an inspiring sermon, causing the reader's mind to be flooded with light, while the heart soars.
Brother of the Better Known Rahner Brilliant May 23, 2007
Hugo is Karl's brother and a fascinating and very insightful servant of the Lord. His words on our Lady and the Church really take the ancient tradition of Catholic teaching and bring it to the modern day reader in a delightful way.
A beautiful exposition on the Church and Mary May 4, 2007
This book was written nearly fifty years ago, and so it may have a dated feel at times, especially since the Church has put forth encyclicals (Marialis Cultus) and other writings on proper devotion to Mary. However what this book does do beautifully is to draw on scripture and tradition to illustrate the connections between Mary, The Church and salvation history. It helps the believer understand their place in all of this. It's a short and enriching read. I particularly enjoyed reading what the Church has been saying through the centuries about Mary.
Excellent Introduction to Marian Devotion Jun 18, 2006
I just finished "Our Lady and the Church," by Hugh Rahner. It's a terrific introduction to the direction that Pope John Paul II and now Benedict XVI would like Marian devotion in the Church to take. It certainly is a strong supporter of the Marian dogmas promulgated by the First Vatican Council in 1870, which Protestants (including myself) universally take issue with. But, it certainly showed me how the proper devotion that a Roman Catholic pays to the Virgin Mary necessarily must, and does, increase their love for Christ himself, and how the exalted view of Mary that the Church takes flows completely from the very exalted view that it takes of Christ. It does not deal at all with the many abuses associated with Marian devotion, preferring to commend what it sees as the best way, rather than attack erroneous ways (which we all could learn from). The whole book is full of the most wonderful quotations from the Fathers about Mary and her relationship to the Church, however given to the philosophical flights of fancy that tend to charcacterize much Marian devotion. And a wonderful little poem that Luther wrote while still Catholic. In short, it's a very interesting book which can greatly aid in the understanding of why the Catholic Church views Mary as it does, even if it not particularly convincing to most Protestants.
A profound and thought provoking analysis Sep 18, 2005
For anyone (Catholic, Protestant, or Jewish) trying to understand the high place accorded to Mary and her veneration in the Catholic(and Orthodox) Churches, this book is a good place to start. Written by Hugo Rahner, S.J., brother of better known "modernist" theologian, Carl Rahner, S.J., this book lays out, with numerous quotes from the Eastern and Western Fathers, medieval and modern theologians up to the brink of Vatican II, the perennial teaching of the Church that the Virgin Mary the immaculate Mother of Jesus is type and for-runner of the Church,a new creation as "Spotless Bride of Christ." - "What He bestowed on Mary in the Flesh, He has destowed on the Church in the Spirit:Mary gave birth to the One, and the Church gives birth to the Many, who through the One become one." - St,Augustine.
Thus the "Woman Clothed in the Sun giving birth to the man child" of Revelations 12:1,2,5 stands for Mary as iniciator of Salvation in Christ and the Church groaning in fulfillment until the end of time. In this dual yet single role can be seen the mediation of graces of Mary and the Church
It is also in this light, according to Fr. Rahner, that the the Catholic dogmas regarding Mary, especially that of the Assumption takes on meaning. "Our Lady's Assumption, the final history of the body of the woman who gave birth to God, is therefore not so much an exception to the rule, but much more a fulfilling in advance of what is promised to the whole Mystical Body of Christ." This is a must read book on Mariology.