Item description for Mary: God's Yes to Man : Pope John Paul II Encyclical Letter : Mother of the Redeemer by John Paul II, Catholic Church & Hans Urs Von Balthasar...
Overview Introduction by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, Commentary by Hans Urs von Balthasar. Pope John Paul II's only encyclical on our Blessed Mother, with introduction by the Cardinal Prefect of the congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, and commentary by one of the world's leading Catholic theologians, Hans Urs von Balthasar. The Church's supreme magisterium and representative of the Church's most penetrating theological reflection combine to provide for all the faithful a rich and concise compendium of the Mother of the Redeemer. The development of traditional Marian dogma in the light of the present day bears the Pope's unmistakable personal stamp. The three parts of the encyclical ("Mary in the Mystery of Christ", "The Mother of God in the Midst of the Pilgrim Church" and "Motherly Mediation") draw predominantly from two sources: Sacred Scripture and the central documents of the Second Vatican Council. There is a particular emphasis on ecumenism. What binds all Christians to Mary becomes ever clearer: she is the model of their faith.
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More About John Paul II, Catholic Church & Hans Urs Von Balthasar
John Paul II was elected to the papacy on October 16, 1978. He has written 13 encyclicals, 13 apostolic exhortations, 11 apostolic constitutions, 41 apostolic letters, and two books, Crossing the Threshold of Hope and Gift and Mystery: On the 50th Anniversary of My Priestly Ordination.
Paul II is the first non-Italian pope since 1523 and the first polish pope.
John Paul II was born in 1920 and died in 2005.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Mary: God's Yes to Man : Pope John Paul II Encyclical Letter : Mother of the Redeemer?
Not for the uninitiated -- still a valuable treatise Jan 15, 2007
I turned to this encyclical as a sort of introduction to Catholic ideas about Mary, the subject being one of those which former Prostestants, especially former Fundamentalists like myself, have a very difficult time understanding. My ever-growing pro-Catholic sympathies are such that I found much here to enlighten me: an understanding of how Mary might be considered the best example of the Christian faith, for instance, and some of the hows and whys regarding Marian devotion. I found especially helpful and charming that those scenes in Mary's life the Pope focuses on are those which form the joyful meditations of the Rosary (annunciation, visitation, etc).
However, I'm not sure this was the best book solely about Mary for me to read first, and I'm sorry to say that I found the main text (that by John Paul II) to be a difficult read. Not because I couldn't follow it, but because the text is so quote- and symbol-heavy that it became repetitious and rather nebulous (both the intro by Cardinal Ratzinger/Benedict XVI and the commentary by von Balthasar, on the contrary, were succinct and helpful). I can't offer objective criticism here, having come to the book from a very particular perspective. So I'll simply say that it's probably not an ideal introduction to the topic--not for the uninitiated. I certainly wouldn't be so presumptious as to call it poorly reasoned, as another reviewer has done, because it is not intended to be a pro-Mary argument for non-Catholics.
Not so helpful for a non-Catholic Mar 9, 2006
I admire the three authors, and I was curious how they would present the ideas. Maybe one has to be Roman Catholic to follow the thread of these writings, because it struck me as poorly reasoned. As a tool to serve ecumenism, I think it fails. It does provide insight into the affinity these men have for Mary, and it frequently includes references to other works that would be of interest to serious students. It is nevertheless heartening to witness such emiment scholars treating the person of Mary with care and reverence.
Compelling, interest description of teaching on Virgin Mary Oct 15, 2002
As a young man in the process of converting to Catholicism, I found "Mary: God's Yes to Man" to be a very compelling, deep, and driving study of the role of the Blessed Virgin in History, in Tradition, in the Church, and in the lives of the modern believer. I went into this book with very little knowledge of who the Church says the Virgin Mary is, and coming out of it, I feel like I could comfortably explain the doctrine to anyone. The use of Biblical exegesis, and the style of Biblical interpretation was quite interesting for this former Protestant Evangelical. The Holy Father is an excellent writer, and both Cardinal Ratzinger and von Balthasar offer interesting commentary on his writings. A good read, seeing as it took me less than 36 hours to do so.