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Our Lady and the Church Paperback – January 1, 2005
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"This is an extraordinarily instructive book that well deserves the new life given it by Zaccheus Press." -- First Things, May 2005
"This marvelous work is one of the most important theological rediscoveries of the 20th century." -- Pope Benedict XVI
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Fr. Rahner takes the major marian doctrines of, for example, her Immaculate Conception, Perpetual Virginity, Divine Maternity, etc., and with parallels from the Church fathers shows how the Church is prefigured in Mary, and how Our Lady is the model and fullfilment of the Church's members. The short book is well organized and chock-full of apt quotes from the great (Greek and Latin) fathers (e.g., Ambrose, Augustine, Ephrem the Syrian, etc.).
This book is a great summary and companion text to accompany one's other, more involved and specific quests in Mariology. I read it inbetween two wonderful books by Fr. Luigi Gambero: (1) Mary and the Fathers of the Church, and (2) Mary in the Middle Ages--also published by Ignatius Press.
I can't tell you how much these books, and other like them, have helped stir, legitimately direct and increase my devotion to Our Lady ("Domina"). And, since where Mary is, the Lord is also, these books have helped me grow in love and adoration of our Savior; Mary's vocation was, is and ever shall be to "magnify the Lord," in a way in which only she--by the graces and election of Almighty God--is capable.
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.
“We expect brothers to bear a likeness to each other, but we often find the unlikeness to be more glaring than the likeness… Hugo and Karl Rahner were brothers of this contrasting kind. They were members of the same religious as well as natural family; both were Jesuit priests. Their work within the Society of Jesus was also the same: the study and teaching of theology. But they set about their work in very different ways. In the style in which they expressed themselves, in the sources upon which they drew, and often, so it would seem, in their fundamental understanding of what constitutes the science of sacred doctrine, these spiritual sons of Saint Ignatius, these physical sons of Karl the elder and Luisa Rahner, showed few signs of kinship. The prose of Karl Rahner is heavy with the earnestness and complexity of the stereotypical German professor; Hugo has a lighter touch, and writes with glimmers of humor and a poet’s feel for words. Karl appears lost in conversation with himself and his modern mentors (usually unnamed); Hugo lets the masters of Catholic tradition speak for themselves. Karl is a “Transcendental Thomist,” engaged in rethinking Thomistic metaphysics from a Kantian starting-point, a project that to most Thomists has as much intelligibility as the squaring of the circle. Hugo is a contented disciple of Sint Thomas, as is evident in his little book on play, inspired, he says, by the “genius” of the Angelic Doctor and his doctrine of eutrapelia (playfulness).Read more ›
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... That this book, this Rahner, is the one whose theology will endure.
This is not only Mariology, it is Ecclesiology.
And it is brilliant.
Our beautiful Lady and our beautiful Church are constantly mirroring each other immaculately throughout the pages of this book. Read morePublished on June 11, 2011 by Kristine
I stumbled upon this a few years ago, not expecting much... and discovered an amazing book. I'm fairly well-versed in Catholic theology, and didn't think I had much to learn on... Read morePublished on April 9, 2008 by Kurt
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... Read morePublished on May 22, 2007 by Melekali