- Paperback: 302 pages
- Publisher: TAN Books (January 1, 1948)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0895554992
- ISBN-13: 978-0895554994
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,146,115 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Mother of the Saviour: And Our Interior Life Paperback – January 1, 1948
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To quote Father Garrigou-Lagrange, "...mercy is the virtue of the powerful and the good, who are capable of giving real assistance. That is why it is found in God especially...it is one of the greatest manifestations of His power and goodness. St Augustine remarked that it was more glorious for God to obtain good out of evil than to create out of nothing: it is greater to convert a sinner by giving him grace than to make a whole universe, Heaven and earth, out of nothing".
Then to continue with quoting from the next page, "Article 2, Principal Manifestations of Mercy", we see the power of the intercessory prayers of Mary : -
"Mary manifests herself as Mother of Mercy by being 'Health of the sick, Refuge of sinners, Comforter of the afflicted, Help of Christians.' The gradation of titles here is very beautiful ... Among creatures no one is higher than Mary, and yet no one is more approachable, more helpful and more gentle."
The most famous of the students of the noted author of this beautiful book by the late Father Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange OP, was Pope John Paul II.
The book is a wonderful read in this Jubilee Year of Mercy which is drawing to a close : The Jubilee Year of Mercy began on December 8th 2015, (Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary) and will end on November 20th 2016, the Feast of Christ the King.
We learn many things about Our Blessed Mother in this book. Her initial grace was greater than that of all the other martyrs combined (though still finite), she had full use of her cognitive faculties the moment she was conceived, she suffered greater than all the other saints combined, and many many others. Fr G-L also discusses pious devotions, such as the Total Consecration of St de Montfort. This is simply a wonderful book that will get you thinking more deeply about your Marion devotion and love of Mary. True, there are some things that are a bit difficult and technical theologically, but these difficulties should not deter you. In my opinion, there is no reason to ever not be reading G-L. He is by far the theologian that I trust most from the 20th and 21st century.
GL covers the key points in Mary's life that were catylysts in her receiving even further grace, which she without any sin, would not impede. Every charitable act that Mary did was worthy of all merit possible, from the daily kiss on the forehead of the child Jesus to her co-suffering in Christ's passion. As the Mother of God, Mary is described by Lagrange as having "supplicant omnipotence" (she gets what she asks for). How could a soul that constantly pleaded for her intercession be lost? As Trent noted, devotion to the Mary is a sign of predestination.
Read this and you will be unable to walk away without an increased appreciation for our Blessed Mother.