All Generations Will Call Me Blessed

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All Generations Will Call Me Blessed

Mary at the Millennium

Ecumenical in tone, this book views Mary through scriptural, patristic, and contemporary spiritual lenses. Marian devotions and liturgical feasts are explained, and four doctrines of Mary, including the Immaculate Conception, are explored in depth.

Mary the mother of Jesus was the only person present at the three major events in the Christian history of salvation: the Incarnation, the Crucifixion, and Pentecost. In this careful consideration of the holy mother, Redemptorist Jim McManus helps us ponder the mystery and grace of her presence and being. He discovers that "her 'Magnificat spirituality' is becoming more and more the spirituality of the Church . . . She is singing, as it were, the Church into the new millenium."

Though rooted in Catholic theology and seen through the lense of Vatican II, All Generations Will Call Me Blessed offers Protestant perspectives on Mary as well.

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"McManus (The Healing Power of the Sacraments) offers a nice little historical overview of the place of Mary in Christian theology. The author first examines the role of Mary as the 'first and perfect disciple.' He examines Matthew 12:46-50, Mark 3:31-35 and Luke 8:19-21, where Jesus says that family relationship provides no special access to his kingdom. McManus contends that while Mark and Matthew present apparently negative answers to the question of Mary's discipleship, Luke places the same event in an entirely different context and that, 'in Luke's mind, Mary is a model for disciples.' McManus proceeds to examine the ways that early Christian writers like Ignatius of Antioch, Ambrose and Athanasius, the first to call Mary Theotokos, or Mother of God, emphasize the centrality of Mary's life and spirituality to the work of Jesus. McManus also investigates the ways in which Protestant denominations incorporate Marian devotion into their worship. He provides a brief overview of the Holy Days devoted to Mary in the public worship of the Catholic Church, and he offers short descriptions of the many ways—rosary, novenas, Hail Marys, apparitions and pilgrimages—that contemporary Catholics engage in private Marian devotion. McManus contends that Mary's Magnificat (Luke 1:47-49) provides a spirituality for the third millennium, for her song proclaims that 'injustice will not have the last word . . . and she shares with us her faith vision of the reign of her Son at the heart of our world.' McManus's brevity and lucidity offer an easy-to-read guide to the many ways that Mary, the Mother of Jesus, has been understood in the past and present."
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"This readable and unique overview of historical Catholic and ecumenical views of Mary, mother of Jesus, is written by the Provincial Superior of the Redemptorist Congregation in Britain. McManus is not a Mariologist, but he has published books on spirituality and healing and is known for his international renewal center in England. The book is divided into sections on Mary (particularly as disciple) evident in scripture, the teachings of the early church fathers, later church teachings and theological developments among various denominations, and public and private aspects of Marian devotion. Illustrative quotations and analytical reflections in a concise, well-organized package make this useful for study groups, Marian societies, and anyone seeking updated perspectives on the special role of Mary in faith and history. The book concludes with a moving consideration of Mary's Magnificat (Luke 1) at the beginning of a new millennium. Recommended for public and academic libraries."
Library Journal


9780824517878
Paperback / 192 pages
Dimensions: 5 3/8 x 8 1/4
CROSSROAD, 1999