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For the first time in the history of Marian writing, here is a book that co-ordinates and integrates the dogmatic truths underlying devotion to Mary with a solid, unsentimental, and balanced application of these truths to the life of the soul.
The author lucidly demonstrates that, since God has given Mary an all-pervading place in His scheme for the redemption of man, it follows that if we wish to grow in love of God—the goal of all spiritual striving—we will give Mary a corresponding place in our soul-life.
This book shows us how to achieve such fusion of God-centered and Mary-informed spirituality. It provides a basic orientation in ascetic principles and explains the classic steps in spiritual and mystical growth, drawing always on the texts of Scripture, the Fathers and Doctors of the Church, the great commentators, and the modern papal pronouncements.
This is a fundamental text of Marian spirituality, for private study, for class and study-club use, for aid in spiritual direction. It is at once simple, clear, and logical, yet fortified by rich documentation and reference material. With Index and questions for discussion.
Father William G. Most (1914-1999) was born in Dubuque, Iowa. After preparatory studies at Loras Academy and Loras College and theological studies at the Catholic University of America, he was ordained priest in 1940. The Catholic University of America conferred the Ph.D. on him in 1946. He was a professor of Latin and Greek at Loras College in Dubuque throughout his teaching career. Father Most also served as convent chaplain, spiritual director of many students, and study-club moderator. He published twelve books and contributed to various periodicals, including the American Ecclesiastical Review, Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Classical Journal, and Homiletic and Pastoral Review.
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