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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Augustine of Hippo

We believe that Christ was born of the Virgin Mary because it is written thus in the Gospel; we believe that he was crucified and died, because it is written thus in the Gospel; and we believe that he was truly born and truly died because the Gospel is the truth. Just why he willed to subject himself to all the weaknesses of the flesh he assumed in the womb of a woman is a hidden design, known to him alone.
(cited in Gambero, 220)


cmfincher said...

Gambero-- a marvelous resource. I had taken it down off the shelf about a week ago, put it back for lack of time, and then stumbled on your entry today and took Gambero back off the shelf and put it at the bottom of my "to read" stack.

If you have any other volumes to recommend on the subject, please do.

Pax tecum.

Timothy D. May said...

Gambero is a recent find and it is far from done. Another book I have done some reading in is "Mary Through the Centuries" by J. Pelikan. (The better informed are invited to add to this list.)

Speaking of "to read" stacks and wish lists I will say no more for lack of space.

Timothy D. May said...


If you return, here are a couple other books on the subject: J.H. Newman's book (the name escapes me), "Mary: The Church at the Source" by H. Balthasar and J. Ratzinger and "The Church: Selected Writings of Arthur Carl Piepkorn."

From the latter:
"The official editions of our Church's Symbols twice apply to her the title that the Council of Ephesus approved in 431, "The woman who gave birth to God," or, as we usually translate it into English, "Mother of God." They speak of her perpetual maidenhood and the birth of our Saviour without violation of her virgin estate. They call her "the pure, most holy, and most praiseworthy Virgin." And they cheerfully concede that in the presence of God she is interceding for the entire Church upon earth."
(The Church, 289-290)