Our Lady and the Church
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By Hugo Rahner
Our Lady and the Church, first published in English shortly after the declaration of the dogma of the Assumption, is a testament to the breadth and depth of Hugo Rahner’s Mariology. The humble life of the Virgin Mary is the stage for the Incarnation of the Son of God and his founding of the one, holy, catholic, apostolic Church. In eleven visionary chapters, Rahner weaves the wisdom of the Church Fathers with his own insights to show the unity of Mary and the Church and the effects of that relationship on the spiritual life of every Christian.
“We must learn to see the Church in our Lady, and in our Lady the Church. The two mysteries are most intimately connected, and a deeper understanding of both together will bring us to realize better the meaning of grace in our souls.”
Hugo Rahner, S.J., (1900–1968) was a Catholic priest, theologian, and Church historian. Professor of theology at the University of Innsbruck, he became Dean and then President of the University following World War II. His scholarship in Patristics, lauded by Pope Benedict XVI, helped rediscover the profound connections between Mariology and ecclesiology.