Mary Of The Americas

Author: Christopher Rengers
Editor: St Pauls Publishing
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The apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Tepeyac Hill northeast of Mexico City on December 12, 1531, when she left her image imprinted on the cloak of an Aztec Indian named Juan Diego, continue to fascinate believers and nonbelievers alike the world over. She came from heaven with the tenderness of a mother to invite all those who, even in the centuries to come, would dwell on the American continent, to a life of holiness, prayer and peace by following Jesus, her divine Son. Details of the apparitions, the miracle of the roses, the amazing discoveries regarding Mary's image on the tilma, and the import of her message for the world today are set forth with uncommon clarity and devotion in this highly readable and fully illustrated book.

The Community Of The Beautiful

Author: Alex García-Rivera
Editor: Liturgical Press
ISBN: 9780814659236
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The claim has been made that we are gripped today in an "aesthetic crisis" with considerable theological ramifications. Aesthetics, which has existed since the first human heart was moved by the influence of the beautiful, has played a major role, both implicit and explicit, in theological reflection. In The Community of the Beautiful Alejandro Garca-Rivera draws from the North American philosophical tradition and Hispanic theological thought to propose a new aesthetic principle: a redemptive building of the community of the beautiful. The Community of the Beautiful focuses on the premise that religion and beauty go together. Yet today hundreds of theological treatises continue to speak solely of the ?truth? of their claims. The Community of the Beautiful addresses this silence with a proposal about the relationship between God and the beautiful. It asks the question: How can the finite human creature name the nameless, perceive the imperceptible, make visible the invisible? The answer is what Hans Urs von Balthasar called a theological aesthetics. The Community of the Beautiful is not simply an analysis of Balthasar?s theology; there exists a more personal and concrete reason for a reconsideration of the connection between God and the beautiful. The experience of a particular living ecclesial tradition, the Latin Church of the Americas, may be a guide to a world that lost its confidence in the religious dimensions of the beautiful. Garca-Rivera recasts the question of theological aesthetics posed above in light of the religious experience of the Latin Church of the Americas so that the question becomes: What moves the human heart? To answer that question, Garca-Rivera draws on a long-ignored philosophical tradition. The philosophical semiotics of Charles Peirce and Josiah Royce enter into dialogue with the theological aesthetics of Hans Urs von Balthasar to describe the traditional transcendentals, the True and the Good, as communities. The final transcendental, the beautiful, enters into conversation with the semiotic aesthetics of Jan Mukarovsky and the religious experience of the Latin American Church to become the dazzling vision of the community of the beautiful, God?s community. Chapters are "Pied Beauty," "A Different Beauty," "Seeing the Form," "The Community of the True," "The Community of the Good," "The Community of the Beautiful," and "Lifting up the Lowly."?. . . a masterful interpretation of U.S. Hispanic popular Catholicism as an expression of a theological aesthetics. . .? Journal of Hispanic/Latino Theology?The Community of the Beautiful is itself an imaginative tour de force, deserving a wide readership.? William R. O?Neill, S.J. Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley and the Graduate Theological Union ?This work fulfills the considerable promise theology from a Hispanic perspective holds for all the Church. No one interested in the renewal of Christian thought should fail to read this important book.? Don. H. Compier Church Divinity School of the Pacific/Graduate Theological Union?A long overdue breakthrough in theology?a beautiful contribution toward a truly Pan-American theology of the next millenium . . . definitely one of the greatest intellectual-artistic masterpieces. . . . ? Rev. Virgilio Elizondo Mexican American Cultural Center?This book is a major achievement. It brings together streams of thought usually not considered compatible with one another to create a stunning conversation about theological aesthetics. Written in a clear and accessible prose, it deserves to be read by a wide audience of people interested in aesthetics, American pragmatism, the theology of Hans Urs von Balthasar, and Hispanic/Latino theology. Garca-Rivera has advanced the discussion on all these fronts.? Robert J. Schreiter Catholic Theological Union?With the publication of The Community of the Beautiful, professor Garca-Rivera joins the ranks of major theologians in the United States; and in the true spirit of mestizaje, his work not only endows Hispanic-American theology with new depth of insight, but it also enriches theologically the entire Church. It simultaneously advances both Hispanic American and Euro-American theology by setting those two cultural and theological traditions into a remarkably creative and speculative dialogue.? Donald L. Gelpi, S.J. The Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley

Mary Mother And Warrior

Author: Linda B. Hall
Editor: University of Texas Press
ISBN: 0292779240
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A Mother who nurtures, empathizes, and heals... a Warrior who defends, empowers, and resists oppression... the Virgin Mary plays many roles for the peoples of Spain and Spanish-speaking America. Devotion to the Virgin inspired and sustained medieval and Renaissance Spaniards as they liberated Spain from the Moors and set about the conquest of the New World. Devotion to the Virgin still inspires and sustains millions of believers today throughout the Americas. This wide-ranging and highly readable book explores the veneration of the Virgin Mary in Spain and the Americas from the colonial period to the present. Linda Hall begins the story in Spain and follows it through the conquest and colonization of the New World, with a special focus on Mexico and the Andean highlands in Peru and Bolivia, where Marian devotion became combined with indigenous beliefs and rituals. Moving into the nineteenth century, Hall looks at national cults of the Virgin in Mexico, Bolivia, and Argentina, which were tied to independence movements. In the twentieth century, she examines how Eva Perón linked herself with Mary in the popular imagination; visits contemporary festivals with significant Marian content in Spain, Peru, and Mexico; and considers how Latinos/as in the United States draw on Marian devotion to maintain familial and cultural ties.

Mary In Our Life

Author: Nicholas Joseph Santoro
Editor: iUniverse
ISBN: 1462040225
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Mary In Our Life: An Atlas of the Names and Titles of Mary, The Mother of Jesus, and Their Place in Marian Devotion presents the 1,969 names, titles, and appellations used to identify the Blessed Virgin Mary over the centuries in terms of their history and related events. Within these titles and their history can be seen the official and private attitudes and prejudices of the times; government pressures, conflicts, and interdictions; internal problems within the Catholic Church; and startling examples of dedication, devotion, and piety. Taken together, Marian titles are a real-life story of the Catholic faith.

Saints And Blesseds Of The Americas

Author: Fr. Daniel P. Ewald
Editor: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 9781462840229
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Kirkus Discoveries book review: Part devotional guide, part encyclopedia, Saints and Blesseds of the Americas will find a welcome place on the shelves of a new generation of Catholics. Ewalds tidy collection provides an exhaustive, country-by-country listing of all the Catholic saints and blesseds of the Western world. In Catholic theology, saints serve as intercessors between humanity and God; blessedsthose who have undergone the process of beatificationare only one step away from becoming saints. Believers pray to either for aid in any number of life pursuits. Perhaps the most gratifying aspect of this catalogue is the fact that it is extremely up to date. Ewald provides not only the saints and blesseds of old but also those recently beatified and canonized. For example, he presents the Blessed Lindalva Justo de Oliveira, martyred in 1993 and beatified by Pope Benedict XVI just last year. This is a timely reference guide at least in part because the previous popeJohn Paul IIwas a prolific supporter of the path to sainthood. According to the Vatican, Pope John Paul II beatified and canonized more individuals than all the popes of the past five centuries combined. Thus, Ewald fulfills an important role in bringing his devout readership up to speed. But currentness is not the volumes only strength. Ewald paints quick but thorough sketches of his many subjects. His brief biographies never run much more than a page or two, but he has an eye for the fine points, and his portraits are always extremely pertinentthere are as few wasted details as there are wasted words. However, though his book serves best as a reference volume, it also provides a surprisingly gratifying reading experience. Ewald has the skill of a storyteller, and each biography features a neat narrative arc. A helpful compendium to the heroes of the American Catholic Church. Ewald, Fr. Daniel P. SAINTS AND BLESSEDS OF THE AMERICAS Xlibris (318 pp.) 2008 ISBN: 978-1-4363-6762-2 Paper: 978-1-4363-6761-5 Kirkus Discoveries, Nielsen Business Media, 770 Broadway, New York, NY 10003 [email protected]

Our Lady Of The America S

Author: Estela Ruiz
Editor: St Andrews Productions
ISBN: 9781891903168
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A Critical Introduction To Religion In The Americas

Author: Michelle A. Gonzalez
Editor: NYU Press
ISBN: 147980097X
Size: 13,53 MB
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A Critical Introduction to Religion in the Americas argues that we cannot understand religion in the Americas without understanding its marginalized communities. Despite frequently voiced doubts among religious studies scholars, it makes the case that theology, and particularly liberation theology, is still useful, but it must be reframed to attend to the ways in which religion is actually experienced on the ground. That is, a liberation theology that assumes a need to work on behalf of the poor can seem out of touch with a population experiencing huge Pentecostal and Charismatic growth, where the focus is not on inequality or social action but on individual relationships with the divine. By drawing on a combination of historical and ethnographic sources, this volume provides a basic introduction to the study of religion and theology in the Latino/a, Black, and Latin American contexts, and then shows how theology can be reframed to better speak to the concerns of both religious studies and the real people the theologians' work is meant to represent. Informed by the dialogue partners explored throughout the text, this volume presents a hemispheric approach to discussing lived religious movements. While not dismissive of liberation theologies, this approach is critical of their past and offers challenges to their future as well as suggestions for preventing their untimely demise. It is clear that the liberation theologies of tomorrow cannot look like the liberation theologies of today. Instructor's Guide

America S Church

Author: Thomas A. Tweed
Editor: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199831483
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The National Shrine in Washington, DC has been deeply loved, blithely ignored, and passionately criticized. It has been praised as a "dazzling jewel" and dismissed as a "towering Byzantine beach ball." In this intriguing and inventive book, Thomas Tweed shows that the Shrine is also an illuminating site from which to tell the story of twentieth-century Catholicism. He organizes his narrative around six themes that characterize U.S. Catholicism, and he ties these themes to the Shrine's material culture--to images, artifacts, or devotional spaces. Thus he begins with the Basilica's foundation stone, weaving it into a discussion of "brick and mortar" Catholicism, the drive to build institutions. To highlight the Church's inclination to appeal to women, he looks at fund-raising for the Mary Memorial Altar, and he focuses on the Filipino oratory to Our Lady of Antipolo to illustrate the Church's outreach to immigrants. Throughout, he employs painstaking detective work to shine a light on the many facets of American Catholicism reflected in the shrine.

Mary Of Guadalupe Our Mother And Our Hope

Author: Raúl Lugo
Editor: LiturgyTrainingPublications
ISBN: 1616713038
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This booklet introduces Our Lady of Guadalupe from her historical, religious, and cultural roots. She is a main pillar of faith and identity of Catholic immigrants from Mexico and Latin America, as we see their profound faith and devotion. This booklet is based on the story of her apparitions (Nican Mopohua), and connects her message with Gospel values transmitted in the tradition of the Church (see Evangelii Gaudium, 167). Each one of the five chapters includes a beautiful illustration, a liturgical reference related to the Blessed Virgin Mary, and a brief suggestion for prayer.

The Virgin Of El Barrio

Author: Kristy Nabhan-Warren
Editor: NYU Press
ISBN: 9780814758243
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A thorough ethnography that sweeps the reader into the world of Marian visionary Estela Ruiz, her family and followers, and the evangelizing ministries they have created in South Phoenix.