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Also by Fr. Milward:What They're Saying ...
A Commentary on the Sonnets of G.M. Hopkins - paperback
A Lifetime with Hopkins - paperback
A Poem of the New Creation - hardcover
God - hardcover
The Lord - hardcover
The Spirit - hardcover
Ways of Prayer - paperback
The Enclosed Garden - hardcover
This is the Gospel according to Mary, standing as she does as Mater Ecclesiae, or Mother of the Church . Her place in the New Testament is even more hidden than that of Peter behind the synoptics and that of John, whose identity is concealed behind the name of the beloved disciple. Nor is it only to be seen in the first two chapters of Luke, corresponding to the place of Joseph in the first two chapters of Matthew, but it may be discerned throughout the New Testament in her typically feminine inspiration allied with yet subordinate to that of the Holy Spirit.
Such is the plan of my present book, to which I give the simple title of Mary, as it were paired with my previous book entitled The Enclosed Garden. In that book I dealt with the presence of Mary in the Scriptures as known to her, namely what we call the Old Testament, and as meditated by her previous to the Annunciation of the Angel in the fullness of time. After all, from her feminine viewpoint, those Scriptures may well be regarded in terms of the Song of Songs as a Garden of the Soul, in which she ever took her delight.
Then, following as it were in her footsteps, I went on to compose further Biblical meditations on the three persons of the Holy Trinity, under the successive titles of God for the Father, The Lord for the Son, and The Spirit , in which I gradually move from the Old to the New Testament. Now, therefore, as it were returning in my end to my beginning, I turn back to Mary, this time with exclusive reference to the New Testament, presenting her not only as Mother of Jesus, as she appears in the first two chapters of Luke, but also as Mother of the Church, as Second Eve with Jesus as Second Adam, as Our Lady with Our Lord, even as mediatrix of all graces with Him whom Paul proclaims (in I Tim.ii.5) as the one mediator between God and men, and as Theotokos, as defined at the Council of Ephesus in 431 AD.
Peter Milward's Mary is a brilliant meditation on the hidden Gospel of Mary enabling us to see her as we never have before. Evocative as it is imaginative, charming as it is learned, Milward recounts the familiar narrative of gospel events in which Mary plays her illustrious part, enriching each episode with fresh insights, surprising analogies, rich cultural histories, and lively etymologies. -- Angela Alaimo O'Donnell, author of Mortal Blessings: A Sacramental Farewell
Mary might seem elusive and enigmatic to contemporary believers. But Peter Milward, SJ, affirms that she and her place are seen throughout the New Testament in her typically feminine inspiration, allied with yet subordinate to that of the Holy Spirit. Referring extensively and exclusively to the New Testament, he presents her not only as Mother of Jesus but also as, among other images, Second Eve with Jesus as Second Adam, and Mother of God. Milward's rich book makes a compelling case for Mary as Mother of the Church, drawing from Simeon's prophesy in the temple and from her suffering at the foot of the cross. By the end of this lovely work, the reader will agree with Father Milward that angels appear to human beings, but never with such words of high praise as with Mary. --James Martin, SJ, author of Jesus: A Pilgrimage
Father Milward has given us another jewel to add to our treasure of meditations. With erudition that always seems to startle, and a voice that never fails to charm, this little volume dedicated entirely to Mary may be his most grace-filled, his gentlest, and perhaps his finest. It is a delight. --Dena Hunt, author of the award-winning novel, Treason
About the Author
Born in London on October 12, 1925, Peter Milward attended the Jesuit school of the Sacred Heart, Wimbledon, and joined the Society of Jesus at St Beuno s College, Wales, in 1943. After studies of the Classics and English at Campion Hall, Oxford, he went to Japan in 1954, and after his ordination to the priesthood in 1960, he has been teaching English literature (with special attention to Shakespeare) at Sophia University, Tokyo, from 1962 onwards. Over the past 50 years he has authored some 400 books (in both English and Japanese), most of them published in Japan, but his many academic books on Shakespeare and Hopkins have attracted readers in both England and America, as well as Japan. The author is now living in retirement in SJ House, Tokyo, at the age of 89. Besides Mary, other books by Father Milward published by Kaufmann are entitled A Poem of the New Creation (2009), The Enclosed Garden (2010), God (2011), The Lord (2012), The Spirit (2013), and Ways of Prayer (2013).
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