Original Grace: The Mystery of Mary (Paperback)
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O'Neill's Original Grace provides a fresh analysis of biblical texts and explores the rich tradition and development of Marian devotion, liturgical prayer, artwork, and dogma. It invites the reader to discover how our capacity for biblical and theological understanding matures over time, correcting our perception of Mary, the second Eve and the mother of Jesus the Christ, and of the place and role of women in church and society. This exhilarating book reveals the benefit that courageous questioning can bring to the church's self-understanding and to the vital relationships between women and men. In it we gently discover that a wise and good God is our Creator, affirming us in our gendered humanity, still slowly teaching us what went on in Eden, in Nazareth, and on Calvary.
About the Author
Mary Aquin O'Neill, RSM (1941-2016) taught theology at Loyola University, Maryland, and Notre Dame, and later co-founded, with Diane Caplin, Mount Saint Agnes Theological Center for Women in Baltimore, Maryland.