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Daughter Zion: Meditations on the Church's Marian Belief

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Daughter Zion explores the biblical witness to the Church's Marian dogmas? Mary's role as Mother of God, her virginity, the Immaculate Conception, and her Assumption into heaven. Cardinal Ratzinger examines how these beliefs are linked to the Church's faith in Jesus Christ. Far from competing with the truth about Christ, the Church's Marian beliefs uphold and underscore th ...more
Paperback, 82 pages
Published May 1st 2005 by Ignatius Press (first published 1977)
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The first portion of the book provides one of the best explorations of Mary as Virgin and Mother, as Theotokos, that I've encountered. The meditations in the portions on the Immaculate Conception and the Assumption included some beautiful insights into the Catholic faith. For such a short work, Daughter Zion is certainly quite an accomplishment. Readers should be aware going in, however, that the book is a theological meditation... it goes into more theological and exegetical detail than a praye ...more
A very concise and cogent theological reflection on a few of Mary's titles (Mother, Mother of God), and the connection between the theology of the Church, and the theology of Mary. Ratzinger's theology is, as usual, almost poetry.
While as an affirmation of Roman Catholic Marian theology this little book goes beyond what I would affirm as a Protestant, there is much here that is of benefit to any Christian. Ratzinger/Benedict is at his best when explaining those doctrines which have been most universally accepted by the church.
Great book on the Church's Marian Doctrine. In his typically simple and accessible style, Joseph Ratzinger gives a broad overview of the Church's Marian teaching. His simplicity and beauty in explaining these teachings is remarkable. There are tons of little gems in this little gem of a book!
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Recommended by James Schall in Another Sort of Learning, Bibliography.
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