Mary the Perfect Contemplative depicts the Mother of God in a new and lovely light. Mary was designated by God as the instrument of humanity's redemption from her immaculate conception until her physical assumption into heaven. As the Father's daughter, the Son's mother, and the Holy Spirit's spouse, Mary was gifted with supernatural talents that enabled her to live a contemplative life of grace. She, unlike us, was created without sin. Nonetheless, her dependence on faith, although not having a complete picture of God's plan of redemption throughout her earthly existence, makes her the appropriate model of faith for us. She is the ideal contemplative, pondering in her heart the mysteries she has experienced during her life.
For her portrayal of Our Lady, author Barbara Hughes, O.C.D.S., looks to Sacred Scripture as the primary reference. She draws on two thousand years of Sacred Tradition for vibrant detail, found in the works of church fathers, saints, and theologians. Finally, Hughes discovers more depth and beautiful insights of Mary's internal existence in the mystical writings of the Carmelite saints and Church Doctors.
The Carmelite saints—our Lady of Mount Carmel's anointed brothers and sisters—are wonderful guides who help us navigate the mystical waters of contemplation and intimacy with God, which Mary exemplifies. Saints John of the Cross and Teresa of Jesus teach us the value of living by faith, especially when God appears to be absent or when his plans are hidden from even the most holy individuals, such as Mary. This book is dedicated to all of Mary's adoring children, providing them with an intimate portrayal of their Blessed Mother.
Paperback. 416 pages.