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Our Lady Saint Mary by J.G.H. Barry is a beautifully written and deeply thought-provoking book that explores the life and character of one of Christianity's most revered figures, the Virgin Mary. Through a combination of historical research, theological analysis, and personal reflections, Barry delves into the enigmatic persona of Mary, shedding light on her importance not only to the Christian faith but also on her enduring global influence.

The author's meticulous research is evident throughout the book, as he provides a comprehensive overview of Mary's life, starting from her childhood and tracing her journey as the mother of Jesus Christ. Barry skillfully presents a multitude of historical sources and Scripture passages, offering readers a nuanced understanding of Mary's significance and her portrayal in different cultural contexts.

What sets this book apart is Barry's ability to balance historical analysis with a deeply personal and reflective tone. He dives into the theological implications of Mary's various titles and explores the multifaceted roles she plays in different Christian traditions. The author's rich prose and attention to detail create an immersive reading experience, making it easy for readers to engage with the compelling narrative he presents.

Barry continuously encourages readers to contemplate the impact of Mary's life and message on their own spiritual journey, prompting introspection and self-reflection. As the author delves into the theological complexities surrounding Mary's immaculate conception, perpetual virginity, and assumption into Heaven, he considers various interpretations and calls for a respectful dialogue among readers of different faiths and denominations.

While the book primarily focuses on Mary's role within Christianity, it also recognizes her significance in other religious traditions, which adds a broader perspective to the narrative. Barry argues convincingly that Mary's story has transcended sectarian boundaries, allowing her to become a symbol of hope, grace, and love for millions around the globe.

One aspect that stands out is the book's structuring, with each chapter exploring a different aspect of Mary's life or representation, making it easy for readers to navigate and absorb the information at their own pace. Furthermore, Barry's eloquent writing style makes complex theological concepts accessible to a wide audience, retaining the interest of both scholars and casual readers alike.

If there is one minor critique, it would be that at certain points, the author's personal reflections could occasionally overshadow the historical and theological analysis, leaving readers longing for more in-depth exploration of certain topics.

In conclusion, Our Lady Saint Mary is an enlightening and captivating read that offers an insightful exploration of Mary's life, character, and enduring influence. J.G.H. Barry combines historical research, theological analysis, and personal reflections to present a well-rounded and engaging portrait of one of Christianity's most beloved figures. This book is a valuable resource for anyone seeking to deepen their understanding of Mary, her significance within Christianity, and her impact across cultures and religions.

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J. G. H. BARRY, D.D.


Would that it might happen to me that I should be called a fool by the unbelieving, in that I have believed such things as these.








The two papers in Part I have been published in the American Church Magazine. Of Part II Chapter 1 has been published separately; Chapters 2, 4, 7, 9 and 12 have been published in the Holy Cross Magazine. The rest of the volume is here published for the first time.

I would emphasise the fact that the contents of Part II is a series of sermons which were prepared as such, and were preached in the Church of S. Mary the Virgin, New York City, for the most part in the Winter of 1921 22. In preparing them for publication in this volume no attempt has been made to alter their sermon character. It is not a theological treatise on the Blessed Virgin that I have attempted, but a devotional presentation of her life.

I have added to the text as originally prepared certain prayers and poems. The object of the selection of the prayers, almost exclusively from the Liturgies of the Catholic Church, is to illustrate the prevalence of the address of devotion to our Lady throughout Christendom... Continue reading book >>

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