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What did Our Lady have to do with Creation?

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We sat down with Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC, the spiritual director of the Thirteenth of the Month Club, to talk about his latest volume of Mater Misericordiae: The Virgin Mary and Creation.

What is this book about?
Mater Misericordiae is the fourth volume of an academic journal that I have been compiling for a few years. This particular volume delves into the field of cosmology, looking into the origin and meaning of creation and the universe through a Marian lens.

To whom might you recommend this book?
Overall, this journal is academic in nature and appeals to a relatively small crowd. But if there are members of the Thirteenth of the Month Club who want to go deeper into Mariology, I think this will appeal to them.

In recent Church history, this type of deep, traditional Mariology has become unpopular. Today, the average theology degree at a Catholic university teaches only the very basics. This journal attempts to retrieve a more complex Mariological study for those who are interested.

So, what does Mary have to do with creation?
As they studied Wisdom Literature of the Old Testament, medieval saints, scholars, and mystics suggested that God had imprinted a Marian stamp on all of creation. Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, a Doctor of the Church, was probably one of the more notable saints who explored this field of Mariology. Another Doctor of the Church, St. Lawrence of Brindisi from the 17th century, once said it this way: "Every gift, every grace, every good that we have and that we receive continually, we receive through Mary. If Mary did not exist, neither would we, nor would the world."

This journal contends that God created the universe with a Marian imprint because He had the Blessed Virgin Mary present in mind from the very beginning, before she existed in time. Think about it. When an artist creates something, he already has the image in his head; he just has to get it out on the canvas. So, in His divine mind, God already knew exactly what His creation was going to look like before He completed her, and he let this thought of her influence Him while He created the world.

Why is this journal especially important for our times?
Today, many people are attracted to pagan religions. Deep down we have an inherent need for the Blessed Mother, but modern man looks for something else to play her role. Instead of developing a relationship with the Blessed Mother, people turn to new age ideas and practices. But all we need is Our Lady. She's meant to play an indispensable role in our spiritual lives.

It's fascinating that centuries ago when scientists and explorers were making new discoveries, they named many of the things they discovered after Our Lady. Even in the United States, the original name of the Mississippi River was the Immaculate Conception. The City of Los Angeles isn't exactly it's full name. It's the city of Our Lady, Queen of the Angels. We can all see the Marian imprint God put into creation, and this book just gets to the root of that idea. 

To order Mater Misericordiae, visit ShopMercy.org or call 1-800-462-7426. (Product code: TH-MMV4)

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