Between Heaven and Earth: The Religious Worlds People Make and the Scholars Who Study Them

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Between Heaven and Earth explores the relationships men, women, and children have formed with the Virgin Mary and the saints in twentieth-century American Catholic history, and reflects, more broadly, on how people live in the company of sacred figures and how these relationships shape the ties between people on earth. In this boldly argued and beautifully written book, Robert Orsi also considers how scholars of religion occupy the ground in between belief and analysis, faith and scholarship.

Orsi infuses his analysis with an autobiographical voice steeped in his own Italian-American Catholic background--from the devotion of his uncle Sal, who had cerebral palsy, to a "crippled saint," Margaret of Castello; to the bond of his Tuscan grandmother with Saint Gemma Galgani.


Religion exists not as a medium of making meanings, Orsi maintains, but as a network of relationships between heaven and earth involving people of all ages as well as the many sacred figures they hold dear. Orsi argues that modern academic theorizing about religion has long sanctioned dubious distinctions between "good" or "real" religious expression on the one hand and "bad" or "bogus" religion on the other, which marginalize these everyday relationships with sacred figures.


This book is a brilliant critical inquiry into the lives that people make, for better or worse, between heaven and earth, and into the ways scholars of religion could better study of these worlds.

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About the author

Robert A. Orsi is Charles Warren Professor of the History of Religion in America, Harvard Divinity School. He is the author of The Madonna of 115th Street, winner of the John Gilmary Shea Prize of the American Catholic Historical Association; and of Thank You, St. Jude, winner of the 1998 Merle Curti Award in American Social History.
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Princeton University Press
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Published on
Oct 31, 2013
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Pages
264
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ISBN
9781400849659
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Language
English
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Genres
Religion / Christianity / Catholic
Religion / Comparative Religion
Religion / History
Religion / Spirituality
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TRUE DEVOTION TO MARY: WITH PREPARATION FOR TOTAL CONSECRATION

SAINT LOUIS DE MONTFORT


 — The Original and Best 1863 Translation from the French by Reverend Frederick William Faber, D.D. 

 — Two Books in One, True Devotion to Mary and 33-Day Preparation for Total Consecration

 — Includes Prefaces, an Introduction, information on True Devotion and Saint Louis De Montfort


 — A Classic Masterpiece of Marian Theology

 — Prayers are included in each of the 33 Day Preparation Days

 — Over 68,000 words including illustrations by Bartolome Esteban Murillo


 — Includes an Active Index and Table of Contents

 — Includes Active Links to Prayers and Endnotes


Publisher: Two Paperbacks and a Hardback Edition are available:


5"x8" Paperback Book: 

ISBN-13: 978-1-78379-000-5


6"x9" Paperback Book:

ISBN-13: 978-1-78379-011-1


6"x9" Hardback Book:

ISBN-13: 978-1-78379-004-3


A Treatise on the True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin or True Devotion to Mary is considered the greatest book on the Blessed Virgin Mary ever written and has been recommended and practiced by eight Popes. This is the original ‘scrupulously faithful’ translation by Reverend Frederick William Faber, D.D.. The great Marian Pope, Blessed Pope John Paul II practiced this Devotion to Mary, in his Letter to the Montfort Fathers he says:


“A work destined to become a classic of Marian spirituality was published 160 years ago. St. Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort wrote the Treatise on True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin at the beginning of the 1700s, but the manuscript remained practically unknown for more than a century. When, almost by chance, it was at last discovered in 1842 and published in 1843, the work was an instant success, proving extraordinarily effective in spreading the “true devotion” to the Most Holy Virgin.”


“My motto; ‘Totus Tuus’ is inspired by the teaching of St. Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort. These two words express total belonging to Jesus through Mary: ‘Tuus totus ego sum, et omnia mea tua sunt,’ St Louis Marie wrote, and he translates his words: ‘I am all yours, and all that I have is yours, O most loving Jesus, through Mary, your most holy Mother’ (Treatise on True Devotion, n. 233). This Saint’s teaching has had a profound influence on the Marian devotion of many of the faithful and on my own life. It is a lived teaching of outstanding ascetic and mystical depth, expressed in a lively and passionate style that makes frequent use of images and symbols.”


“All our perfection,” St. Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort writes, “consists in being conformed, united and consecrated to Jesus Christ; and therefore, the most perfect of all devotions is, without any doubt, that which most perfectly conforms, unites and consecrates us to Jesus Christ. Now, Mary being the most conformed of all creatures to Jesus Christ, it follows that, of all devotions, that which most consecrates and conforms the soul to Our Lord is devotion to his holy Mother, and that the more a soul is consecrated to Mary, the more it is consecrated to Jesus.” (Treatise on True Devotion, n. 120)


“When we praise her, love her, honour her or give anything to her, it is God who is praised, God who is loved, God who is glorified, and it is to God that we give, through Mary and in Mary.” (Treatise on True Devotion, n. 225)


Saint Louis-Marie Grignon De Montfort was a Catholic Priest and Missionary in Brittany and Vendee, France. He was born in Montfort-sur-Meu in 1673 and died in 1716. He was canonized by Pius XII in 1947. His feast day is on April 28th. He is considered one of the early proponents of the field of Mariology as it is known today, and a candidate to become a Doctor of the Church.


PUBLISHER: CATHOLIC WAY PUBLISHING


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