This revised edition of Hans Urs von Balthasar's Mary for Today, with a new foreword by Edward Sri and a preface by the author, provides a concise spiritual guide for all who desire to know and love the Mother of the Lord. Using Scripture and the Church's rich tradition, the acclaimed theologian draws a portrait of Mary that shows her importance and relevance for Christians today.
In this beautiful work, Balthasar combines a deep traditional devotion with intellectual precision, as well as common sense. He reveals the crucial spiritual task of Mary for all Christians: the first disciple, who shows us what it means to be close to Jesus. Balthasar captures her singular role when he quotes her words in the Gospel at Cana: "Do whatever he tells you."
This book is illustrated with lovely silhouette drawings by artist Virginia Broderick.
"Balthasar keeps the humanness of Our Lady in focus. [He] rightly underscores that even with her unique revelations, graces, and privileges, Mary still had to grow in faith as a disciple. [Mary for Today] places her near to us, rather than raising her to inaccessible heights."
— Edward Sri, from the Foreword
"This volume is a perfect aid for prayer and meditation. Its brief chapters provide concentrated fuel to fire our hearts and minds with the desire to enter ever more deeply, through the eyes of his Mother, into the mystery of Christ. Balthasar excels in helping us rediscover, as if for the first time, essential aspects of Mary's person and role in our salvation. Although fostering intimate Marian contemplation is obviously his goal in this little work, Balthasar's thought is always reliably rooted in historical erudition."
— Fr. Simeon Leiva, O.C.S.O., Author, Fire of Mercy, Heart of the Word