Scriptural Basis for Marian Devotion
The Rev. John H. Hampsch, C.M.F., ordained as a Catholic priest in 1952, is a member of the Claretian Missionaries. Listed in Who's Who in Religion in America, he has served as parish priest, seminary professor and rector, college professor, lecturer, magazine writer, newspaper columnist, editor, retreat master, hospital chaplain, prison chaplain, campus chaplain, director of suicide prevention programs, and Cursillo director. He earned degrees in Philosophy from Loyola-Marymount University in Los Angeles and from Notre Dame University, with postgraduate work at the University of Southern California and the Dominican House of Studies in River Forest, Illinois, in ascetical and mystical theology.
While all Christians -- and even people of other faiths -- agree that Mary is the mother of Jesus Christ, her role beyond this is not as clear.In Why Mary?, you will come to understand why it is our Christian duty to venerate Mary as both the first Christian and the Mother of our Savior.From Mary's perpetual virginity to her bodily Assumption into heaven, this guide will provide you with explanations -- drawn from Scripture and Church Tradition -- of the four Marian Dogmas, as well as Mary's role as spiritual Mother of the world.