The Virgin Mary and Theology of the Body

Because of his studies in Mariology, Fr. Donald thought to combine the Theology of the Body and teachings on the Virgin Mary into a book. "I thought if I don't do this, somebody else will. And so I got permission to do this book."

The Theology of the Body is the name given to a set of Wednesday audiences given by Pope John Paul II. The teachings address the reasons for God creating us as human beings with bodies and gender.

Ten writers, including Fr. Donald, contributed essays to this collection. All 10 writers are deeply grounded in Catholic orthodoxy, and they reflect a variety of theological fields. The essay by Fr. Donald relates the Theology of the Body to the four Marian dogmas. (The four Marian dogmas are Mary is Mother of God, the Perpetual Virginity of Mary, the Immaculate Conception, and the Assumption.)

The book's list of contributors include world renowned scholars from Switzerland, Italy, Australia, Canada, and the United States. One sister studied in Germany under Cardinal Ratzinger (now Pope Benedict XVI).

How did this young priest assemble such a group? "I read a lot," he says, "and I thought, ‘Wouldn't it be really good to get an article from that person and that Father!' "He looked up the scholars information online and contacted each of them about the book idea. He was encouraged by their willingness.

The book amounted to nearly 300 pages of in-depth study. "It's a very academic book," Fr. Donald says. "One of the articles has almost 200 footnotes. It's really good."

The book has been endorsed by theology professors Scott Hahn (Franciscan University of Steubenville) and Mary Shivanandan, S.T.D. (John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family).

Despite this book's obvious academic applications, Fr. Donald hopes it still will have a broader appeal. "I just want to promote the teachings of the Church on Our Lady," he says, "and do it in a way that's very clear and very loving."

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