© Paul Michael Haffner MMXVIII
Paul Michael Haffner

Books

Our Lady and the saints

The Mystery of Mary

In this book, the author offers a clear and structured overview of theology and doctrine concerning Mary set in a historical perspective. He outlines the basic scheme of what constitutes Mariology set in the context of other forms of theological enquiry, and working through the contribution of Holy Scripture he proceeds to examine each of the fundamental doctrines that the Church teaches about Our Lady. From the Immaculate Conception to Mary’s continuing Motherhood in the Church as Mediatrix of all graces, the reader will find here a sure and steady guide, faithful to tradition and offering a realist perspective, not reducing the concrete aspects of Mary’s gifts and privileges to mere symbols on the one hand, and not confusing doctrine and devotionalism on the other. One commentator wrote: “A rich overview of Mariology, written by an English priest who lectures in Rome at the Pontifical Gregorian University. Fr Haffner proceeds thematically, introducing the various major titles of Mary, and describing how the doctrines relating to them developed and were formalised over the centuries. The text is laden with references to the Church Fathers and to the types of Mary to be found in Scripture. There is plenty here to interest the ordinary reader as well as the academic.”

Il mistero di Maria

La Beata Vergine Maria sta al cuore della tradizione cristiana, tenendo un ruolo unico nella teologia della Chiesa nonché nella sua teologia e devozione, corrispondendo al suo posto unico nella storia umana come Madre di Dio. Durante molti secoli, molto è stato scritto su quasi ogni aspetto della vita e dell’opera di Maria santissima. Così tanto, che uno studio sistematico della Beata Vergine sembra un impegno piuttosto difficile. Abbiamo bisogno di aiuto per condividere la gioia dello studio e della riflessione sull’essere sull’agire della Madonna nell’economia di salvezza. In questo libro, il Professor Paul Haffner ci propone una panoramica chiara e strutturata della dottrina e teologia circa Maria, in una prospettiva storica. L’opera propone una schema di Mariologia, nel contesto di altri campi teologici, per poi passare al discorso biblico, articolato nell’Antico e nel Nuovo Testamento. Dopo, l’autore procede ad illustrare le dottrine fondamentali mariologiche, dall’Immacolata Concezione fino alla Maternità di Maria nella Chiesa come Mediatrice di tutte le grazie. Qui il lettore troverà una guida sicura, fedele alla tradizione, offrendo un’approccio realista, che non reduce gli aspetti concreti dei doni e privilegi della Madonna ai simboli da una parte, e non confondendo dottrina e devozionalismo dall’altra.

Teresa Helena Higginson

Lady Cecil Kerr Edited with an Introduction by Paul Haffner Teresa Higginson (1844-1905) was a saintly Catholic schoolteacher. She was born in Holywell, North Wales and grew up in Gainsborough and Neston. As an adult she lived in Bootle, Clitheroe, Edinburgh and Chudleigh in Devon where she died. She received many supernatural gifts including the Mystical Marriage and the Stigmata. Teresa was chosen by Christ to make known His great desire that His Sacred Head be worshipped as the Seat of Divine Wisdom. This would be a remedy for a time of foolish intellectual pride and lapsing from the faith. It would be not only the completion of devotion to the Sacred Heart, but the crowning of all devotions. In fact it was prophesied to be the one great means for the conversion of England. Lady Cecil Kerr’s account of the Venerable Teresa Higginson remains the standard biography and is based on many of Teresa’s letters and other direct evidence of her remarkable life.

Daily, Daily Sing to Mary

Every day of the year is a day for the Lord, but also for His Blessed Mother, Mary. Daily, Daily Sing to Mary lies in the tradition of the Marian Calendar, a collection of feasts honouring the Blessed Virgin Mary. Each day brings to mind the actions the Mother of God has undertaken on behalf of Christians of all nations and kingdoms throughout the ages. The story for each day of the year also brings a lesson for us. The original Marian Calendar was first published when King Louis XIV of France was still a boy, and it is in reality a collection of famous sites of pilgrimage to the Blessed Virgin throughout all of Christendom. This work is offered to the Christian world for the hundredth anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady at Fatima. The accounts provide abundant proof that Mary, the Mother of God, has indeed claimed the hearts of Christians from the earliest centuries down to the present day. They are also evidence of the value of the Blessed Mother’s influence and mediation on the behalf of her children before the throne of God. In these pages, for each day of the year, we have endeavoured to list a particular miracle, apparition, conversion, or healing which took place on that day throuigh the maternal hands of Our Lady. On occasions we also recall events in which Our Lady saved people from all kinds of danger, at sea or on land. We have also documented simple events, like the finding of a Marian image which may not seem in themselves to be miraculous, but point to a deep care which the Mother of God has for her Son’s people. We have taken episodes from all parts of the world in a truly Catholic way, showing that Our Lady has influenced so many people’s lives and often in non- Catholic and even non-Christian lands.
© Paul Michael Haffner MMXVIII
Paul Michael Haffner

Books

Our Lady and the saints

Daily, Daily Sing to Mary

Every day of the year is a day for the Lord, but also for His Blessed Mother, Mary. Daily, Daily Sing to Mary lies in the tradition of the Marian Calendar, a collection of feasts honouring the Blessed Virgin Mary. Each day brings to mind the actions the Mother of God has undertaken on behalf of Christians of all nations and kingdoms throughout the ages. The story for each day of the year also brings a lesson for us. The original Marian Calendar was first published when King Louis XIV of France was still a boy, and it is in reality a collection of famous sites of pilgrimage to the Blessed Virgin throughout all of Christendom. This work is offered to the Christian world for the hundredth anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady at Fatima. The accounts provide abundant proof that Mary, the Mother of God, has indeed claimed the hearts of Christians from the earliest centuries down to the present day. They are also evidence of the value of the Blessed Mother’s influence and mediation on the behalf of her children before the throne of God. In these pages, for each day of the year, we have endeavoured to list a particular miracle, apparition, conversion, or healing which took place on that day throuigh the maternal hands of Our Lady. On occasions we also recall events in which Our Lady saved people from all kinds of danger, at sea or on land. We have also documented simple events, like the finding of a Marian image which may not seem in themselves to be miraculous, but point to a deep care which the Mother of God has for her Son’s people. We have taken episodes from all parts of the world in a truly Catholic way, showing that Our Lady has influenced so many people’s lives and often in non-Catholic and even non-Christian lands.

The Mystery of Mary

In this book, the author offers a clear and structured overview of theology and doctrine concerning Mary set in a historical perspective. He outlines the basic scheme of what constitutes Mariology set in the context of other forms of theological enquiry, and working through the contribution of Holy Scripture he proceeds to examine each of the fundamental doctrines that the Church teaches about Our Lady. From the Immaculate Conception to Mary’s continuing Motherhood in the Church as Mediatrix of all graces, the reader will find here a sure and steady guide, faithful to tradition and offering a realist perspective, not reducing the concrete aspects of Mary’s gifts and privileges to mere symbols on the one hand, and not confusing doctrine and devotionalism on the other. One commentator wrote: “A rich overview of Mariology, written by an English priest who lectures in Rome at the Pontifical Gregorian University. Fr Haffner proceeds thematically, introducing the various major titles of Mary, and describing how the doctrines relating to them developed and were formalised over the centuries. The text is laden with references to the Church Fathers and to the types of Mary to be found in Scripture. There is plenty here to interest the ordinary reader as well as the academic.”

Il mistero di Maria

La Beata Vergine Maria sta al cuore della tradizione cristiana, tenendo un ruolo unico nella teologia della Chiesa nonché nella sua teologia e devozione, corrispondendo al suo posto unico nella storia umana come Madre di Dio. Durante molti secoli, molto è stato scritto su quasi ogni aspetto della vita e dell’opera di Maria santissima. Così tanto, che uno studio sistematico della Beata Vergine sembra un impegno piuttosto difficile. Abbiamo bisogno di aiuto per condividere la gioia dello studio e della riflessione sull’essere sull’agire della Madonna nell’economia di salvezza. In questo libro, il Professor Paul Haffner ci propone una panoramica chiara e strutturata della dottrina e teologia circa Maria, in una prospettiva storica. L’opera propone una schema di Mariologia, nel contesto di altri campi teologici, per poi passare al discorso biblico, articolato nell’Antico e nel Nuovo Testamento. Dopo, l’autore procede ad illustrare le dottrine fondamentali mariologiche, dall’Immacolata Concezione fino alla Maternità di Maria nella Chiesa come Mediatrice di tutte le grazie. Qui il lettore troverà una guida sicura, fedele alla tradizione, offrendo un’approccio realista, che non reduce gli aspetti concreti dei doni e privilegi della Madonna ai simboli da una parte, e non confondendo dottrina e devozionalismo dall’altra.

Teresa Helena Higginson

Lady Cecil Kerr Edited with an Introduction by Paul Haffner Teresa Higginson (1844-1905) was a saintly Catholic schoolteacher. She was born in Holywell, North Wales and grew up in Gainsborough and Neston. As an adult she lived in Bootle, Clitheroe, Edinburgh and Chudleigh in Devon where she died. She received many supernatural gifts including the Mystical Marriage and the Stigmata. Teresa was chosen by Christ to make known His great desire that His Sacred Head be worshipped as the Seat of Divine Wisdom. This would be a remedy for a time of foolish intellectual pride and lapsing from the faith. It would be not only the completion of devotion to the Sacred Heart, but the crowning of all devotions. In fact it was prophesied to be the one great means for the conversion of England. Lady Cecil Kerr’s account of the Venerable Teresa Higginson remains the standard biography and is based on many of Teresa’s letters and other direct evidence of her remarkable life.