As the Church approaches the apex of the most extraordinary Marian age in history, the Holy Spirit is unveiling the deepest secrets concerning His Bride, who revealed herself to St. Bernadette as The Immaculate Conception. The visions granted to St. Catherine Laboure in 1830, which led to the molding of the Miraculous Medal, and the teachings of St. Maximilian Maria Kolbe emphasized an inseparable relation between Mary as The Immaculate Conception and her special role as Mediatrix of all graces. How do we best understand the full import of this role and its relevance to a Church navigating through the most turbulent seas in her history?
Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, called by many “a prophet for our times,” provides some of the most penetrating insights into this mystery, so that no matter what one’s prior understanding is of the Mother of God, they will never look at her the same way again. And faithful to Sheen’s unique gift to make seemingly complex truths simple to understand, The Woman provides the biblical and theological foundations for why Christians consecrate themselves to Mary.
Enjoy fresh and invigorating insights into the mystery of the one chosen to bridge a fallen humanity with the Holy Trinity…the one whose unique place in the history of salvation is unveiled by the singular title…The Woman.
“The Woman reveals the profound role Mary is called to play in the mystery of salvation. It also reveals the brilliant theological insight of Venerable Fulton Sheen. But Peter Howard’s work also demonstrates, and imitates, the missionary hearts of the Blessed Virgin Mary and of Archbishop Sheen. In this book, their hearts, formed for the salvation of souls, speak to ours. The Woman is a wonderful resource for Mariology in the era of the New Evangelization.”
~ Most Rev. James D. Conley
Bishop of the Diocese of Lincoln, Nebraska
“We tend to think of Archbishop Sheen as the appealing television preacher, the best-selling writer, the Catholic celebrity with ecumenical appeal. Of his greatness there is no question. But we have overlooked the amazing depth of his spiritual and theological insight. Peter Howard takes us there in a way that will come as a surprise to many: through Sheen’s writings on the figure in whom all the Church’s sublime mystics converge: the Mother of God.”
~ Dale Ahlquist
President and Founder of the American Chesterton Society
“The Woman is an extraordinary work that more fully opened my eyes to the gift that Fulton Sheen is to the Church and to the depth of insight available to us through reflection on Mary’s participation in our redemption. Dr. Howard has provided both a scholarly and accessible treatment that will draw the reader’s heart ever more deeply into the heart of the Church.
~ Dan Burke
President and Founder of the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation and Executive Director of EWTN’s National Catholic Register