Friday, 20 April 2012

The cosmic rhyme

A beautiful new book by Fr Tom Norris, Mary in the Mystery: The Woman in Whom Divinity and Humanity Rhyme (New City Press), is recommended by Fr Paul McPartlan at CUA. Leonie and I have written an Afterword and Foreword respectively. In the Foreword I write: “In poetry, the word rhyme refers to an echo or resemblance between two or more lines of the poem, particularly in the end of the lines – some way in which they sound alike whilst being different. The two natures of Christ, divine and human, are of course radically different. But in the Hypostatic Union the two natures converge on the same ‘end,’ the same ‘Word.’ This is divine poetry. The divine nature comes from heaven, and the human nature comes from Mary, like two kinds of music one above the other; they are ‘united without commingling,’ merging in one sound, one voice, one Gospel, one revelation.” The book is "an exercise in poetic theology, leading us into the mystery of Christ by exploring the wonderful harmony established in and through Mary between the divine and the human."

Please also see this wonderful new booklet on Mary in the Liturgy by David Fagerberg (University of Notre Dame).


  1. From mankind's ancestors to Professor Stephen Hawking, James Muirden cleverly and humorously examines our quest to make sense of the cosmos in wonderful rhyming couplets. If you've ever wondered about the universe, or wanted to broaden your horizons, here are the theories, discoveries, writings and sayings of Aristotle, Plato and Pythagoras, Ptolemy, and the Arab astronomers and mathematicians who flourished during Europe's Dark Ages, Copernicus, Galileo, Newton, Boyle and many more by way of Einstein and so to the present day…and now the education is fun! Here also are the thoughts of space scientists, alchemists, writers, and theologians all weighing in on the cosmos as, through Muirden's delightful presentation, he spins the history of science on a new axis.

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