Encountering Mary: From La Salette to Medjugorje - Princeton Legacy Library 3398 by Sandra L. Zimdars-Swartz
In the last two centuries hundreds of appearances of the Virgin Mary have been reported, attracting crowds to fortune tellers and sites and constituting events of great religious significance to…
Encountering Mary synopsis
In the last two centuries hundreds of appearances of the Virgin Mary have been reported, attracting crowds to fortune tellers and sites and constituting events of great religious significance to millions of people around the world. Here Sandra Zimmers Schwarz offers a research-like investigation of the experiences and interpretations of six major manifestations, including La Sallette and Lord in France during the mid-nineteenth century.
In Fatima, Portugal, in 1917; the most modern in San Damiano, Italy; Garabandale, Spain; and Medogorje, Yugoslavia, where the apparitions continue. By adopting an ostensible approach to these "encounters with Mary" - which is neither apathetic nor hostile - the author explores the tension between the personal meaning of the events in relation to his subjects and the public takeover of this meaning by a larger religious group.
Along the way, the backgrounds of the caliphs study the willingness or reluctance to talk about their apparitions and their messages, the amount of emotional support they receive from the family and the community, with the spread of news of apparitions, reports of miracles at the sites appearing, reactions from local authorities, Officially admit or reject apparitions as being worthy of belief. The author concludes with a survey of world religious opinion based on the Marian apparitions, with special emphasis on the appalling nature of the cultures that now spread through these messages to the modern world.
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