Becoming Human, Becoming Divine
Size: 215 mm x 138 mm
Publisher: Veritas Publications
I once heard the story that Blessed Columba Marmion had great devotion to the rosary suggesting that when we pray we should always remember the story of David and Goliath and how with one small stone David had crushed an evil enemy. In the same way he said; every bead of Mary’s rosary is a little stone we can use like David to crush the many evils in our world and in our lives. It was a powerful image, indicating something of the communication skills of this 19th century spiritual guide. When Pope John Paul II beatified Columba Marmion OSB in 2000 he said that Marmion’s treasury of spiritual teaching needed to be rediscovered in our lifetime. In marking the centenary of the inspirational Benedictine’s death with Becoming Human, Becoming Divine, Columba McCann helps unlock that treasury and rediscover that teaching through this rich introduction to Marmion’s life and work.
From his early childhood in Dublin where he had been born in 1858, brought up in a devoutly religious family and schooled by the Jesuits he had been encouraged in the direction of priesthood. Originally ordained for the diocese of Dublin the call to monastic life which he had first experienced on a visit to the Abbey of Montecassino during his studies in Rome remained strong in his heart. At the age of twenty eight he became a novice in the Benedictine Abby of Maredsous in Belgium. Despite his desire for the monastic life as author Columba McCann OSB records, Marmion’s gifts for communication ensured his popularity for talks and retreats. Some of those talks eventually became the bedrock for three spiritual classics for a whole generation: Christ, the Life of the Soul, Christ in his Mysteries and Christ, The Ideal of the Monk.
Over 19 Chapters and 131 pages, the author gently introduces a new generation to the deep spiritual sources of the Christian life enunciated by Blessed Columba in a way that makes the centenary publication suitable both for personal and group study and reflection.
-- Reviewer: Fr Paul Clayton-Lea, March 2023 Intercom
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In this fascinating book commemorating the centenary of Blessed Columba Marmion’s death in 1923, Columba McCann OSB explores Marmion’s spiritual teachings and highlights key moments in his life that influenced his writing – from his early childhood in Dublin to his later years as a Benedictine and as abbot of Maredsous Abbey in Belgium.
This wonderful introduction to the inspirational Benedictine’s life and work examines his influential writing and highlights how his spiritual teaching is relevant today. In a clear and accessible style it emphasises the breadth and confidence of Marmion’s teaching, which puts the reader in touch with the deep spiritual sources of Christian life and at the same time suggests a certain serene freedom as to how each person draws from those sources.
About the author:
Columba McCannis a monk of Glenstal Abbey, Murroe, Co. Limerick. He has studied at the Pontifical Liturgical Institute in Rome, and lectured in liturgical studies in Holy Cross College and the National Centre for Liturgy. He is a former chairman of the Dublin Diocesan Liturgical Commission.