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Redeemer in the Womb

Redeemer in the Womb

Jesus Living in Mary

by Fr. John Saward

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The first stage of the divine Word's human life was in Mary's body. For nine months, he whom the heaven of heavens cannot hold was housed, as a real human baby, within his mother’s womb. But contemporary Christology has little to say about this period of the life of Jesus.  

In Redeemer in the Womb, Fr. John Saward reclaims this forgotten pearl from the treasury of revelation, drawing from Scripture, the Church Fathers and chief Doctors, Christian philosophy and theology, liturgy, poetry, and iconography.  

The Incarnation of God the Son in the Virgin’s womb reveals the greatness of man’s dignity, and allows us to look afresh at human life in the womb and the beauty, truth, and goodness of this first chapter of the human story.

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Publisher: Word on Fire
ISBN: 978-1-68578-072-2
Binding: Hardcover
Page count: 168
Dimensions: 6 x 9
Language: English
Release date: Oct 16, 2023
Thickness: 0.75 (in)
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About the Author

John Saward is a priest of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Birmingham. After many years teaching dogmatic theology in England, the United States, and Austria, he is now priest in charge of the parish of Sts. Gregory and Augustine, Oxford.  He is the author of several books, including The Beauty of Holiness and the Holiness of Beauty and Cradle of Redeeming Love.

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“Saward combs the Scriptures, the Fathers of the Church, and later writers, even the icons of various periods, for thoughts hitherto unknown to most readers. This is a most unusual study and a contribution to Mariology of exceptional interest. Even more, it should prove to be an extraordinarily rich guide for meditation. I can see myself pondering it for years to come.”     

Cardinal John O’Connor, former Archbishop of New York

“Carefully balancing theology and spirituality, the author takes his argument all the way from the ‘revelation in the womb’ to the ‘revelation of Ethics,’ where the unborn Jesus not only reveals God but also human reality. Saward’s book is a manifesto to life, of divine life in human reality from the very moment of their encounter.”     

Fr. Johann Roten, SM, International Marian Research Institute, University of Dayton

“Drawing on saints and Scripture, Fr. John Saward brings to light what the life of Christ in the womb can teach us. Not one word of Scripture is without its meaning, and not one moment of Christ’s life was superfluous. We ponder, for good reason, the events of Easter and Christmas time, but we can also contemplate with gratitude the prenatal Jesus. Fr. Saward shows us how by drawing upon the meditations of ancient Christian teachers as well as poets who illuminate what happened before the birth of Jesus.”

Christopher Kaczor, St. Thomas Aquinas Fellow for the Renewal of Catholic Intellectual Life, Word on Fire Institute, and author of The Ethics of Abortion

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