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description of the celebration at Rome, in Book Second dwells upon “The Grandeur the Basilica of St. Peter, of the eighteen of Mary's destiny;" Book Third sets forth hundredth anniversary of the martyrdom of “The perfections of Mary;" Book Fourth the Prince of the Apostles, ending with a exhibits “ The consequences of Mary's digmost eloquent description of the power, nity relatively to God, to the human race, sanctity, beauty, unity, and perpetuity of the and to herself;" and Book Fifth shows Church.
“ Mary's merit and glory.”
The work is intended to meet an existing THE KNOWLEDGE OF MARY. By Rev. J. want, and we believe will exert an importDe Concilio, pastor of St. Michael's
ant influence in two different directions. Church, Jersey City, author of Catho- First, in acquainting Catholics more fully licity and Pantheism. New York : The with the relation in the necessity of things Catholic Publication Society. 1878. of Mary to the mystery of the Incarnation,
One purpose of Father Concilio in writing and all that it comprehends in its destined this work was to furnish a sequel to his pre- results and consequences to the human race; vious work on Catholicity and Pantheism. and secondly, in informing inquiring nonAt first thought it might be supposed that Catholics of the theological reasons why the subjects of the two works have little to Mary occupies so large and so exalted a do with each other. But as the author place in Catholic devotions and worship. briefly shows, in his preface, the one has a necessary connection with the other. A THE TRISH-AMERICAN ALMANAC FOR 1878. true knowledge of Mary " is the best refu- New York : Lynch, Cole & Meehan. tation of Pantheism,” the universal error of In addition to the ordinary tables and our time. For the substance of Pantheism other matter common to almanacs and calenis the absorption of the finite in the infinite, dars, this work contains quite a large amount and consequently the doing away with all of reading of special interest to persons of created agency. Mary represents created Irish nationality, consisting chiefly of agency in its grandest, sublimest, and sketches of leading events and incidents in most magnificent expression, in all the Irish history, biographies of distinguished mysteries of God relating to the creature. Irishmen, with portraits of quite a number Mary, therefore, is the best and most convinc- of them, etc. ing resutation of Pantheism, the rock against which the waves of this pernicious, this all
WHÝ A CATHOLIC IN THE NINETEENTH pervading error of the times, must exhaust
CENTURY? By William Giles Dix. New their force. Pretending to exalt humanity,
York : The Catholic Publication Society.
1878. Pantheism degrades and deprives it of everything that gives it glory. Mary, actualizing Mr. Dix is a convert, and knowing from the deepest humility, exalts humanity, ful his own personal experience while a Protfilling the prophecy : “ Thou, the glory of estant the forms which error takes in this Jerusalem, the joy of Israel, the magnificence age, and the manner in which it blinds and of our people."
misleads non-Catholics, he has written this These thoughts furnish a clue to the work in the hope that it may be instrumental author's leading motives and ideas in pre- in leading others into the true Church. paring this work. It differs from most There is, of course, nothing new in the subworks that have been written in English on stance of the author's argument, but the the general subject of Mary, in that it is not work is nevertheless of value as a special devotional, meditative (if we may coin a application, in clear and forcible style, of word) in form, but theological. This fact old truths to the errors and isms in the forms furnishes an answer to the objection that we they have assumed in our own time. already have too many works upon Mary. It would require too much space to speak
The, MIRROR OF TRUE WOMANHOOD. A in detail of the manner in which Father
Book of Instruction for Women in the Concilio develops his subject. We content
World. By Rev. Bernard O'Reilly. New ourself, therefore, with simply indicating the
York: Peter F. Collier. 1878. leading divisions of the work. In an intro- This admirable work has already been the ductory chapter it is shown that God was subject of such general and high commendaunknown in the world before the coming of tion by the Catholic press, that a lengthy Christ; that it was impossible for man by notice here is altogether unnecessary. It is his unaided strength to return to the knowl- sufficient to say that, avoiding the didactic edge and love of God; that the world owes form and style, the author has produced a Emanuel and Christianity along with its most interesting and charming book, full of results to Mary. Hence, the necessity of most important practical lessons, that are of true, accurate, solid knowledge of Mary. inestimable value to women of every rank Then in Book First, “ Mary's place in the and station in society, married or single, Divine plan of the Universe " is shown; young, middle-aged, or old.