Chicago: Henry Regnery Company, 1959. First English translation. Octavo, original brown cloth, original dust jacket. Unobtrusive owner signature to front pastedown, one marginal notation in pencil, tiny nick to rear fold of dust jacket. A near-fine copy. Item #228
"THE ENTIRE LIFE OF JESUS IS SURROUNDED BY THE DEEP SIGNIFICANCE OF HAVING HIS MOTHER CLOSE BY. THE STRONGEST MESSAGE OF ALL COMES OUT OF HER SILENCE"
First English translation of the text of 13 sermons by Romano Guardini. These arresting meditations on the mysteries of the Incarnation were delivered at the University of Berlin while Guardini was composing his classic, The Lord. Father Guardini loomed large in the Catholic intellectual life of the 20th century. Born in Italy but raised in Germany, "there was something in Guardini that reflected both the more intuitive and emotional side of Italy and, simultaneously, the objective element of Germany and thus provided a balance between the northern and southern elements of European Catholicism" and "his admirers included figures as different as Hans Urs von Balthasar, Joseph Ratzinger, Karl Rahner, and Karol Wojtyla." (Robert Royal, A Deeper Vision). Each sermon is prefaced with a quote from the Gospels. First published in German in 1957 and translated by Peter White. Dust jacket drawing by Carl W. Merschel. Approbations.