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“How can we save civilization?” It’s becoming a common question. As the world descends into chaos, Christians are thinking deeply about how to stem the tide. Many options have been presented to overcome Christian persecution and cultural decadence, but the The Marian Option is one that is already in motion…and has been for centuries. Dr. Carrie Gress provides a thoroughly researched account of the significant cultural and military events where Mary interceded on behalf us, her children. With a detective’s eye, Gress uncovers the fascinating details of Mary’s role in major geopolitical shifts, showing how instrumental Our Mother was in:
- Freeing Spain from Islamic occupation
- Igniting the largest mass conversion to Catholicism in history
- Leading an unassuming priest to bring down the world’s most powerful empire without firing a shot
- Stomping out heresies and false teachings from the Church
Beyond the battlefield, The Marian Option also highlights the link between Marian devotion and culture, showing how the arts flourish when devotion to her is strong. If we want to protect our children and our faith—if we want to restore civilization to Christ—Mary is the key. Not only is she keenly interested in assisting Christians, she has the ability to do so, even in the face of the gravest odds. We just have to ask. The Marian Option will leave you with a new perspective on the Blessed Mother, a renewed hope in the future of the Church and the world. INCLUDES AN APPENDIX WITH A ROAD MAP OF PRACTICAL ADVICE AND EXAMPLES FOR EVERY CATHOLIC (INCLUDING CHILDREN) TO LIVE OUT THE MARIAN OPTION!
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About the Author
Carrie Gress has a PhD from the Catholic University of America and is a faculty member at Pontifex University. Her work has appeared at Aleteia, Catholic Vote, Catholic World Report, The National Catholic Register, New Advent, Real Clear Religion, Reddit, Zenit, EWTN Radio, Relevant Radio, BBC and CBC television. She has lived and worked professionally in Wash-ington, DC and Rome, Italy, and her work has been translated into seven languages. Dr. Gress is the author of Nudging Conversions: A Practical Guide to Bringing Those You Love Back to the Church, Ultimate Makeover: The Transforming Power of Motherhood, and co-author with George Weigel of City of Saints: A Pilgrim’s Guide to John Paul II’s Krakow. A mother of four, she and her family live in Virginia.
Table of Contents
Author's Note xi
Part I Mary and Creative Minorities
1 The Benedictine Model 3
2 The Most Powerful Woman in the World 16
3 Mary, Cultivator of Culture 28
Part II Mary's Geopolitical Influence
4 Our Lady of Guadalupe: Islam and Evangelization 47
5 Our Lady of Lourdes: Humbling the Proud 63
6 Our Lady of Fatima: Conquering Communism 79
Part III Who Is This Woman?
7 Mariolotty or Mariology? 97
8 Mary and the Trinity: It Is All About Relationships 114
9 Mary's Maternal Care on a Personal Level 129
10 Anti-Mary or the Age of Mary? 144
Part IV Living the Marian Option
11 The Simple Remedy 161
12 Mary Prepares Us for Anything 177
13 Case Study on Pope St. John Paul II 188
14 The Marian Solution 201
Appendix: Daily Ways to Live the Marian Option 205
Further Reading 215