Handmaid of the Lord
“This work offers a doorway into the heart of one of Christianity’s greatest mysteries the mystery of Mary and there is no better spiritual guide through that door than Adrienne von Speyr. She is a grand spiritual master of the practice of Lectio Divina and a beneficiary of its fruits. Handmaid of the Lord is Lectio Divina par excellence. It reveals the sheer beauty of Marian contemplation like no masterpiece of temporal art or music ever could; hence its status as a spiritual classic.
As I pondered a facet of Mary with Adrienne, I found that I understood more and more about myself and what it is to be a child of God. I experienced encounters with grace that seemed so real to my mind and soul, that I felt as though I was actually receiving a showering from the very hands of Our Lady of Grace. I continue to visit this spiritual masterwork as if returning home, as it were, to visit my Mother.” —Kris McGregor, Founder, Discerning Hearts, From the Foreword
About the Author
Adrienne von Speyr (1902-1967) was a Swiss medical doctor, convert to Catholicism, a mystic, wife and author of over 60 books on spirituality and theology. She collaborated closely with the renowned theologian Hans Urs Von Balthasar, her confessor for 27 years, and they co-founded the Community of Saint John. Her numerous writings, published by Ignatius Press, are recognized by leading theologians and writers as a major contribution to the mystical and spiritual writings of the Church. Among her most important works are Book of All Saints, Confession, The World of Prayer, Handmaid of the Lord, and The Passion from Within.
In this profound book on the mystery of Mary, Adrienne von Speyr reflects on the life, attitude, and prayer of the Mother of God. She shows how Mary’s assent to God’s will―her Fiat: “Let it be done to me according to thy word”―is what defines and sanctifies every aspect of her life. She gives new insights into Mary’s holiness, suffering, prayer, and role of spiritual motherhood for all mankind.