The Reed of God: A New Edition of a Spiritual Classic

by Houselander

Paperback, 2006





Caryll Houselander was one of the outstanding spiritual writers of our time; she was also, of necessity, a very sensible woman. How, then, did she think of Mary, the Blessed Virgin, Christ's mother? She answers that question and many more in the introduction to this acknowledged classic. She believed, with a profound message for our time, that Mary could fill a need, give us a "direction for our souls... without enslaving us or narrowing our vision," a memory that would enter into every detail of our life.


Ave Maria Press (2006), Edition: 2nd Revised edition, 192 pages


½ (24 ratings; 4.7)

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LibraryThing member dmmjlllt
Absolutely astonishing. Calling the "Imitation of Mary" kind of points toward what it is, but at the same time fails to capture how revelatory and powerful it is. I will have to read it again.
LibraryThing member sgrame
Mystic Caryll Houselander focuses on the human side of Mary, mother of Jesus in this book, as she searches for the Lost Child, not with their family or friends on the road, over so many heads in large crowds teaching, as He is laid gently in the tomb. She shares Mary as an empty cup, waiting to be
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filled and then poured out, a reed, waiting for God's breath, and many other comparisons to medidate on. A beautiful gift with layers of insight to be unwrapped- must look at this again in the future!
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LibraryThing member spinsterrevival
For being over 75 years old, this book is modern and feels fairly progressive (minus a few “oof—not good” moments). I only know about Catholicism from history (not a good light there) and jokes from people about being lapsed due to Catholic school, but this was actually a fascinating and
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beautifully written introduction to explaining their big deal with Mary.
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LibraryThing member KallieGrace
As someone relatively new to Catholicism I haven't grown up with Marian theology. This is a beautiful introduction and even emersion into the life of Mary and why that matters. Very rich and worth many re-reads.
This was written during the second world war, and so there are certainly some mentions
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that give a modern reader pause - a "blue-eyed" Christ child, a slight dismissal of mental illness when different "moods" are brought up, to name a couple. I get the feeling that were Caryll writing this today she would likely be on the right side of things.
So many excellent remarks on humanity and the human condition as well, like why are those who claim Christianity often the least Christlike? Why has Christ come to us in the small, poor, and unimportant? Wonderful contemplations on those topics and more.
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