The Mystical City of God
The "Mystical City of God" is a four-volume work of 2676 pages,(reviewed below) covering the lives of Mary and Jesus, from the time before her conception in her mother's womb, throught her life, the birth, death and Resurrection of Jesus, and through until Our Lady's death, Assumption into heaven, and Coronation as Queen of Heaven.There is a much smaller book published, which covers only the 15 Mysteries (as they then were) of the Rosary, and the details are taken verbatim from the 'City of God'. This is much less costly and easier to read, and highly recommended.(Illustrated at left) It is the best book on the Rosary that I have ever read. It is called "Divine Mysteries of the Most Holy Rosary", and is available from Our Lady's Rosary Makers of Australia, PO Box 216, Coonamble NSW 2829 for $6.00 posted.
"THE CITY OF GOD"
This is a four-volume work, filled with the most incredible detail you are ever likely to find anywhere. Its 205 Chapters and 2676 pages cover the lives of Mary and Jesus, from before her conception in her mother's womb, right through her life, through the life and death and resurrection of her Son Jesus, and then through until her Coronation as Queen of heaven. Whilst that in itself is a monumental task, the story of how it all came about is just fascinating. Our Lady appeared to Sister Mary of Agreda (Spain), telling her to write the book, which Our Lady would dictate to her daily.
Page xv of one of the volumes says the following-
"Though she was urged interiorly and exteriorly to record the facts of history revealed to her concerning the Mother of God, she resisted for twelve years and was finally induced to write only through the positive commands of her superiors. Reluctantly she began her history in the year 1637 and finished it in the year 1645, continually asking to be relieved from the task because she thought herself unworthy. As soon as the insistence of her superiors relaxed and an error of judgement on the part of an outside confessor gave her a plausible excuse, she burned all her writings, thus destroying the labour of many years. When this came to the knowledge of the higher authorities and when they insisted on her rewriting the history which continued to be supernaturally known to her, she again succeeded in delaying the task for ten years. Only the strictest command under obedience and the threat of censures finally induced her to write the manuscript which she began in 1655 and finished in 1665, and which is still preserved in the convent of Agreda."
And who else besides me thinks it is a great work?
Well just about every University or theologian who has ever studied it for the purpose of giving an opinion. From page xvi of the same volume -
"As soon as the 'City of God' appeared in print it was welcomed and extolled as a most wonderful work. The different translations found no less enthusiastic welcome in nearly all the European countries. It secured the immediate approbation and encomium of the ordinaries, the Universities, the learned and eminent men of christendom. There is probably no other book which was so closely scrutinised by those in authority, both civil and religious, and afterwards so signally approved as the 'City of God'.
From "The Divine Mysteries of the Most Holy Rosary" comes the following (page 6)-
"Notable is the high recommendation of the Prince-Archbishop of Salzburg, Apost. Legate,Primate of Germany, etc.- "According to the decrees of Pope Innocent XI and Clement XI the book known as "City of God" written by the Venerable servant of God, Mary de Jesus, may be read by all the faithful."
"A number of Episcopal approbations, the recommendations of four renowned Universities, namely of Toulouse, Salamanca, Alcala and Louvain, and of prominent members of different orders, coincide in extolling the above-named work. The learned and pious Cardinal D'Aguirre says that he considers all the studies of fifty years of his previous life as of small consequence in comparison with the doctrines he found in this book, which in all things are in harmony with the Holy Scriptures, the Holy Fathers and Councils of the Church. The Venerable Superior-General of St. Sulpice, Abbe Emery, adds: "Only since I read the revelations of Mary of Agreda do I properly know Jesus and His Holy Mother."
"We therefore do not hesitate -- in granting our Episcopal approbation to --"City of God" -- and wish to recommend it to the faithful and especially to our clergy."
By order of Innocent XI, Alexander VIII, Clement XI, Benedict XIII and Benedict XIV it was repeatedly subjected to the closest scrutiny and declared authentic, worthy of devout perusal and free from error. The title "Venerabilis" was conferred upon the author. A large sized volume would be required to record the praises and commendations written in favour of the 'City of God'".