This is an updated edition of the English translation published in 1963 based on Volume I of Le Corps Mystique du Christ: Fr. Ernest Mura's classic treatment of the doctrine of the Mystical Body of Christ originally published in French in 1934. It also features the first-ever English translation of Fr. Réginald Garrigou-Lagrange's preface found in the original French edition and kindly translated by Dr. Matthew K. Minerd.
We hope to have Volume 2 translated in 2024.
The unity of the total Christ and his supernatural activity are the two aspects of the theology of the Mystical Body. Father Mura's present study limits itself to the first aspect, which is the most delicate problem of all: "You are the Body of Christ" (1 Cor. 12:27). The question of how to understand this bold assertion of St. Paul has been asked by many theologians, who, nevertheless, have not attempted to answer it; perhaps they fear that explanations which are too human may mar the beauty of the dogma of our incorporation into Christ Jesus. Hence, they do not explain wherein consists the organic and vital cohesion that makes of Jesus and ourselves a single "total Christ."
Viewing the building up of the Mystical Body from the vantage point of the author's synthesis, the reader will see in it the great recapitulation in Christ, to which all the works of God are ordered for the salvation of the human race. Once the revealed truths that are most familiar to us—the notion of grace, the sacrament of baptism, the dogma of the spiritual motherhood of Mary—are seen in their relationship to the total doctrine, they take on a breadth, a supernatural beauty, and a practical significance that we did not suspect.
Size: 6 x 9
ISBN: 978-1-990685-67-5 (pbk) | $21.95 USD
ISBN: 978-1-990685-68-2 (hc) | $29.95 USD
In 1934, this work by Ernest Mura stood out, seeing translation from French into German and English. What sets it apart is its spiritual vibrancy, its accessibility, and its illuminating treatment of the theme both in Sacred Scripture and its Thomistic synthesis. The great achievement of the work is the way in which it exposes the deep unity of Christ with His members as an outworking of His multifaceted mediatorship and efficient causality. If that sounds dry and abstract, I assure readers the work is anything but. As conversations about the nature of the Church intensify, this work remains relevant and reliable. —Dr. James R. A. Merrick, Benedictine College, Atchison, KS
Faithful Catholics will rejoice in this new edition of a theological masterpiece! In this marvelous book, Ernest Mura masterfully treats the essence of St. Paul’s and St. Thomas Aquinas’s teaching on the Church, the Mystical Body of Christ. He inculcates a profoundly theological apprehension of the Church and he draws “interior souls” (as Fr. Garrigou-Lagrange calls them in the newly translated foreword) into a living and fruitful contemplation of Christ’s Mystical Body as experienced most profoundly in the holy Sacrifice of the Mass. In this book, we see the theological propaedeutic to Pius XII’s Mystici Corporis and to all subsequent, legitimate magisterial teaching on the Church. —Dr. Michael Sirilla, Professor of Theology, Franciscan University of Steubenville