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The Marian Way of Heart Knowledge

From Mary through St. John's Gospel to Rudolf Steiner's Philosophy of Freedom

Neill Reilly
Foreword by J. Bruce Murphy
Contributions by Eugene Gollogly
December 2022
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  • Publisher
    Lindisfarne Books
  • Published
    16th December 2022
  • ISBN 9781584208914
  • Language English
  • Pages 112 pp.
  • Size 5.5" x 8.5"

“In the pursuit of an understanding of Mary that is undertaken in this book, it is clear that we are dealing with events beyond the reach of our normal faculties. Without effort on our part and help of some kind, Mary remains one more unsolvable mystery, to be dismissed as just some nice myth with no reality to be granted to Mary. In the activity of our striving to be open and reverent in our devoted pursuit of knowledge of these mysteries, we begin to tread the path of the Marian Way of Heart Knowledge.” — J. Bruce Murphy (from the foreword)

This book guides the reader into and through the mystery of Mary as she appears in the New Testament, especially her equanimity and affirmative openness to life—both its gifts and its sorrows. As J. Bruce Murphy points out in his foreword:

“The theme of this book is to show that these holy mysteries are not allegory, poetry, or simple fantasy. Rather, they are actual facts that can be known and experienced by each of us, and mere sense-bound intellect will not suffice for us to reach an understanding of these mysteries.”

Or, as Rudolf Steiner tells us in The Philosophy of Freedom, “knowledge itself shall become organically alive.”

Neill Reilly shows how devotion and thinking with the heart—the Marian way of heart knowing—can guide us on our path toward true freedom. And, “what better help could we ever have than Mary, the Gospel of St. John, and The Philosophy of Freedom.”

The Marian Way of Heart Knowledge:
From Mary through St. John’s Gospel
to Rudolf Steiner’s Philosophy of Freedom

Mr. Reilly’s new book is a superb distillation of his many years of study and thought. The book combines theology, philosophy and Anthroposophy in a poetic and engaging discussion of The Marian Way. The Virgin's heart is both the seat of courage and of spiritual thinking. Her example guided St. John and revealed the “fact” of Christ's spiritual covenant with man in opening a new age of spiritual evolution.

Mr. Reilly examines in detail the Gospels which describe Mary's part in Christ's mission, and then examines her relationship to St. John and his Gospel. He then discusses at length Rudolf Steiner’s Philosophy of Freedom and how Steiner's work illuminates the “fact” of the coming New Age and the Marian Way of achieving the coming of Christ’s fulfillment. He finishes with examples of Mary’s continuing engagement with humanity and some of the convincing apparitions of the Virgin over the years and the effect of these “apparitions” on those who were witness to them.

The book is illustrated effectively with beautiful reproductions of old masters’ paintings which usefully support Mr. Reilly’s arguments. Therefore, the book is not only well written and argued, but carries in its design an effective poetic charge which amplifies the philosophical text. It is a happy and pleasant book to read and leaves the reader pondering the great issues he describes. The book can be usefully kept at hand and dipped into, and every page contains wisdom worth returning to.

It is not a book strictly for Catholics, Philosophers or Anthroposophists, but for anyone seeking spiritual renewal and guidance and rewards close attention. An excellent work by a thoughtful man.

C O N T E N T S:

Foreword by J. Bruce Murphy

Mary, St. John, and Dr. Rudolf Steiner
The Gospel of St. John
The Philosophy of Freedom
Marian Sites
Marian Apparitions
• “Our Lady of Guadalupe” by Gene Gollogly


Neill Reilly

Neill Reilly was born and raised on Long Island, New York. He graduated from Bowdoin College with a B.A. in Philosophy and from The Waldorf Institute at Adelphi University with an M.A. in Waldorf Pedagogy. Neill taught high school English for seven years at the Kimberton and Garden City Waldorf schools and at a Catholic high school and coached basketball, track, and lacrosse. He also directed plays. After teaching, he worked as a salesperson at Merrill Lynch, Lehman Brothers, Jefferies and Company, and numerous financial technology firms including EJV, NEON, and TIBCO. He is married with two children. Neill is also the author of Songs and Dreams: By Seeking We Are Found (Lindisfarne Books, 2017)