Divine Life of the Most Holy Virgin
I was clearing out some books today and discovered this. I never read it and assume it must belong to a relative because neither of my parents has read it. Would any of you recommend reading this book (The Divine Life of the Most Holy Virgin by Ven. Mary of Agreda)? I remember being told there was some uncertainty over whether the Church accepts the writings as wholesome, is that still the case?
it's all right to read.  the visions are very descriptive and even a little fantastic, but it is the life of the Virgin.  It makes for good meditation when one prays the rosary.
There's another book like that that includes the writings/visions of four female mystics that somebody compiled, The Life of Mary as Seen by the Mystics which I really like.  Looks like you can get it at amazon for under $6 if interested.

Sorry, I haven't read the book you mentioned (though it's on one of my shelves), so I'm not really qualified...
Depending on the edition you have (mine is from Tan) it'll tell you the history of the text.  It was put under a ban a couple of times ( I think because of translation issues).  Nothing in the book however is in contradcion with scripture, though
This is an abridgment of the "City of God," by Ven. Mary of Agreda. From the Introduction:

"As the City of God so strenuously maintains the prerogatives of the Mother of God and the authority of the Popes, it was not to be expected that it should escape the malicious slander and intrigues of those tainted with Jansenism and Gallicanism. Many members of the Sorbonne in Paris were secret or open adherers of these sects at the time when the Ciudad was first published in French about the year 1678. The first translation in French was very inexact and contained many interpolations and false versions of the original. Dr. Louis Elias du Pin and Dr. Hideux of the Sorbonne made this translation the foundation of virulent attacks. Du Pin was called by Pope Clement XI. "Nequioris doctrinse hominem," "A man of pernicious doctrines." Hideux turned out to be a rabid and fanatical Jansenist, cut off from the Church as a heretic. As they and other members of the Sorbonne succeeded in enlisting the sympathy of influential Gallican courtiers and church dignitaries, both in Paris and at Rome, they secured a clandestine prohibition of the "City of God," which appeared in the acts of the Congregation of the Office. When it was discovered, no one could be found who would dare stand sponsor for it, and immediately Pope Innocent XL, on November 9, 1681, annulled the act, positively decreeing that the City of God be freely spread among the clergy and laity. The very fact that this prohibition did not issue from the Index Commission but from a department not concerned with the examination of books, proves that it owes its insertion to Gallican intrigue, secretly extending even to high circles in Rome, and to the fairminded, this sectarian attempt will be a convincing argument for the excellence and orthodoxy of the doctrines contained in the revelations of Mary of Agreda."
Also from the Introduction:

How was Ciudad Received?
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 scrutinized by those in authority, both civil and religious, and afterwards so signally approved as the City of God. By order of Innocent XI, Alexander VIII, Clement IX., 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 favor of the great City of God.
Intriguing book.

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