Ignatius Insight: The Mother of our Savior plays a significant role in several of the conversions described in the book. Obviously she desires the salvation of all men, but is there a specific or unique relationship between Mary and the conversion of Jews to the Catholic Church?
Schoeman: I can only speculate, and I hesitate to do so. For of course she is the mother of all mankind, and every soul is infinitely precious in the eyes of God, and therefore in the eyes of Mary. Nevertheless, it is incontrovertible that Mary was born a Jew, spent her life entirely among her own Jewish people, and remained ever faithful to the Jewish covenant, worshipping God as a Jew. The Jews were her one people, in fact the only people she ever knew, and the particular "flavor" of the Jewish spirituality and love of God were her own. Might she not still have a particular "soft spot" for her own Jewish people? It seems logical to me...
Compiled by Roy Schoeman
Roy Schoeman, a Jewish convert to Catholicism, and best-selling author of Salvation Is From The Jews, once again shows the clear links between Judaism and Catholicism in these inspiring stories of sixteen Jews who became "fulfilled Jews", as Schoeman says, through their spiritual journeys to the Catholic Church. The sixteen people whose stories are told here are a variety of Jews, including some who came from secularized, liberal or even atheistic backgrounds, while others came from Orthodox Judaism. Some were well trained Jews, others unschooled in Judaism; some rich and wildly successful, others down and out. But their common link was they all had a profound longing for God that gave them no peace until they found God Himself in the Catholic Church. Some of these converts are famous people like Edith Stein, Alphonse Ratisbonne, Karl Stern, and Rabbi Zolli, while others are less well known, but all have powerful stories of life-changing spiritual transformations. "Roy Schoeman's work, Honey from the Rock illuminates the essential link between the Jewish faith and Catholicism through the lives of those who were born into the Jewish faith and have come to know the fulfillment of their faith in Christ and His Catholic Church. I recommend Honey from the Rock to anyone who desires to understand the revealed faith of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, which is fulfilled in Jesus Christ and His Mystical Body, the Church. Honey from the Rock illustrates in a most concrete way the truth expounded so well by Roy Schoeman in his earlier work, Salvation is from the Jews, which I also wholeheartedly recommend." -- Raymond L. Burke, Archbishop of Saint Louis "This is a gripping book sketching powerfully the Jewish metaphysical restlessness that nothing can satisfy until they taste Honey from the Divine Rock and recognize in Christ the King of the Jews and the Roman Catholic church as fulfillment of Judaism. This book is a constellation made up of sixteen sons and daughters of Israel for whom overwhelming talents, wordly success, money, pleasure brought nothing but despair. Each one of them had its own path; but what is striking is the role played by the Holy Virgin and the holy hunger for the Eucharist in some of the most amazing conversions. This book will bring joy to its readers and rekindle their hope in the power of God's grace at a time when the ship of Holy Church is battered by the waves of secularism, relativism, infidelity and betrayal." -- Alice von Hildebrand