Father Matthias Joseph Scheeben was born at Meckenheim, Germany in 1835. Held as one of the greatest Catholic theologians of modern times, he taught dogmatic theology at Cologne after becoming a priest in 1858. He went on to author many works, including The Mysteries of Christianity, Nature and Grace, The Glories of Divine Grace, and A Manual of Catholic Theology. Father Scheeben believed that a deeper understanding of Catholic dogma should be available to all Catholics, and strove to make his books accessible to those who share the faith. He died in 1888.