So, I am going to overlook the comments that open Chapter 10 where Sheen describes men as irrational in certain matters of the flesh! The true focus of the chapter is that our crosses can lead to greater love. Permanent love, Sheen says, is only attainable by “passing through a Calvary”. That is a common perspective on the purpose for the pain, suffering and challenges in our lives. These difficult times can strengthen us or crush us. God does not desire the misfortunes that come our way, but these challenges can help us to attain greater love. Sheen goes on to say that love needs constant purification and that this happens only through sorrow.
Mary is a woman of pure and holy love, not because God spared her from pain and sorrow, but because “the Divine Lord called her into the fellowship of his suffering”. How do we approach that call in our own lives? This can be a real challenge at times, especially when people we love suffer. What parent would not take on the pains and challenges of their child or spouse of their beloved? Jesus took on suffering for us and Mary must have longed to take that from him.
Mary’s heart was pierced, and her love increased. So much so, that her body follows her soul and is assumed into heaven. Sheen says that God exerts a gravitational pull on all souls and that because of the intense love of Mary, that “pull” lifted up her body as well. Sheen gives us a simple human explanation for the Divine mystery of the Assumption. God draws each of us to himself as well, however, we resist and try to anchor ourselves in many ways to the things of this world! May Mary be our example and intercessor that we too might strive after heavenly things and allow God to draw us to himself.
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