Chapters 10 and 11 The World's First Love: Mary, Mother of God 1


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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  • Mary French

    This week I am simply going to comment on some self-awareness that I can tie to what Sheen has to say on the topic of sorrow and love going hand in hand during our earthly lives. It’s my personal belief that our perspective determines how sorrow impacts our lives (and this is not said in any way intended to diminish the experience of sorrow and the immense pain that can accompany it). Based on my own personal experience, when I look back on my life … both the good and the bad, the joyful and the sorrowful, I can honestly say that it is through the times of sorrow that I can see significant change, progress in my faith journey, and a tempering of my entire being for the better. Joyful times can have an impact as well, but for me, never to the same degree. I have to believe that we need to know sorrow in order to appreciate joy. We need the process in order to progress. Without it, how would we ever know what to desire? Would we even know to work toward heavenly beatitude? Could we discern that eternal joy is something to pursue as opposed to eternal sorrow? Somewhere in the previous chapters (unless I am mixing up what all I have been reading this Advent) our author mentioned something about bringing our sorrows and troubles to God so that he has something to work with. If we can manage to view them in this manner, as giving God a way to work on us, we come out at the other side all the better, and all the closer to Him. Our perspective can help us bear the sorrows with dignity and a sense of purpose.

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