Chapters 12, 13 and 14 The World's First Love: Mary, Mother of God 1

Sheen’s insight in Chapter 12 still rings true some 66 years later! He assesses the differences between men and women. To men, he assigns the “powers” of reason, governing, dedication to the temporal and material and being the giver. In these areas throughout history and for Jesus, according to Sheen, men have failed. While men have failed, women have not. One prophetic statement in this book written in the 50’s was that democracy was becoming an arithmocracy where people would no longer be self-determined personalities, but “groups moved by alien and extrinsic forces of propaganda.” Wow. Point on for the 2010’s. The purpose for Sheen to develop this line of thought is to understand how a woman, Mary, is needed to restore purity, needed to restore the spiritual image of people.

In the next chapter, Sheen lays out the seven laws of love based on the seven times in scripture Mary speaks. This is how the restoration will be accomplished, through love. His enlightening list concludes with the law that “the end of all human love is doing the will of God.” The perfection in following this law is found in Jesus and in Mary. If we can just say, “Not my will, but Thine be done, O Lord!” We must empty ourselves, die to self, so that God can now fill our hearts. A wonderful message as we approach Christmas. Jesus emptied himself and took on flesh to dwell among us and, in doing so, gives us the greatest gift…a share in Divine Life. The plan of salvation begins to unfold and we can also empty ourselves so that we might one day dwell with him.

Have a Blessed Christmas!

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  • Mary French

    My thoughts on this group of chapters are quite simple. In an effort to keep it short, I will say that I found myself nodding in agreement throughout chapters 13 and 14 as Sheen explained various aspects of love. Not agreement such as voting “True!”, but agreement of the type where I could see both places where I have been (love places) as well as places where I have yet to make an extended visit. Through the lens of love, I could clearly see my shortcomings and areas in need of much more effort and improvement – from prayer to relationships. One line in chapter 14 offers a succinct summary of how love can be misunderstood and perverted — and I can’t help but nod my assent here as well, in seeing this as a chronic societal love-flaw that somehow the world has come to accept as the norm.

    “Digestive love centers in the person whom one loves. It assimilates persons, as the stomach assimilates food, using them as means to either its own pleasure or its own utility”.