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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