We conclude this work by Fulton Sheen with the final two chapters of the book. The last chapter is brief and again brings home the anxiety of nuclear threat under which the people of this time period lived. While, we have more, and more powerful weapons today that are in the possession of some unstable leaders, I don’t think we feel that same type of fear. Perhaps we’ve become too desensitized to the real possibility of nuclear attack and, until it happens, it does not occupy our thoughts or concerns.
The penultimate chapter is the longest in this book and looks at the seven thrusts of the sword that pierced Mary’s heart. In these seven incidents throughout Mary’s life, Sheen shows how Mary shares in the suffering of her Son. Her participation enables her to become the Mother of the Afflicted and, as Sheen puts it, she could not wipe away our tears unless she herself has been their fountain. For Mary and all of us, there needs to be Calvary before there is the Resurrection.
In the beginning of Chapter 21, Sheen’s remarks about evil are still relevant today. He says, “the essence of evil is not robbing, stealing, murdering; it is the crucifixion of Goodness, the elimination of the Moral Principle of life, so that one may sin without remorse or impunity.” This is a huge problem today. The clear definitions of right and wrong have become arbitrary and personal. There is no remorse, because there is no sin. There are no consequences because, I’ve not done anything wrong.
Just a quick thought now that we’ve finished this book. I thought the opening chapters provided fresh and new perspectives that were beneficial to my spiritual journey. Sheen gave several spiritual nuggets upon which one could reflect and apply to one’s own life. Reading the second part of the book was a bit more labored for me. Overall, it was a good book, but, not my favorite Fulton Sheen book. Go to Heaven: A Spiritual Road Map to Eternity still holds that number one spot! Unfortunately, this book is not available free on the Formed.org website, but definitely worth the $12.34 price on Amazon!!
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