As Catholics, sometimes we forget the wealth of information we have from the writings from 2000 years of theologians and Church Leaders. I came across this by Bishop Fulton Sheen. As many of you know, he was famous in the 1950’s for his public TV broadcasts. He is often credited for showing the “softer side” of Catholocism; one the average Christian could identify with, rather than the cold, hard institution you often see from the News Media.
Anyway, I want to show you what Bishop Sheen wrote about Mary. Any Non-Catholics or any Catholics who have trouble praying with Mary, may find this interesting:
*As Eden was the Paradise of Creation, Mary is the Paradise of the Incarnation, and in her as a Garden was celebrated the first nuptials of God and man. The closer one gets to fire, the greater the heat; the closer one is to God, the greater the purity. But since no one was ever closer to God than the woman whose human portals He threw open to walk this earth, then no one could have been more pure than she….
The key to understanding Mary is this: We do not start with Mary. We start with Christ, the Son of the living God! The less we think of Him, the less we think of her, the more we think of Him, the more we think of her; the more we adore His Divinity, the more we venerate her Motherhood; the less we adore His Divinity, the less reason we have for respecting her….
No one who thinks logically about Christ can understand such a question as: “Why do you speak so often of His Mother?”…. It may be objected: “Our Lord is enough for me. I have no need of her.” But He needed her, whether we do or not. And what is more important, Our Blessed Lord gave us His Mother as our Mother….
Mary is a window through which our humanity first catches a glimpse of Divinity on earth. Or perhaps she is more like a magnifying glass that intensifies our love of her Son, and makes our prayers more bright and burning.
God, Who made the sun, also made the moon. The moon does not take away from the brilliance of the sun. The moon would only be a burnt-out cinder floating in the immensity of space, were it not for the sun. All its light is reflected from the sun. The Blessed Mother reflects her Divine Son; without Him she is nothing. With Him, she is the Mother of Men. *
From Sheen’s, The World’s First Love
I hope you appreciated this as much as I did.
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