Our Lady and Sheen

I like my women like I like my… (part 3)

Continued from yesterday’s discussion on whether or not I like my women like I like my Mass.

3. Drama Filled

Do I think my “type” of woman is drama filled… Golly Gee… I hope not.

“But Wait! But Wait!  The Mass is pretty boring, it’s the same thing every time… that’s the opposite of drama!  Stop lying!”

Is the Mass drama free or drama filled?  Each and every Mass we join the throngs of the Church victorious in the worship of our Maker.  We are welcomed with psalms of praise (or chants, or hymns), the priest approaching the altar as Jesus did on Palm Sunday.  We hear the words spoken to us from the ambo as the sermon on the mount.  We then take part in the once and for all sacrifice of the Cross, the unbloody re-presentation of Calvary.  We then approach that sanctuary and receive God, who has condescended Himself once again, taking on the appearance of Bread and Wine as once He took on the flesh and blood of man, and He offers himself to us, as we offer ourselves to Him.  Then, we are told to go out and convert the world, making disciples.

This sounds pretty dramatic to me.  I’d be okay if my type of woman was less full of drama.

Here we use the analogy of drama. Suppose that some great play write wrote a magnificent drama, the greatest one that was ever composed. It might conceivably be of a community of people who are suffering from leprosy were cured of that disease, how they were restored to peace and unity among themselves, and how they all began to live in charity. Suppose furthermore that this drama was so well-written and acted and presented that it would be a shame if only the people of one city and one theatre and one time saw it. What a tragedy, we would say, that a drama which did so much for the hearts of men should have no other recaller, no other memory than what, say, four dramatic critics wrote about it, telling about the characters, quoting the lines. Do you think Our Lord went through this tragedy of Calvary only once and intended to leave no other memory than what four writers (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) might say about it? Of course not! Just as theatre producers would organize road companies of that great drama, so our blessed Lord organized road companies, as it were. The great tragedian, Christ, offered his life for the sins of the world in accordance with the script that had been written by his heavenly Father, and immediately afterwards, in accordance with his instructions, the tragedy of Calvary is repeated throughout the world, thanks to the road companies as it were, which are playing to packed houses every day, even to this very hour. This re-presentation, this re-enactment of the sacrifice of Christ on the Cross applied to our day and to our lives is the Mass. – Archbishop Fulton Sheen, Your Life is Worth Living

St. Raphael, pray for us.

More tomorrow!

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April 18, 2012 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , ,

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