Our Lady and Sheen

Sheen and Love in the confessional

The Power of Love by Ven. Fulton Sheen gives an encouragement to those who wish to love. Namely priests and doctors.

One can never love in a hurry… To hurry the distressed and the disturbed, either through the confessional or the parlor or the clinic, is to make oneself a merchant dealing with things, rather than a dedicated servant of the poor, the sick and the disturbed…

Every human person has within himself a rhythm or a tempo, to which the one who serves must tune in…The speeding up of confessions, the rushing of consultations, or imposing one’s own mind in counseling, are failures to love. To love anyone means to give one’s talent, to give one’s time, to give one’s money; in a word, to become identified with the soul in crisis.

How intense a calling it is then to be a priest, or a doctor, or a teacher! Let us examine quickly the ideal that Ven. Sheen is calling for. First, we must give of ourselves. It may not be money, or counsel, but it will be that more precious item we are given by God: TIME. Each time we help someone, we MUST give time. Using time is the most charitable act that we can have upon earth. I may be wrong, but if we are to do things for our fellow man out of Love of God (the theological virtue of Charity), we give only what God has already given us. Time is irreplaceable on earth, and is the most charitable of gifts.

Second, we must always look towards the person as a person in the image and likeness of God. We do not errr… We should not pretend to know God in his wholeness, for who is God’s counselor? (Romans 11:34). We take time to “investigate” God through prayer. Sometimes with our friends we receive more knowledge that we wish to have, and we lose part of our friendship. The same was true with Christ’s mission on earth, many abandoned him when it became too “intimate” (John 6:66). We must invest time in our relationship, even if you are blessed with interlocutions they still take seconds to process in our mind or ears. How much more then should we listen to our fellow man, who is not yet perfected as God is perfect? My guess is that it would take more than a cursory glance at the man.

Finally, sometimes we must give money, or talent, or something else of value. We can not always just tell someone to have peace, and be warm and fed; we must often do more than just give our time! (James 2:15-17) We must give talent and treasure to the needy, or we have done little to help them see the physical manifestation of Christ’s passionate love.

For those of you called to lay down your life for a friend, how blessed are you to partake in the sacrifice of Christ! For those of us called to lay down $20 or a coat and perform a smaller act of love, are we too proud to perform that act of humble charity? Perhaps in the building up of e virtues of Charity we will be more ready to courageously face the laying down of our physical life for our friends… Or, with the Grace of God lay down our lives for our enemy.

Perhaps, the greatest act of love is to lay down our lives out of love for God, constantly. I know I am far from that goal. But one day, perhaps, God will give me the grace to answer his call more deeply and be less selfish.

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us!
Our Lady, Mother of God, pray for us.

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March 18, 2013 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , ,

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