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 | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

To be lead wither I wouldst not…

“Amen, amen I say to thee, when thou wast younger, thou didst gird thyself, and didst walk where thou wouldst. But when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and lead thee whither thou wouldst not.” – John 21:18

Our Lord was speaking prophetically to St. Peter about the way in which he would suffer and die. These words struck me while I was walking along the lake with the sun shining, and the wind blowing, praying a rosary. (Lest you think I am too Holy, I definitely had to look up the verse, and I though I was clever for thinking this involved St. Peter’s death… forgetting that the next verse says clearly that it is about St. Peter’s death.) I was struck with how much I was enjoying the day, and then my mind wandered to the times of persecution and really emphasised the joy I was feeling with the gifts that God gives us.

I worry sometimes about suffering. And then, being in Florida, I notice all the… wise… people that come down here for vacation or to live. And I think that for most people the world will not have them arrested, tried, and crucified, but their bodies will begin to become frail, and we will be dressed by others and lead around by others. I write this as a reminder to those preparing for the world to reject them, as it rejected our Lord, that we must also be prepared for the longer “suffering” of age.

Strengthen yourself in Virtue and in the reception of Grace so that you may be able to take both of these “leading thee wither you wouldst not goes” in stride and Love for God.

Our Lady, Mother of Sorrows, pray for us.

February 19, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment