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Overview Bishop Sheen interprets the relationship between the seven recorded words that Mary spoke in the Gospels and the seven last words of Jesus as he hung on the cross.
Publishers Description A meditation on the seven words of Mary's life as recorded in the Scriptures and Our Lord's seven words on the cross. It is interesting and instructive that Our Lord spoke only seven times on Calvary and that his mother is recorded as speaking only seven times, the last of which is at the Marriage Feast of Cana, the beginning of Christ's ministry.
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More About Fulton J. Sheen
Fulton John Sheen (born Peter John Sheen, May 8, 1895 – December 9, 1979) was an American archbishop of the Roman Catholic Church known for his preaching and especially his work on television and radio. His cause for canonization for sainthood was officially opened in 2002. In June 2012, Pope Benedict XVI officially recognized a decree from the Congregation for the Causes of Saints stating that he lived a life of "heroic virtues" – a major step towards beatification – so he is now referred to as "Venerable".
Ordained a priest of the Diocese of Peoria in 1919, Sheen quickly became a renowned theologian, earning the Cardinal Mercier Prize for International Philosophy in 1923. He went on to teach theology and philosophy as well as acting as a parish priest before being appointed Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of New York in 1951. He held this position until 1966 when he was made the Bishop of Rochester from October 21, 1966 to October 6, 1969, when he resigned and was made the Archbishop of the Titular See of Newport, Wales.
For 20 years he hosted the night-time radio program The Catholic Hour (1930–1950) before moving to television and presenting Life Is Worth Living (1951–1957). Sheen's final presenting role was on the syndicated The Fulton Sheen Program (1961–1968) with a format very similar to that of the earlier Life is Worth Living show. For this work, Sheen twice won an Emmy Award for Most Outstanding Television Personality, the only personality appearing on the DuMont Network ever to win a major Emmy award.[clarification needed] Starting in 2009, his shows were being re-broadcast on the EWTN and the Trinity Broadcasting Network's Church Channel cable networks. Due to his contribution to televised preaching Sheen is often referred to as one of the first televangelists.
Fulton J. Sheen was born in 1895 and died in 1979.
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AMAZINGLY WELL DONE REPRINT OF THIS NEAR SEVENTY YEAR OLD BOOKLET OF MARY'S WORDS Jan 4, 2008
The well-known Reverend Fulton Sheen (for whom the well-known actor Martin Sheen chose his stage name) wrote this book fairly early in his public ministry, as it was first published in the forties and reprinted in 1953. Those early editions are still generously available here upon the this site, for example at Seven words of Jesus and Mary, as well as now this well crafted recent reprint from Liguori Publictions, the noted Catholic printing house.
Please note this work is under one hundred pages, yet presents an intriguing theological analysis of the interplay of the words of the the Blessed Virgin Mary, compared and complemented with the so-called Seven Last Words of her Son Jesus Christ on Calvary.
Please remember we here speak of the significant number seven in the same way we speak of the seven days of Creation. Certainly counting word for word we may find in the varying Gospels more than seven individual words. The sense lies in seven sayings or sentences, as was traditionally understood at the traditional Good Friday sermon. And thus Bishop Sheen presents as well seven "words" of Mary.
Perhaps the most earth-shaking words of Our Blessed Mother of God are those recorded by Saint Luke at the Visitation, when she declares the Magnificat announcing the fulfillment of the vision of Isaiah in her unborn son. God has done mighty things. Holy is His Name. Previewing the Beatitudes, she declares blessings for the poor and woe to the rich, as the poor will be filled with every good thing and the rich sent empty away (or as in the Latin, filled with vanity and inanities). The powerful will be torn down from their thrones and the humble lifted up. The Magnificat for good reason is recited standing with special liturgical mmovements and antiphons each evening in Vespers, and is further commentated in such works as Le Magnificat, ou, La revolution de Dieu (Racines), Mary: Model of Justice (Reflections on the Magnificat), etc., etc., etc. With so much spiritual wealth available we may of course forego therefore in this vein the opportunity to read the new collection of conference papers of widely varying quality gathered in Living the Magnificat: Affirming Catholicism in a Broken World (Affirming Catholicism).
In any case, and not to dwell much longer upon it, we may find Bishop Sheen's brief booklet herein well published once more by Liguori. We may hear once more with him and through his meditations that interesting conversation in Cana, and the painful words of Calvary. Much is hidden within this seemingly small book, and as we look even now ahead to Lent we may consider it for our Lenten lectio divina. Highly recommended for all Catholics wishing to experience and to begin to understand more deeply the tender and strong relationship of mother and divine son. We Catholics may also well turn to such well known and respected works as Mary, Mother of the Redemption: The Religious Basis of the Mystery of Mary, Praying With Jesus And Mary: Our Father, Hail Mary and Mary of Nazareth: Prophet of Peace.
I read it every Lent. Aug 23, 2007
This book starts my Lent every year followed by Abandonment to Divine Providence. They both draw me into a much deeper spiritual life.