St Gabriel Windows

St Gabriel Windows
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Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Lenten Finds for Children and Adults is a great resource for families. I've enjoyed using the coloring pages at their Christian Coloring link for our younger children, especially most recently the Stations of the Cross coloring booklet, pdf format. There are also Lenten meal recipes, book suggestions and the CatholicMom's blog: Catholic Mom Moments. Just follow the links.

The Seven Words of Jesus and Mary: Lessons on Cana and Calvary, by Fulton Sheen, just happens to be what I'm currently reading. It is the companion volume to Characters of the Passion and The Cross and the Beatitudes.

Here's what Aquinas and More Catholic Goods says about it:

"This inspirational classic from one of the most popular and bestloved Catholic prelates of the 20th century interprets the relationship between the seven recorded words that Our Blessed Mother spoke in the Gospels and the seven last words of Jesus as he hung on the cross.

From Cana where Mary set the stage for her Son's first miracle to Jesus' last words from the cross on Calvary, this book analyzes the Gospel story from the intertwined perspectives of Mother and Son, offering solace and solutions to the fears and dilemmas of today's Christian.

In his usual down-to-earth style, Archbishop Sheen compares each of Our Lord's seven words with Our Blessed Mother's chronologically corresponding words, reflecting, in turn, on the value of ignorance, the secret of sanctity, confidence, the search for religious meaning, the purpose of life, and more.

It is in no way coincidental that Jesus spoke only seven times on Calvary, and that his mother is recorded as speaking only seven times in the Gospels. As Bishop Sheen so eloquently says of Mary: "Now that the Sun was out, there was no longer need of the moon to shine. Now that the Word has spoken, there was no longer need of words."

Archbishop, philosopher, preacher, educator, author, and radio and television personality, Fulton J. Sheen is widely regarded as the original media luminary for the spiritual world. A former national director of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, he died in 1979, leaving behind an enormous written and oral legacy, including two companion volumes to this work: Characters of the Passion and The Cross and the Beatitudes."


Johnny-Nobody said...

I reread The Seven Words of Jesus and Mary every Lenten season. It a beautiful and thought-provoking work of Catholic literature. Bishop Sheen will hopefully be a Saint someday.

Denise said...

I agree :) It is a small but rich work. Thanks for your comments.
~ Denise