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Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Mary TV April 12, 2016 Reflection - A Prophecy from Fulton Sheen
Fulton J. Sheen, Roman Catholic Bishop and early television preacher (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
(c)Mateo Ivankovic 2016
April 12, 2016
Dear Family of Mary!
January 25, 1987 The first apparition of the 25th of the month, given to Marija, for the parish:
I want to appeal to all of you to start living a new life from this day
on. Dear children, I wish that you would understand that God has chosen
each one of you to have a part in the great plan for the salvation of
mankind. You cannot fully understand how great your role is in God's
design. For that reason, pray, dear children, so that through prayer,
you may be able to know your role in God's plan. I am with you, so that
you may be able to realize it fully."
Today I want to
share with you a reflection I wrote on the Feast of the Assumption in
2015. I quote Archbishop Fulton Sheen. He give a prophecy that I am
blown away by. I am adding a few paragraphs to my original quote,
because I think they are important. Sorry this is long, but it is really
In "The World's
First Love, Mary, Mother of God" by Archbishop Fulton J Sheen, Sheen
points to something in a prophetic way that we are experiencing. "The
World's First Love" was written in 1952, only two years after the Dogma
of the Assumption was declared by Pope Pius XII. And yet, Sheen seems to
see the plan of God in that declaration. Let's listen to him:
doctrine of the Assumption, the Church meets the despair of the world in
a second way. She affirms the beauty of life as against death. When
wars, sex, and sin multiply the discords of men, and death threatens on
every side, the Church bids us lift up our hearts to the life that has
the immortality of the Life that nourished it. Feuerbach said that a man
is what he eats. He was more right than he knew. Eat the food of earth,
and one dies: eat the Eucharist, and one lives eternally. She, who is
the mother of the Eucharist, escapes the decomposition of death.
Assumption challenges the nothingness of the Mortician philosophers in a
new way. The greatest task of the spiritual leaders today is to save
mankind from despair, into which sex and fear of death have cast it. The
world that used to say, "Why worry about the next world, when we live
in this one?" has finally learned the hard way that, by not thinking
about the next life, one cannot even enjoy this life. When optimism
completely breaks down and becomes pessimism, the Church holds forth the
promise of hope. Threatened as we are by war on all sides, with death
about to be rained from the sky by Promethean fires, the Church defines a
truth that has Life at its center. Like a kindly mother whose sons are
going off to war, she strokes our heads and says: "You will come back
alive, as Mary came back again after walking down the valley of Death."
As the world fears defeat by death, the Church sings the defeat of
death. Is not this the harbinger of a better world, as the refrain of
life rings out amidst the clamors of the philosophers of death?
Communism teaches that man has only a body, but not a soul, so the
Church answers: "Then let us begin with a body." As the mystical body of
the anti-Christ gathers around the tabernacle doors of the cadaver of
Lenin, periodically filled with wax to give the illusion of immortality
to those who deny immorality, the Mystical Body of Christ bids the
despairing to gaze on the two most serious wounds earth ever received:
the empty tomb of Christ and the empty tomb of Mary. In 1854 the Church
spoke of the Soul of the Immaculate Conception. In 1950 her language was
about the Body; the Mystical Body, the Eucharist, and the Assumption.
With deft dogmatic strokes the church is repeating Paul's truth to
another pagan age: "Your bodies are meant for the Lord." There is
nothing in a body to beget despair. Man is related to Nothingness, as
the philosophers of decadentism teach, but only in his origin, not in
his destiny. They put nothingness as the end; the Church puts it at the
beginning, for man was created ex nihilo.
The modern man gets back to nothingness through despair; the Christian
knows nothingness through self-negation, which is humility. The more
that the pagan "nothings" himself, the closer he gets to God. Mary went
so deep down into Nothingness that she became exalted. Respexit humilitatem ancillae suae. And her exaltation was also her Assumption.
to the beginning...to Eros and Thanatos; sex and death, said Freud, are
related. They are related in this sense: Eros as egotistic love leads
to the death of the soul. But the world need not live under that curse.
The Assumption gives Eros a new meaning. Love does lead to death. Where
there is love, there is self-forgetfulness, and the maximum in
self-forgetfulness is the surrender of life. "Greater love than this no
man that, that he lay down his life for his friends' (Jn 15:13). Our
Lord's love led to His death. Mary's love led to her transfixion with
seven swords. Greater love than this no woman hath, that she stand
beneath the Cross of her Son to share, in her own way, in the Redemption
of the world.
three decades the definition of the Assumption will cure the pessimism
and despair of the modern world. Freud, who did so much to develop this
pessimism, took as his motto; "If I cannot move the Gods on high, I
shall set all hell in an uproar." That uproar which he created will now
be stilled by a Lady as powerful as an "army drawn up in battle array."
The age of the "body beautiful" will now become the age of the
there is a triple transition. In the annunciation we pass from the
holiness of the Old Testament to the holiness of Christ. At Pentecost we
pass from the holiness of the historical Christ to the holiness of the
Mystical Christ or His Body, which is the Church. Mary here received the
Spirit for a second time. The first overshadowing was to give birth to
the Head of the Church: this second overshadowing is to give birth to
His Body as she is in the midst of the Apostles abiding in prayer. The
third transition is the Assumption, as she becomes the first human
person to realize the historical destiny of the faithful as members of
Christ's Mystical Body, beyond time, beyond death, and beyond judgment.
always in the vanguard of humanity. She is compared to Wisdom, presiding
at creation; she is announced as the woman who will conquer Satan, as
the Virgin who will conceive. She becomes the first person since the
Fall to have a unique and unrepeatable kind of union with God; she
mothers the infant Christ in Bethlehem; she mothers the Mystical Christ
at Jerusalem; and now, by her Assumption, she goes ahead like her Son to
prepare a place for us. She participates in the glory of her son,
reigns with Him, presides at His Side over the destinies of the Church
in time, and intercedes for us, to Him, as He, in His turn, intercedes
to the Heavenly Father.
before Eve chronologically. The new Adam, Christ, comes after the new
Eve, Mary, chronologically, although existentially He preceded her as
the Creator a creature. By stressing for the moment only the time
element, Mary always seems to be the advent of what is in store for man.
She anticipates Christ for nine months, as she bears Heaven within her;
she anticipates His Passion at Cana and His Church at Pentecost. Now,
in the last great doctrine of the Assumption, she anticipates Heavenly
glory, and the definition comes at a time when men think of it least.
if this could not be the last of the great truths of Mary to be defined
by the Church. Anything else might seem to be an anticlimax after she
is declared to be in Heaven, body and soul. But actually there is one
other truth left to be defined, and that is that she is the Mediatrix,
under her Son, of all graces. As St. Paul speaks of the Ascension of Our
Lord as the prelude to His intercession for us, so we fittingly, should
speak of the Assumption of Our Lady as a prelude to her intercession
for us. First, the place, Heaven; then the function, intercession. The
nature of her role is not to call her Son's attention to some need, in
an emergency unnoticed by Him, nor is it to "win" a difficult consent.
Rather it is to unite herself to His compassionate Mercy and give a
human voice to His Infinite Love. The main ministry of Mary is to
incline men's' hearts to obedience to the will of her Divine Son. Her
last recorded words at Cana are still her words in the Assumption;
"Whatsoever He shall say to you, that do ye." ("The World's First Love"
clearly sees that Mary, in her Assumption, is the key to our age of
despair. In Mary, humanity has hope. In her Assumption, life again has
meaning. We are not creatures without souls, and without an eternal
future. We are called to live forever with our God, who loves us, and
Mary shows us the way.
I also find it
interesting that in 1952 Archbishop Sheen would project that in three
decades after the Dogma was declared "the definition of the Assumption
will cure the pessimism and despair of the modern world." This is a huge
claim. Sheen died in 1979, just shy of the three decades. What came
next he could not have foreseen. Our Lady came to Medjugorje in 1981 and
since then has been curing pessimism and despair in millions of her
children. Through her presence, her messages and her intercession, Mary
is reversing the terrible curse of atheism and despair in the world, one
person at a time.
I also believe that
Our Lady in Medjugorje has set up camp, declaring that she is with us in
our fight against Satan and all evil. She is with us to help us draw
close to her Son and to learn to live Him. She is with us in these days
to be Jesus' compassionate Mercy for us. She intercedes in our midst, in
Medjugorje, to bring about the Kingdom of Heaven in us. The Dogma of
the Assumption is bearing great fruit in our day, as Sheen said. It is
curing pessimism and despair, and bringing us heaven through Our Lady's
presence in Medjugorje!! If Sheen is right and Mary is the advent of all
of God's great works, the Incarnation, the Passion, the Birth of the
Church, and now Heavenly Glory, then her coming to Medjugorje must be
the advent of the coming of her Son. She is here to prepare the way for