My thoughts and reflections on my Catholic Faith, Fulton Sheen, the problem of suffering, and books

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Writer's Block, the Cross of Christ, and the Sorrows of His Mother

Writer's block is nasty.  I have 4 blog posts (all of them Sheen related...are y'all surprised?) that have been in draft form for over a month now, yet...I stare at them and nothing comes.  My posts on "God is Not the Author of Your Heartbreak" flowed; I felt inspired.  These 4 blog posts aren't flowing.  Maybe I've been reading too much Fulton Sheen and not enough Scripture.  Maybe I've been spending too much time reading Sheen, job-hunting, listening to Christian music; and not enough time meditating on Sheen's words, on the Cross. 

And yet, yesterday was the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, and today is the Feast of the Seven Sorrows of Our Immaculate Mother.  Once again, the wisdom of Holy Mother Church brings the Cross of Christ to our eyes.  A couple things in the Liturgy of the Hours leapt out at me, so I'm sharing them here--they're much more inspiring than any words of mine could be.
How radiant is that precious cross which brought us our salvation.  In the cross we are victorious, through the cross we shall reign, by the cross all evil is destroyed, alleluia!  (Third Antiphon from Morning Prayer, Triumph of the Cross)
O cross, you are the glorious sign of our victory.  Through your power may we share in the triumph of Christ Jesus.  (Magnificat Antiphon for Evening Prayer)
And in both Morning and Evening Prayer for the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, the antiphons are Christo-centric, because, as many people--Venerable Fulton Sheen included--have pointed out, Mary always leads us to Christ.  She does not point to herself; she points to Christ.  The angel addresses her as "Hail, full of grace"; Mary calls herself the humble "handmaid of the Lord"; Elizabeth praises her: "Blessed art thou among women!" and Mary magnifies her God: "My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord!"  The antiphons for Morning and Evening Prayer are:
My soul clings to You, Lord Jesus Christ.
Let us rejoice that we have been made sharers in Christ's passion. 
It has pleased the Father to reconcile all creation in Himself through the Blood of Christ.
Through His cross, Christ our peace has reconciled us to God.
We have come to the city of the living God, and to Jesus, mediator of the new Covenant.
In Christ we have redemption through His Blood.
 
God Love you!
Yours in His Cross and in Fulton Sheen, who "has written and spoken well" of "Christ and Him Crucified,"
Hurt-ey