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Book Title: Life of Christ|
The author of the book: Fulton J. Sheen
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Date of issue: August 16th 1977
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Life of Christ by Archbishop Fulton Sheen is a rich exegesis of Our Lord’s life from the four recorded accounts in the Christian ‘New Testament’. Reading this book was the opportunity to delve into familiar passages and come away renewed in spirit. Although much of what Archbishop Sheen writes wasn’t new to me, it was frequently written or presented in such a way as to shed light from a different angle or draw my attention to subtle nuances long-overlooked or forgotten. Also I found a sympathetic friend in this author, whose works I have long neglected. He showed me actual reasons why some encounters/events in Scripture have always touched me without my understanding why this was so.
For example, the story of Simon and the unnamed penitent woman described in Luke 7:36-50 is sometimes called ‘The Pardon of the Sinful Woman’ which (to me) overlooks the even greater sins of the Pharisaical Simon something the evangelist Luke has Jesus spell out for us—lest we miss any of them. In Sheen’s book, the account is described in a chapter entitled “The Intruder Was a Woman”. The cold reception afforded Our Lord by skeptical and inhospitable Simon is contrasted with the deep humility underlying the bold intrusion of the penitent woman. She is willing to enter a stranger's dwelling, fully aware of her lack of status, invitation, and welcome, to brave whatever might happen in order to surrender herself in her ointment. The Archbishop’s description of this story was better than I had ever heard or even imagined, although this story almost always makes me cry when it is read at Mass. I like this woman’s moxie and always wonder if I would have had the courage to do as she did, especially with all the cultural taboos women faced then. Later Sheen writes:‘The love of this woman grew in proportion to her gratitude for pardon. It was not the quantity of sin, but rather the consciousness of it and the mercy extended in its forgiveness, which manifested the great love of this penitent woman. Much was forgiven her; therefore she loved much. Nothing so much brings one person in contact with another as the confession of sin. When a friend tells us of his success, he stands at a distance from our heart; when he tells of his guilt with tears, he is very near... He who makes light of sin will make light of forgiveness. He who makes light of really serious wounds will never appreciate the power of the physician. Simon had something to learn; so he invited a teacher; the woman had something to be forgiven, so she poured out her contrite tears on the Divine Creditor Who proved to be her Savior.’This is just one example and far from the best in the book, except that maybe it is the easiest for me to offer as something which speaks most deeply to me as a woman and repentant sinner. Or perhaps it is because I have so often been inspired by this story to seek confession and in so doing found My Savior.
A book I will return to often!
I am highlighting many good lines from this text and reading approximating a chapter a night. What I love most about the text is how Archbishop Fulton Sheen emphasizes the person-hood of Our LORD numerous times in throughout the narrative. Sheen tells us that the power behind the word in Scripture is in The Word, i.e., The Word is a Person, Our LORD, Jesus Christ.
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Read information about the authorFulton John Sheen, born Peter John Sheen 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, and so he is now referred to as a "Servant of God".
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