Mary Magdalene … did not do what you and I would do. She did not pour out the precious perfume drop by drop as if to indicate by the slowness of the giving the generosity of the gift. She broke the vessel and gave everything, for love knows no limits. Immediately the house was filled with perfume. It was almost as if, after the death of that perfume and the breaking of the bottle, there was a resurrection. Broken things are precious. We eat broken bread because we share in the death of our Lord and his broken life. Broken flowers give perfume. Broken incense is used in adoration. A broken ship saved Paul and many other passengers on the way to Rome. Sometimes the only way the good Lord can get into some hearts is to break them.
Gary Mesibov and Marie Howley, Visual information: adding meaning, Chapter 7, in Accessing the Curriculum for Pupils with Autistic Spectrum Disorders. Using the TEACCH Programme to Help Inclusion, David Fulton Publishers, London, 2003, p. 84
The revelation of Fatima is a reminder that we live in a moral universe, that evil is self-defeating, that good is self-preserving; that the basic trouble of the world are not in politics or economics but in our hearts and our souls, and that spiritual regeneration is the condition of social amelioration.
“If you could have preexisted your mother, would you not have made her the most perfect woman that ever lived—one so beautiful she would have been the sweet envy of all women, and one so gentle and so merciful that all other mothers would have sought to imitate her virtues? Why, then, should we think that God would do otherwise?” - Archbishop Fulton Sheen
It takes three to make love, not two: you, your spouse, and God. Without God people only succeed in bringing out the worst in one another. Lovers who have nothing else to do but love each other soon find there is nothing else. Without a central loyalty life is unfinished.
Fulton J. Sheen, Seven Words of Jesus and Mary: Lessons from Cana and Calvary
“Notice how much Our Blessed Lady is made the link of bringing Christ to humanity. First of all, it was through her as a Gate of Heaven that he walked into this earth. It was in her as a Mirror of Justice that he first saw with human eyes the reflection of the world he had made. It is in her as a kind of living ciborium that he is carried to the first Communion rail of her cousin’s home, where an unborn babe salutes him as the Host who is to be the Guest of the World. It is through her intercession at Cana that he brings his Divine Power to supply a human need. And it is finally at the cross that she who gave Christ to the world, now receives him back again in us who have the high and undeserved honor to call ourselves Christian.
Because of this intimacy I wonder if it is not true that as the world loses veneration for Christ’s mother, it loses also its adoration of Christ. Is it not true in earthly relationships that, as a so-called friend ignores your mother when he comes to your home, sooner or later he will ignore you? Conversely, as the world begins knocking at Mary’s door, it will find that Our Lord himself will answer.
If you have never before prayed to Mary, do so now. Can you not see that if Christ himself willed to be physically formed in her for nine months and then be spiritually formed by her for thirty years, it is to her that we must go to learn how to have Christ formed in us? Only she who raised Christ can raise a Christian.” - Archbishop Fulton Sheen
“Four instincts deeply imbedded in the human heart: affection for the beautiful; admiration for purity; reverence for a Queen; and love of a Mother. All of these come to a focus in Mary.”
~ Ven. Archbishop Fulton Sheen
Navajo Nation Head Start teachers receive master’s degrees
Three Head Start teachers from the Navajo Nation have earned master’s degrees.Samantha Johnson, Rolanda White and Percilla Shortman graduated from the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University on May 15. They earned a master’s in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in early childhood education.
We may be tempted to say, ‘Our Lord is enough for me. I have no need of Mary’. But Jesus needed her, whether we do or not. And, what is more important, our blessed Lord gave us His Mother as our Mother. As with Cana, she knows what we need before we do. She is the link. The mother is not the doctor, and neither is Mary the Savior. But Mary brings us to the Savior.
"Can you not see that if Christ himself willed to be physically formed in her for nine months, and then be spiritually formed by her for thirty years, it is to her that we must go to learn how to have Christ formed in us? Only she who raised Christ can raise a true Christian.“ - Archbishop Fulton Sheen