Very few books have the ability to envelope one’s mind and soul as much as Fulton J. Sheen’s, The World’s First Love. I must admit that for the past few months, the majority of my time has not been dedicated to the Guardian Angels of Education. Rather, it has been dedicated to savoring the spiritual food that this book presents. On every page it seemed like there is something delectable to chew on, to ponder, and to fall more in love with in regard to Our blessed Mother.
It has been a month since I finished this book, and as I write this post, I am still enamored with the vibrations of Sheen’s words. His sheer love for our Spiritual Mother is painted in the eloquence of his words that so beautifully describe her. In this book, he describes Our Lady’s role our tireless spiritual companion and he calls us to recognize her importance amongst the backdrop of modern society.
One of the arguments he makes is that the roles of both men and women have changed since the promotion of a equality amongst genders. He claims that since men and women are becoming more and more “equal” in the economic and social senses, the rearing of “real men” and “real women” has been affected to a point that little honor is given to either of the sexes. He argues that women and their innate nurturing dispositions are the foundation of functional society. Like Mary, their ability to foster boys and girls into “real men” and “real women” is pivotal to the survival of our race. Without strong women, both men and children lack direction and love.
As I stated before, this book is filled with so much spiritual “meat” that every page requires the reader to ponder in their hearts the meaning of Mary’s role in their lives as well as her importance to Christ’s plan of salvation. It is the best book I have read in many years and I recommend it to anyone who has questions about Mary or the Catholic Church in general.
Live Jesus in our hearts forever!