THE WORLD'S FIRST LOVE by Fulton J. Sheen

THE WORLD'S FIRST LOVE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

D.R. Eminent theologian and dignitary of the Roman Catholic Church, Monsignor Sheen here expounds the doctrine of the adoration of the Virgin Mary in all its aspects, in terms designed primarily for the Catholic audience, assuming as he does acceptance of the basic tenets of the faith. The non-Catholic can, nonetheless, find comfort and comprehension in the greater part of the teaching. He divides his exposition into two parts:-The Woman the World Loves, in which he traces the key steps in Mary's life as expounded in the Gospels and other spiritual writings, from the Annunciation to the Assumption; The World the Woman Loves in which he discusses such diverse topics as marriage, virginity, the mysteries of the Rosary, Islam, Communism, the Atomic Age and so on. Philosophy, theology, psychology -- all are merged in a message of spiritual power and worldly understanding and compassion. He makes one feel the all-embracing concept -- so that acceptance of the role of the Virgin Mary, Mother of God, enters into marital relations, parental responsibility, sacrifice, the place of woman in the modern world, Mary as the Madonna of the World, not just the Christian World, the value of the Rosary to many groups, the function of the Blessed Mother as intermediary, who had shared with her Son the sacrifice, and finally, the choice before the world today --God or anti-God...Fulton Sheen's name carries the market for this beyond the boundaries of his faith.

Pub Date: April 14th, 1952
Publisher: McGraw-Hill