from Ven. Archbishop Sheen's
LENTEN AND EASTER INSPIRATIONS AND CROSS-WAYS
Empty and Full
THE LAST WORDS OF MARY that were spoken in Sacred Scripture were the words of total abandonment to the will of God. "Whatsoever He shall say to you, that do ye." As Dante said: "In His will is our peace." Love has no other destiny than to obey Christ. Our wills are ours only to give away. The human heart is torn between a sense of emptiness and a need of being filled, like the water pots of Cana. The emptiness comes from the fact that we are human. The power of filling belongs only to Him Who ordered the water pots filled. Lest any heart should fail in being filled, Mary's last valedictory is: "Whatsoever He shall say to you, that do ye." The heart has a need of emptying and a need of being filled. The power of emptying is human - emptying in the love of others - the power of filling belongs only to God. Hence all perfect love must end on the note: "Not my will but Thine be done, O Lord."
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