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Saint Augustine of Hippo is considered on of the greatest Christian thinkers of all time and the Doctor of the Church.
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God has to have two pictures of us: one is what we are, and the
other is what we ought to be. He has the model, and He has the reality: the blueprint
and the edifice, the score of the music and the way we play it. God has to have
these two pictures because in each and every one of us there is some disproportion
and want of conformity between the original plan and the way we have worked it out.
The image is blurred; the print is faded. For one thing, our personality is not
complete in time; we need a renewed body. Then, too, our sins diminish our personality;
our evil acts daub the canvas the Master Hand designed. Like unhatched eggs, some
of us refuse to be waned by the Divine Love which is so necessary for incubation
to a higher level. We are in constant need of repairs; our free acts do not coincide
with the law of our being; we fall short of all God wants us to be. St. Paul tells
us that we were predestined, before the foundations of the world were laid, to become
the sons of God. But some of us will not fulfill that hope. There is, actually,
only one person in all humanity of whom God has one picture, and in whom there is
a perfect conformity between what He wanted her to be and what she is, and that
is His Own Mother. Most of us are a minus sign, in the sense that we do not fulfill
the high hopes the Heavenly Father has for us. But Mary is the equal sign. The Ideal
that God had of her, that she is, and in the flesh. The model and the copy are perfect;
she is all that was foreseen, planned, and dreamed. The melody of her life is played,
just as it was written. Mary was thought, conceived, and planned as the equal sign
between ideal and history, thought and reality, hope and realization. That is why,
through the centuries, Christian liturgy has applied to her the words of the Book
of Proverbs. Because she is what God wanted us all to be, she speaks of herself
as the Eternal blueprint in the Mind of God, the one whom God loved before she was
a creature. She is even pictured as being with Him not only at creation, but before
creation. She existed in the Divine Mind as an Eternal Thought before there were
any mothers. She is the Mother of mothers SHE is THE WORLD'S FIRST LOVE.
- Archbishop Fulton J Sheen