In this powerful three part series, A Voice from Calvary, Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen reflects upon Christ's last discourse given as He gasped for His final breaths of air. Recorded live at the historic St. Agnes Church in downtown Manhattan, and digitally re-mastered, you'll be privileged to listen and learn as he imparts spiritual secrets to lasting happiness and enduring holiness. His superb and eloquent words impart wisdom that will renew your understanding of what it means to be a Christian, especially in today's troubled times. They also invite us to partake in the ongoing work of Redemption. For as St. Paul teaches, "I must fill up in my own body what is lacking in the sufferings of Christ."
Seven times Jesus spoke from the cross, and each of those seven "last words" still speaks to us today. These heartfelt laments from the heart of Christ manifest important elements of His messianic mission and, as Archbishop Sheen carefully explains, they were intended to bring reparation for particular sins of humanity. Spoken in complete obedience to the Will of His Heavenly Father, these words manifest the truth that Christ was the New Adam reversing the disobedience of our First Parents - and so provide the perfect model of discipleship.
The Cross, far from a symbol of pain and defeat as in ancient Roman times, emerges as the poignant and powerful sign of victory over sin and death. The crucifix, according to Archbishop Sheen, should be viewed as our "autobiography" where all of our sins are written in His Blood. As Christians, we need to meditate often upon its spiritual significance for our lives and allow the atoning Blood of Christ be spread upon us through the Sacraments, especially Confession. Only in this way can we enter more fully into the mystery of Redemption and intimately share in Jesus' mission.