This is why it seems so hard to reflect that vision of patience when black-hearted "artists" practice character assassination on the Blessed Virgin...
Amy, pardon my two cents, but I think that God forcing us all to recognize Him and His way, is like the Central Government telling us how to vote. Agency, or free will, is irrevocably decreed before the foundation of the world. It was the sole subject of the War in Heaven. Agency vs. Force. God vs. Satan. Good vs. Evil. Eric: God HAS sent us the truth. It is out there. He's also told us how we can find it; however, due to the millions of different kinds of personalities and exercise of free will, all His Children don't find it and many don't even want to look.
A Christian can be crushed gazing at the picture of Mary standing at the foot of the cross, watching her beloved son suffocate and die. But in that vision, she stands there for hours, patiently enduring her suffering. For two millennia, she has been a role model for Christians, a woman who practiced obedience in the most difficult of human circumstances, with fervent hope for what this sacrifice will offer all mankind as it struggles with sin.
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