"Books, books everywhere, and ne'er the time to read them."
No, I'm not a poet; I'm just surrounded by books. It comes with working in a library.
Fulton Sheen said that there are two types of people in the world: those who know they need God, and those who don't (I'm paraphrasing); those who wake up in the morning and say "Good morning, God," OR those who wake up and say: "Good God! Morning."
Similarly, there are many types of books in a library. There are those I need to read, and those I want to read; those I want to read but don't have the time to read, and those I want to read so badly that I will make the time.
Books for Thesis Research (books by Fulton Sheen) fall into one (or perhaps many) of those categories. I need to read them, because they're Thesis Research Books--thus, they are on the "Must-Read-or-Thesis-Director-will-kill-you-in-the-Fall" list. The conscientious part of me (which only asserts itself rarely, due to neglect) wants to read them, because I do enjoy Sheen's writing, and the more of his earlier writings I read, the more I enjoy him. The lazy "It's-Summer-and-you-should-be-relaxing" part of me says just that: "It's Summer, and why do Thesis Research when you could be reading P.G. Wodehouse, or playing with the new laptop, or something similarly mindless?"
And yet, I do love Sheen. I can't remember how I first heard of him, but I requested and received his Life of Christ as a Christmas present in 2005 or 2006. What "leapt out" at me from his book--as it "leapt out" at Sheen from the pages of Scripture--was its theme: "Our Blessed Lord came into this world to die." He saved us by His Passion. Suffering can be redemptive.
Somewhere along the line I turned to Peace of Soul, Sheen's (popular in its day) rebuttal of Freudian psychology as a false substitute for the Sacrament of Penance.
At a bookstore, I found The World's First Love: Mary, Mother of God--a book on the Blessed Mother and the modern world (one of its chapter titles is something like "Mary and the Atom Bomb"), a book that spoke of Mary without sugar-sweet piety. (I was going to go pull the book off the shelves to refresh my memory...alas, it is out! The piety of Christendom students: reading a book a) about Our Blessed Mother, b) by Fulton Sheen, c) during Summer Vacation!)
The book through which I am now plowing in a vague, muddled, searching-for-Thesis-material mode is "The Fullness of Christ," transcripts of Sheen's radio addresses on The Catholic Hour in the 40's. Sheen has a lot to say about the Mystical Body of Christ...
God Bless, y'all! And God Love You Forever!