My thoughts and reflections on my Catholic Faith, Fulton Sheen, the problem of suffering, and books

Monday, August 13, 2012

Sentences on Sheen

The Winds of Change Show had an hour-long program on Venerable Fulton Sheen today, with the main speaker being Msgr. Stanley Deptula, executive director of the Fulton Sheen Foundation.  Being the Sheen FANatic that I am, I tuned in (thanks to the Fulton Sheen Facebook page for spreading the word of the talk!).

I'm afraid at my advanced age...*ahem*, did I say that...I mean, after reading Sheen books for 9 years, it's very hard to tell me some new fact about his life.  So the biographical part of the program wasn't too thrilling.

What riveted my attention was what Msgr. Deptula and Fr. Rob Lampitt had to say about the impact Sheen had on them and his importance to the modern world and the Church today.

"Sheen is changing seminarians; he is a force for change, a force for renewal for our priests and is very much a part of our modern Church."

"Underneath Sheen's incredible sense of humor was the reality that when we take God really seriously, nothing else is worth taking that seriously.  We can laugh at anything, even ourselves."

Sheen spoke out against Communism and National Socialism at a time when many in America were being swayed by their lures.  Now, in the 21st century, our country is facing radical secularism.  "As Fulton Sheen was a voice for his generation, so he can be a voice for this generation."

"Sheen does continue to show us how to get to Heaven."

"Sheen was ecumenical before anyone used that word."

"In that crucible of suffering, in that life of daily prayer, we see [Sheen's] soul transformed.  It was that heroic virtue that Pope Benedict affirmed this past June" [when he declared that Sheen had lived a life of Heroic Virtue and could henceforth be called "Venerable"].

"He is the kind of saint we need in our day for this new evangelization for our priests and our bishops."

"Sheen wanted people to experience Christ and to be saved."

And then Msgr. Deptula quoted Bl. John Paul II, as he said to Sheen on October 2, 1979: "You have written and spoken well of the Lord Jesus.  You are a loyal son of the Church."

God Love you!

Yours in all things Theological and in Love of Fulton Sheen,

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