Venerable Fulton John Sheen

1952 photograph of Venerable Fulton John Sheen produced as promotional material for the television show 'Life is Worth Living'
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Oldest of four sons born to Newton and Delia Sheen. Suffered from tuberculosis as an infant. Ordained on 20 September 1919 in the Diocese of Peoria, Illinois. Earned a doctorate in philosophy at Catholic University in Leuven, Belgium in 1923, and won the Cardinal Mercier award for best philosophical treatise. Assistant pastor of Saint Patrick’s Church, Soho Square, London, England. Taught theology at Saint Edmund’s College in Ware, England. Taught philosophy at Catholic University in Leuven from 1927 to 1950. Hosted the radio show The Catholic Hour from 1930 to 1950; during World War II he denounced Hitler as an anti-Christ. Auxiliary bishop of New York, New York and titular bishop of Caesariana on 28 May 1951. Presenter on the television show Life is Worth Living from 1951 to 1957 which drew as many as 30 million viewers a week, episodes of which are still being played, and which led to him being referred to as one of the first televangelists. National director of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith from 1958 to 1966. Council Father at the Second Vatican Council. Presenter on the television show The Fulton Sheen Program from 1961 to 1968. Won two Emmy awards as Best Television Personality. Bishop of Rochester, New York from 21 October 1966 until his retirement in 1969. Founded the Sheen Ecumenical Housing Foundation which continues its work today. Titular Archbishop of Neoportus, Wales on 6 October 1969. Wrote 73 books as well as an unknown number of magazine articles and newspaper columns.

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Readings

You have written and spoken well of the Lord Jesus Christ. You are a loyal son of the Church. - Pope John Paul II to Archbishop when they met in New York on 2 October 1979

Right is right if nobody is right, and wrong is wrong if everybody is wrong. - Venerable Fulton

He was born of a Mother whom He chose before He was born. It is the only instance in history where both the Son willed the Mother and the Mother willed the Son. And this is what the Creed means when it says ‘born of the Virgin Mary’. She was called by God as Aaron was, and Our Lord was born not just of her flesh but also by her consent. Before taking unto Himself a human nature, He consulted with the Woman, to ask her if she would give Him a man. The Manhood of Jesus was not stolen from humanity, as Prometheus stole fire from heaven; it was given as a gift. - Venerable Fulton

We can think of Lent as a time to eradicate evil or cultivate virtue, a time to pull up weeds or to plant good seeds. Which is better is clear, for the Christian ideal is always positive rather than negative. A person is great not by the ferocity of his hatred of evil, but by the intensity of his love for God. Asceticism and mortification are not the ends of a Christian life; they are only the means. The end is charity. Penance merely makes an opening in our ego in which the Light of God can pour. As we deflate ourselves, God fills us. And it is God’s arrival that is the important event. - Venerable Fulton Sheen

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