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#FultonFridays: Courage is the Virtue We Need

This post is part of the ongoing #FultonFridays series, in which I share the writings of Ven. Archbishop Fulton Sheen.  Goodness, patriotism, honesty and loyalty are losing their battles not by conflict, but by default. Those who are called to be defenders of what is right are not wounded in the battle, they flee. Courage has always been in the...

#FultonFridays: There Is No Reason For Despair

This post is part of the ongoing #FultonFridays series. Many minds regard our modern world as hopeless. It is indeed like a vast and horrible Good Friday where everything divine seems gone down to defeat. The future never seemed so completely unpredictable as it does today. Mankind seems to be in a kind of widowhood, in which a harrowing sense...

The Passion of the Church

This post is part of the ongoing #FultonFridays series. The Church, then, must have her passion days even as Christ, and must be condemned in three languages, in Hebrew, Latin, and Greek, in the cultures of Jerusalem, Rome, and Athens, in the name of the good, the true, and the beautiful. Now as then the representatives of these three cultures pass...

Praying the Rosary

The post is part of the ongoing #FultonFridays series. From the earliest days, the Church asked its faithful to recite the one hundred and fifty Psalms of David. This custom still prevails among priests, who recite some of these Psalms every day. But it was not easy for anyone to memorize the one hundred and fifty Psalms. Then, too, before...

Courage

This post is part of the ongoing #FultonFridays featuring the writings of Ven. Fulton Sheen.  Goodness, patriotism, honesty and loyalty are losing their battles not by conflict, but by default. Those who are called to be defenders of what is right are not wounded in the battle. They flee. Courage has always been in the past the attribute of those...

#FultonFridays: The Meaning of Death

Because this past Wednesday we reflected on our mortality and heard, "Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return," I thought it fitting to share a meditation from Bishop Sheen on the meaning of death.  Death is an affirmation of the purpose of life in an otherwise meaningless existence. The world could carry on its godless plan...

#FultonFridays: The Sanctity of Life

On Fridays, I post excerpts from the writings of the great American bishop and media evangelist, Ven. Fulton J. Sheen. I call them #FultonFridays. We live in a "throw away" civilization. Obsolescence is built into electric light bulbs, automobiles and washers, so they will be thrown away in a few years and a new one bought. Throw-away bottles, throw-away napkins, throw-away...

How to Overcome Bad Habits

On Fridays, I post excerpts from the writings of the great American bishop and media evangelist, Ven. Fulton J. Sheen. I call them #FultonFridays. "I have a bad temper," or "I drink too much"---""I am always criticizing," or "I am lazy" are familiar complaints from those who still believe that nobility of character is an important goal. They would not make...

Three Simple Rules for Happiness

On Fridays, I post excerpts from the writings of the great American bishop and media evangelist, Ven. Fulton J. Sheen. I call them #FultonFridays. We all want happiness. We should all take the sensible step of learning that there are three laws of pleasure which, if followed, will make the attainment of happiness immeasurably easier. The first law: If you are...

#FultonFridays: A New Year

On Fridays, I post excerpts from the writings of the great American bishop and media evangelist, Ven. Fulton J. Sheen. I call them #FultonFridays. A world of difference exists between the old and the young in their attitude toward time. As St. Peter said in one of his first Pentecostal sermons, "The young men see visions; the old men dream dreams."...

#FultonFridays: Mary and the Muslims

On Fridays, I post excerpts from the writings of the great American bishop and media evangelist, Ven. Fulton J. Sheen. I call them #FultonFridays. Moslemism is the only great post-Christian religion of the world. Because it had its origin in the seventh century under Mohammed, it was possible to unite, within it, some elements of Christianity and of Judaism, along with...

#FultonFridays: The Joy of Giving

Occasionally on Fridays I post excerpts from the writings of the great American bishop and media evangelist, Ven. Fulton J. Sheen. Call them #FultonFridays! The vast majority of the people in Western civilization are engaged in the task of getting. Strange as it may seem, the Christian ethic is founded on the opposite principle, that it is more blessed to give...