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The Wisdom of Archbishop Sheen

Much of this past weekend was spent watching old videos of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen.  Clips of Life is Worth Living, The Fulton Sheen Program, and various talks he gave are readily available on the internet.  Likely, most readers are familiar with the man, but for those of you who are not, here is a brief biography.

At any rate, his wisdom, though thought of highly by many, is nonetheless underrated, and it is most fitting that his cause for canonization has been opened.  The website for his cause is here.

Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, Servant of God

Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, Servant of God

Here are some highlighted clips:

Condemnation of Communism – “They’re strong, they’re very strong.  Why?  Because they believe in an absolute, they believe in a truth, the truth of the party line, and they believe in it with such fervor and faith…. they have a faith in an absolute and that gives them great strength and great zeal.  Our weakness, really, is the fact that we are not sure in America there is any truth.”

Temptation (Parts One, Two, and Three) – “This mind of ours is not completely closed.  It’s possible for something else to get in.  And when people are under any compulsion, you can never, never drive out a compulsion; drink or anything else.  You can’t drive it out!  You have to crowd it out.  Oh, crowding out is a little different.”

Wasting Your Life (Parts One, Two, and Three) – “I wonder, maybe, if Our Lord does not suffer more from our indifference than He did from the Crucifixion…. In other words He found the cruelty of Calvary more acceptable than our indifference.  I’m going to plead with you therefore not to be bored in life.  The reason we’re bored is because we don’t love anything.”

On False Compassion (Parts One, Two, and Three) – “False compassion, which is gradually growing in this country, is a pity that is shown not to the mugged, but to the mugger; not to the family of the murdered, but to the murderer; not to the woman who was raped, but to the rapist; not to the poor girl who is given a shot of dope, but to the rich boy who happens to come from a fine family!  There are some judges, some in some of our courts, there are some social workers, not all, there are some sisters, there are the social slobberers who insist on compassion being shown to the mugger, to the dope fiend, to the throat slashers, to the beatniks, to the prostitutes, to the homosexuals, to the punks!  So that today decent man is practically off the reservation!  This is a false compassion.”

There are many, many more, and they are all worth the time.

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