Fulton Sheen

Pain, Sacrifice, Love, Hell, Purgatory, and Heaven

Sacrifice without love is pain. Pain with love is sacrifice. Pain without love is misery. Love without pain is heaven. Love with pain is purgatory. Pain without love is hell. —Archbishop Fulton Sheen, Wartime Prayer Book —I came across the quote above in the Opening the Word program – March 18, 2018, Year B on […]

The Nice and the Awful

The “nice” people think they’re going straight because they’re traveling in the best circles. + It’s a peculiar thing about society, that it has no place for those who are either too bad or too good. That is why on the hill of Calvary, we have our Blessed Lord on the cross in the middle […]

An Inordinate Love of Any Sum

The sin of covetousness includes therefore both the intention one has in acquiring the goods of this world and the manner of acquiring them. It is not the love of an excessive sum which makes it wrong, but an inordinate love of any sum. —from Victory Over Vice by Venerable Fulton Sheen, Ch. 7 – […]

A New Name for the Husks Thrown to the Swine Or: How to Progress Away From Morality

The repeated use of the word “crisis” in reference to morals is interesting, for it reveals a tendency on the part of many modern writers to blame the abstract when the concrete is really at fault. They speak, for example, of the problem of crime, rather than of the criminal; of the problem of poverty, […]

Old Errors and New Labels

[W]hat is often called “modern” is only a new label for an old error, and what is called “behind the times” is really “beyond time” and outside of fashions… —from Old Errors and New Labels by Fulton Sheen, in the Preface + To some minds, of course, the startling will always appear to be the profound. […]

Peace is…

Peace is the fruit of justice. […] Peace is the tranquility of order, not tranquility alone; for robbers can be tranquil in the possession of their spoils. Peace also implies order, the subordination of the body to the soul, of the senses to reason, and of the creature to the Creator. —from Life of Christ […]

John 8:31-32

As in the order of mechanics, a man is most free to run a machine when he know the truth about it, so spiritually a man is most free whose mind is illumined by Him Who said, “I am the Truth.” —from Life of Christ by Fulton Sheen, Ch. 24 Caesar or God