113: Deeper Prayer with Archbishop Fulton Sheen

by Matthew Leonard
by Matthew Leonard
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There are powerhouses and then there are powerhouses! Archbishop Sheen was the italicized kind.

While a Youtube video with a million views is considered wildly popular, Archbishop Sheen played to many millions every week!

Is your Inbox full? Sheen received 8,500 old school, hand-written letters every week.

So let’s just say he’s easily one of the top evangelists of the modern (or any) era.

But it didn’t just happen. He had a secret weapon.


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That weapon was a deep prayer life that took a very specific form.

And it’s something we can and should emulate.

So today on the Art of Catholic podcast, I invited Catholic speaker and board member of the Archbishop Fulton John Sheen Foundation, Allan Smith, to help us peek into the prayer life of this (Lord-willing) soon-to-be saint.

Some of the things Allan and I discuss include:

  • Where the canonization process of the Archbishop currently stands
  • The personal prayer life of Archbishop Sheen
  • The Secret Power of Fulton Sheen’s Holy Hour
  • How a Holy Hour Makes Reparation for Sin
  • How a Holy Hour Provides Powerful Spiritual Protection
  • How Archbishop Sheen connected the last words of Christ to the Our Father
  • What Fulton Sheen would say about today’s lack of belief in the Real Presence in the Eucharist
  • and a lot more!

This is a pretty powerful and inspiring episode. Enjoy it and then share it!

God bless!

Matthew

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10 Responses

  1. A few years ago, I started listening to “Life is worth living” on Audible.com by chance. It is as if Archbishop Fulton Sheen is speaking directly to you (His own voice). Since then I have been hooked and obsessed. I couldn’t get enough of Sheen. So I read Peace of Soul, Cries of Jesus from the Cross, Treasure in Clay (his wonderful autobiography) and recently this Lent “The Life of Christ”. (Often I had to go back a few pages, because you don’t want it to end).
    I cannot wait for him to be canonized.
    My adult son says “Mom, you know he is already in Heaven” and I said to him. Yes, I know, but when he is canonized, more people will learn and read and listen to him, and he will bring more souls to God.

    1. Yes, Melanie. I, too, can’t wait for him to be canonized so more people will dive into his material.

  2. Thank you for this great video and for your guest! I am a great fan of Sheen, not because he is American but because he was and is so Christ-centered, Christ-empowered and Christ-radiant. With no intention of creating controversy, it is patently obvious that inside and outside the catholic Church, the Christ-centered TRUE Catholicism that Sheen preached is being violently pushed away for sentimental illusions and emotional delusions. That is what has his canonization delayed. Fulton the Great is “too” Catholic.

    So, those of us that can appreciate the enormous treasure in Archbishop Sheen that is so necessary today and until Jesus returns, we must pray for all those prejudices, fabrications and compromises with the sinful world to go away and for the Church to officialy recognize what is ALREADY a divine reality: Fulton Sheen is a Saint and one of the greatest ever!

  3. I would like to give a testimonial. I was brought up as catholic. But did not follow it from the age of 14 to 54. You see. During years I have been into Yoga, meditation from India, and have learnt a lot about it. And in the last years I learned a little about Budhism. When I came back to catholicism, as a definitive path and my religion, the first thing I noticed is that YES Jesus is in the eucharist. It is present. I must say that I notice it thanks to my previous “journey” away. But yes, it is so, Jesus is there. Would be good that catholics noticed that ….. without having to spend 40 years “away in the desert”. Yet the desert had a bright Sun to enlighten my views. Thanks.

  4. A wonderful presentation and introduction to this Cause for Venerable Sheen.
    I would only add that The Year Of Saint Joseph didn’t “all of a sudden” happen. The Holy work of Fr Calloway leading up to this Year of St Joseph started a long time ago. Through it and The Holy Spirit gathered so many in its wake that the Vatican could not ignore the cry for acknowledgment of The Most Chaste Spouse and Terror of Demons.

  5. Here is what I have read that Bishop Sheen wrote about St. Joseph:

    “It seems hardly possible that God would have attached a young mother to an old man. If He did not disdain to give His Mother to a young man, John, at the foot of the Cross, then why should He have given her an old man at the crib? Joseph was probably a young man, strong, virile, athletic, handsome, chaste, and disciplined; the kind of man one sees sometimes shepherding sheep, or piloting a plane, or working at a carpenter’s bench. Instead of being a man incapable of loving, he must have been on fire with love. Just as we would give very little credit to the Blessed Mother if she had taken her vow of virginity after having been an old maid for fifty years, so neither could we give much credit to a Joseph who became her spouse because he was advanced in years. Some young girls in those days, like Mary, took vows to love God uniquely, and so did some young men, of whom Joseph was one so pre-eminent as to be called ‘just.’ Instead, then, of being dried fruit to be served on the table of the King, he was rather a blossom filled with promise and power. He was not in the evening of life, but in its morning, bubbling over with energy, strength, and controlled passion.”

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