Working With Divine Mercy

“There is always hope for the man who knows that he is doing wrong; but there is no hope for the man who is doing wrong and calls the wrong right. The Catholic gets off the road like anyone else, but he never throws away the map.” Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen (Wartime Prayer Book)

The Final Conflict . . .

“We do know that at the end of time, when the great conflict between the forces of good and evil takes place, Satan will appear without the Cross, as the Great Philanthropist and Social Reformer to become the final temptation of mankind.” Archbishop Fulton Sheen (Life of Christ)

Pilate Condemns . . .

Did you know that I was silent seven times at My trial? I spoke as a Shepherd; I was silent as a sheep. I spoke as Teacher; I was silent as the Lamb. My silence disturbed Pilate, but what could I say? I was guilty. I was carrying your sins. I could not make excuses.”

Fulton J. Sheen

Fulton J. Sheen – Wisdom in Quotes

I don’t think Fulton J. Sheen ever wasted a word in his life. I’ve been reading some really excellent quotes from him this week and wanted to share. Just about all he says is so timeless as to be applicable to current times and feelings.

“At no time in modern history has it been easier to believe in God than now. It used to be that evil was considered a stumbling block to a belief in the Goodness of God, but today men are coming to a belief in the Goodness of God because of evil. They admit that evil today has taken on such proportions that it can be explained only by the infraction of a universal moral law that must have come from God. In a word, the modern man is coming to God by way of the devil.”

Fulton J. Sheen
Our Grounds for Hope
No Shadow Without Light

“The law of progress of hte Church is the reverse of the law of progress of the world. We are most progressive when we are most hated.”

Fulton J. Sheen
Our Grounds for Hope
The Church and Persecution

“In the heart of apparent failure, in the midst of darkest human fear, doors locked against enemies, God’s Power is mot clearly revealed. When the world’s predicament is most desperate, there is a breaking in of a new factor from the outside which completely changes the situation. When chaos and fear and the powers of darkness seem invincible, the Purpose of God moves on.”

Fulton J. Sheen
Our Grounds for Hope
When the Doors are Locked

Musing on Today’s World – Fulton J.Sheen Has the Last Word and Hope

When, at one moment, I see a naked criminal on the gallows, forsaken by followers, rejected by the dominant spiritual forces of His time, condemn by the state whose name stands in all history as the synonym for human law; when three days later I hear an Angel say to a woman in search of a grave, “Why seek you the living with the dead?” (Luke 24:5); when I heard Him, as the divine Stranger on a roadway Easter afternoon, say to His companions: “ought not Christ to have suffered these thigns and so to enter into His glory?” (Luke 24:26; when I see Him, Who has been nailed, walking in the newness of life in the clouds of the morning — then I begin to understand that since evil could never do anything worse than crucify Goodness, it could never be truly victorious again. Conquered in its full armor and in the moment of its monumental momentum, evil might in the future Win some battles, but it would always lose the war. Evil is more powerful than goodness when the battlefield is the physical, as a Niagara Falls can sweep a good man to his destruction; nevertheless, goodness is more powerful than evil when the issue is spiritual, for as the mind of man can harness the destructive forces of a Niagara, so the Goodness of God can let evil do its mightiest, which is to crucify Divine Life and still conquer it by rising, not with Wounds but with glorious Scars on Hands and Feet and Side.

From that day on, all the darkness in the world cannot put out the light of a single candle. All the swords of earth cannot kill the life of a single immortal soul. All the evil in the universe cannot black out the fixed flash of that instant and intolerant enlightenment—the Lightning made eternal as the Light. No one therefore shall take away our hope for any person or nation, regardless of the passing forces of evil.

Taken from Our Ground for Hope
The Worst Thing Evil Can Do
by Fulton J. Sheen

Saving the Church Through the Laity

“Who is going to save our Church? Not our Bishops, not our priests and religious. It is up to the people. You have the minds, the eyes, the ears to save the Church. Your mission is to see that your priests act like priests, your bishops like bishops and your religious act like religious.” Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen.