Close Your Eyes by Fulton J. Sheen

“You have five senses which put you in touch with the material and sensate passing world about you. But did you ever notice that when you wish to do deep thinking you shut your eyes, close the doors of the ear to the rattles of earth, for the more you shut out the things of earth, the more the Spirit of God speaks within you. You will learn more truth from the Spirit than from books, a the Apostles on Pentecost learned more about the Life of Christ than they did from three years of living with Him in an earthy way.

The Power of Our Blessed Lord while on earth was sometimes exercised through immediate personal contact, such as when He laid His Fingers on the eyes of the blind man. At other times He cured at a distance, as He did the servant of the centurion.”

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

Quotes for the Day – Some of My Favorites!

“People are like tea bags – you have to put them in hot water before you know how strong they are.”

“The road to Hell is paved with stones of postponed resolutions. .. God has promised men pardon if they are penitent, but not if they procrastinate.” Fulton J. Sheen

“ . . . power can only make ugliness uglier.” G. K. Chesterton

“A man warmly concerned with any large theories has always a relish for applying them to any triviality.”
G. K. Chesterton