Archbishop Fulton Sheen and the Eucharist

Discussion in 'Inspirational Stories' started by padraig, Jun 14, 2009.

  1. padraig

    padraig New Member

    Every time Corpus Christi rolls round I think of the late Archbishop Fulton Sheen. Fulton Sheen was an American Bishop head of Propaganda Fide and a wonderful communicator. His Cause for Sainthood, I think has gone forward quite a bit in Rome. He was a wonderful communicator and loved like Jesus himself to tell wonderful stories to make his point {wonderful jokes as well}.He made thousands and thousands of converts through his TV and radio shows, I do not think anyone really knows how many. :wink: :D

    He did something very few priests do nowadays too, for frequently in his tales were strong mentions of the miraculous and extraordinary, which, I am afraid, modern preachers just do not do. A very great pity as tales of the miraculous appeal to very many ordinary Catholics very much indeed. He comes to mind because many of his stories centred on the Eucharist:

    "Bishop Sheen, you have inspired millions of people all over the world. Who inspired you? Was it a Pope?"

    Bishop Sheen responded that it was not a Pope, a cardinal, another bishop, or even a priest or a nun. It was a little Chinese girl of eleven years of age. He explained that when the Communists took over China, they imprisoned a priest in his own rectory near the Church. After they locked him up in his own house, the priest was horrified to look out of his window and see the Communists proceed into the Church, where they went into the sanctuary and broke into the tabernacle. In an act of hateful desecration, they took the ciborium and threw it on the floor with all of the Sacred Hosts spilling out. The priest knew exactly how many Hosts were in the ciborium: thirty-two.

    When the Communists left, they either did not notice, or didn't pay any attention to a small girl praying in the back of the Church who saw everything that had happened. That night the little girl came back. Slipping past the guard at the priest's house, she went inside the Church. There she made a holy hour of prayer, an act of love to make up for the act of hatred.

    After her holy hour she went into the sanctuary, knelt down, bent over and with her tongue received Jesus in Holy Communion, (since it was not permissible for laymen to touch the Sacred Host with their hands.)

    The little girl continued to come back each night to make her holy hour and receive Jesus in Holy Communion on her tongue. On the thirty-second night, after she had consumed the last and thirty-second host, she accidentally made a noise and woke the guard who was sleeping. He ran after her, caught her, and beat her to death with the butt of his rifle. This act of heroic martyrdom was witnessed by the priest as he watched grief-stricken from his bedroom window.

    When Bishop Sheen heard the story he was so inspired that he promised God he would make a holy hour of prayer before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament everyday of his life. If this frail, little child could give testimony and witness to the world concerning the real and wonderful Presence of her Savior in the Blessed Sacrament, then the Bishop was absolutely bound by all that was right and true, to do the same. His sole desire from then on was to bring the world to the burning Heart of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.

    The little girl showed the Bishop what true courage and zeal really is; how faith could overcome all fear, how true love for Jesus in the Eucharist must transcend life itself. What is hidden in the Sacred Host is the glory of His love. The sun in the sky is symbolic of the Son of God in the Blessed Sacrament. This is why most monstrances are in the form of a sunburst. As the sun is the natural source of all energy, the Blessed Sacrament is the supernatural source of all grace and love. The Blessed Sacrament is JESUS, the Light of the world.


    I think his books never fade with the passing time because they teach the Catholic Faith in a very simple, orthodox way that never fade. Perhaps because he lived in a time before the great turning away from faith came they are untouched by very many harmful influences that diluted the Faith later on.

    Here are some of his books I've read, they never fail to cause me to pray:

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  2. garabandal

    garabandal Powers

    When Fulton Sheen became a priest he made a commitment to spend one
    hour each day, a Holy Hour, before the Blessed Sacrament.

    This promise he kept and I actually think this in itself was a miraculous feat.

    He was a wonderful priest and scholar. I have several of his books and one
    on particular I recommend is called 'The Divine Romance', at only 142 pages
    is the best religious book I have ever read [and I have read many]. It is so
    good I have read it many times and will read it many times again.

    He is a spiritual genius in the line of St Paul.
     
  3. CRW

    CRW New Member

    EWTN still has his shows on - I still remember watching them each Sunday after church as a child. It was mandatory viewing for the family.

    Cecil
     

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