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The Priest Is Not His Own [Paperback]

By Fulton J. Sheen (Author)
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The beloved Archbishop Sheen, whose cause for canonization is open in Rome, presents a profound and deeply spiritual look at the meaning of the priesthood and relationship of the priest with Christ as an "alter Christus". Sheen delves deeply into what he considers the main character of the priesthood, and one not often discussed, that of being, like Christ, a "holy victim". To be like Christ, Sheen emphasizes that the priest must imitate Christ in His example of sacrifice, offering himself as a victim to make His Incarnation continually present in the world.

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Studio: Ignatius Press
Pages   278
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.96" Width: 5.14" Height: 0.94"
Weight:   0.8 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2004
Publisher   Ignatius Press
Edition  Revised  
ISBN  1586170449  
ISBN13  9781586170448  

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Fulton J. Sheen Fulton John Sheen (born Peter John Sheen, May 8, 1895 – December 9, 1979) was an American archbishop of the Roman Catholic Church known for his preaching and especially his work on television and radio. His cause for canonization for sainthood was officially opened in 2002. In June 2012, Pope Benedict XVI officially recognized a decree from the Congregation for the Causes of Saints stating that he lived a life of "heroic virtues" – a major step towards beatification – so he is now referred to as "Venerable".

Ordained a priest of the Diocese of Peoria in 1919, Sheen quickly became a renowned theologian, earning the Cardinal Mercier Prize for International Philosophy in 1923. He went on to teach theology and philosophy as well as acting as a parish priest before being appointed Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of New York in 1951. He held this position until 1966 when he was made the Bishop of Rochester from October 21, 1966 to October 6, 1969, when he resigned and was made the Archbishop of the Titular See of Newport, Wales.

For 20 years he hosted the night-time radio program The Catholic Hour (1930–1950) before moving to television and presenting Life Is Worth Living (1951–1957). Sheen's final presenting role was on the syndicated The Fulton Sheen Program (1961–1968) with a format very similar to that of the earlier Life is Worth Living show. For this work, Sheen twice won an Emmy Award for Most Outstanding Television Personality, the only personality appearing on the DuMont Network ever to win a major Emmy award.[clarification needed] Starting in 2009, his shows were being re-broadcast on the EWTN and the Trinity Broadcasting Network's Church Channel cable networks.[5] Due to his contribution to televised preaching Sheen is often referred to as one of the first televangelists.

Fulton J. Sheen was born in 1895 and died in 1979.

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Excellent Reflections on the Priesthood  Jan 22, 2007
Now, I will open this review by affirming the fact that in reading this text I am looking at the heart of the matter from the outside, so to speak. I am not an ordained member of the Catholic Hierarchical Presbyterate but am a lay, twenty-two year-old Catholic who is thoroughly interested in all dimensions of Catholicism. It would be advantageous to first point out that this text is indeed applicable to the laity for two major reasons. First of all, all members of Christ's body share a priestly ordination precisely because they are human. Humanity is fundamentally priestly in character, offering the world to God through the intercessory medium of our work. Although the hierarchical presbyterate is essentially different, it is ultimately the labor of love which is at the heart of the universal call to priestliness. Therefore, this text, while reflecting on the nature of the hierarchical presbyterate, is related (and therefore applicable) to the general presbyteral call of Christianity. Secondarily, it is also advantageous for the lay to understand proper spirituality for the ordained hierarchal priests in the Church so as to enlighten them on ecclesiological concerns as well as the nature of proper Christian praxis.

Now, specifically, this text is an astute, no-nonsense reflection on the difficult task of the priest. Ultimately, all work is a labor of love and therefore, to varied degrees, painful (indeed crucifying), and Archbishop Sheen has acknowledged that this profoundly the case in the Catholic hierarchical presbyterate. The role of priest as Alter Christus is truly the heart of this work, although it explicitly plays a small role. Nonetheless, Sheen centers his thought on the sacrificial nature of the priesthood, accentuating its difficulties and its necessary sacrifices. One may argue that the beloved Archbishop raises the priest too high but to do so will only suffice to denigrate humanity. The exaltation of the priest comes only in the call from Christ, the vocational response to this call is a conviction for love, a conviction for crucifixion on behalf of the Church and therefore the world. The exaltation is by Christ, through the Church, not upon the merits of the priest so much as for the benefit of the entire Body. Therefore, this text may appear to support a degree of what some may call "clericalism" but does not truly give voice to any exaltation of the clergy at the expense of the Community as is often railed by anti-clericalists.

In a very practical sense, the text speaks offers a few, albeit not many, suggestions for the prayer life of the priest. Nobody can deny that advice for the liturgical formation (specifically by means of the Breviary) and Eucharistic adoration are sound suggestions for any Catholic, no matter what his or her vocation. I highly recommend this text to all interested in the priestly nature of Catholicism and particularly to those who think anti-clerically, bearing mind that the priest is Christ's, the Church's, and the World's and is not his own.
An Example for All Priests  Aug 6, 2006
As a man entering the seminary who is still discerning whether God is really calling me to the priesthood, I found myself saying "Yes!" to everything that Bishop Sheen was saying to his priests, even the parts about sacrifice and the difficulties encountered in the life of a priest. It certainly made me more confident about entering the seminary and will be one of the factors shaping my (God-willing) priesthood. - Sayf
A Perennial Classic  Feb 3, 2006
Fulton Sheen's "A Priest Is Not His Own" is a must have for any priest or seminarian. As a seminarian it speaks to me candidly about the joys and the difficulties that will be faced after ordination. Sheen doesn't mince be a holy and effective priest means to enter totally into the Paschal Mystery and to continually live it out in one's vocation. There's no room for half-hearted efforts, especially today amidst a world in need of good, solid clergy.

At the seminary I attend the bookstore has been unable to keep this title in stock.
don't leave the seminary without it  Dec 13, 2005
This is a startling book and not necessarily a cheerful one. Although it was written in the 60s it seems as though Archbishop Sheen wrote it yesterday. The things he's worried about in the book : lack of vocations, scandals, acedia, and priests who are not fully committed to their calling all sound familiar.

I might have passed the book by but the cover caught my eye. It shows a very young, intense looking Father Sheen who is very different from the Archbishop we later came to know and love. Once I picked up the book I couldn't put it down. It hits hard. The archbishop gave no quarter to trendy pyschobable or to any other type of mealey mouthed excuses. As he saw it a priest only has two choices: Peter or Judas.

There is something in this book for the young enthusiastic priest, the older and perhaps tired priest and most of all it's for the priest who's in danger of losing his way. This is a tough minded yet highly spiritual book. Don't leave the seminary without it.
I would highly recommend this book to seminarians and Priests.
It is very deep and will show you many roads and signs for the times to come and to expect while you tend to God's call and tend to His sheep. I couldn't put the book down. The book was very good and to the point at the same time....deep.

I highly recommend this book to seminarians and Priests !!!


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