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Overview "A priest is mysterious, because he lives in two worlds. He is at his best when he leads 'a double life', at once both human and divine." In this penetrating book written some five years before his death, Sheen explores this duality inherent in the vocation of the modern-day priest: his need, like that of Christ, to feel the holiness of God that binds him to the Father; and at the same time his need to become a victim, like Christ, for the world's sins, assuming its guilt and poverty in union with the Lord. In these pages he covers a wide range of topics including what it means to be both priest and victim, like Christ, for the world's sins, assuming its guilt and poverty in union with the Lord. In these pages he covers a wide range of topics including what it means to be both priest and victim; the priest's role in continuing the incarnation, the passion and the resurrection of Christ; the need for a sense of humor in the priest who must be in the world but not of it; frustration in the priesthood; Mary as the mother of all priests and model of the lonely, obedient and chaste priest; the indispensable role of the Holy Hour in the spiritual growth and happiness of the priest. Sheen proves himself to be a truly prophetic voice for the twenty-first century. Written with the liveliness, wit and spiritual insight that continue to endear Sheen to millions, Those Mysterious Priests emphasizes the sense of oblation and spirituality that is such an essential part of any effective priesthood in the world today.
Publishers Description This is a reprint of Fulton Sheen's last book published in his lifetime, written a few years before he died in 1979. In his final years, Archbishop Sheen gave many retreats to priests, and was very concerned with making sure that priests had a strong moral and spiritual background to meet the challenges facing the Church after Vatican II. This book covers a wide range of topics affecting the priesthood, and is vintage Sheen, written with his usual insight and humor.
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Studio: Alba House
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.26" Width: 5.62" Height: 0.77" Weight: 0.92 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 2005
Publisher Alba House New York
ISBN 0818909781 ISBN13 9780818909788
Availability 0 units.
More About 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. 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.