Fulton J. Sheen, born in 1895, was an influential American Catholic priest, evangelist and media personality.
Raised in Illinois, he was ordained in 1919 after studying at various esteemed institutions, including the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome.
By the 1930s, Sheen was a radio sensation with “The Catholic Hour” attracting four million listeners.
In 1951, he became a bishop and later launched the TV series “Life Is Worth Living,” amassing around 30 million viewers.
Besides significant church roles like the archbishop of Newport, Wales, he closely served Pope Paul VI.
An accomplished author, Sheen passed away in 1979. By 2012, Pope Benedict XVI venerated him and in 2019, Pope Francis recognized a miracle in his name, hinting at his possible beatification.
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Best Fulton Sheen Quotes
Evil may have its hour, but God will have His day. ~ Fulton Sheen.
Science is not wisdom. ~ Fulton Sheen.
Sometimes the only way the good Lord can get into some hearts is to break them. ~ Fulton Sheen.
A man may stand for the justice of God, but a woman stands for His Mercy. ~ Fulton Sheen.
If you do not live out your faith enthusiastically, maybe you don’t have any faith. ~ Fulton Sheen.
Temptation is not a sin but playing with temptation invites sin. ~ Fulton Sheen.
Love is a mutual self-giving which ends in self-recovery. ~ Fulton Sheen.
Man wants three things; life, knowledge, and love. ~ Fulton Sheen.
Famous Fulton Sheen Quotes
Help someone in distress and you lighten your own burden; the very joy of alleviating the sorrow of another is the lessening of one’s own. ~ Fulton Sheen.
If you do not worship God, you worship something, and nine times out of ten it will be yourself. ~ Fulton Sheen.
Criticism of others is thus an oblique form of self-commendation. We think we make the picture hang straight on our wall by telling our neighbors that all his pictures are crooked. ~ Fulton Sheen.
The egocentric is always frustrated, simply because the condition of self-perfection is self-surrender. There must be a willingness to die to the lower part of self, before there can be a birth to the nobler. ~ Fulton Sheen.
Moral principles do not depend on a majority vote. Wrong is wrong, even if everybody is wrong. Right is right, even if nobody is right. ~ Fulton Sheen.
Judge the Catholic Church not by those who barely live by its spirit, but by the example of those who live closest to it. ~ Fulton Sheen.
Head knowledge is worthless, unless accompanied by submission of the will and right action. ~ Fulton Sheen.
If you don’t behave as you believe, you will end by believing as you behave. ~ Fulton Sheen.
Whenever man attempts to do what he knows to be the Master’s will, a power will be given him equal to the duty. ~ Fulton Sheen.
As long as the decent people refuse to believe that morality must manifest itself in every sphere of human activity, including the political, they will not meet the challenge of Marxism. ~ Fulton Sheen.
Never measure your generosity by what you give, but rather by what you have left. ~ Fulton Sheen.
Other people are like a mirror which reflects back on us the kind of image we cast. ~ Fulton Sheen.
Top Fulton Sheen Quotes
Unless there is a Good Friday in your life, there can be no Easter Sunday. ~ Fulton Sheen.
The power of the rosary is beyond description. ~ Fulton Sheen.
The greatest love story of all time is contained in a tiny white Host. ~ Fulton Sheen.
Fasting detaches you from this world. Prayer reattaches you to the next world. ~ Fulton Sheen.
Nothing ever happens in the world that does not happen first inside human hearts. ~ Fulton Sheen.
Believe the incredible and you can do the impossible. ~ Fulton Sheen.
It takes three to make love, not two: you, your spouse, and God. Without God people only succeed in bringing out the worst in one another. Lovers who have nothing else to do but love each other soon find there is nothing else. Without a central loyalty life is unfinished. ~ Fulton Sheen.
Love burdens itself with the wants and woes and losses and even the wrongs of others. ~ Fulton Sheen.
There are not one hundred people in the United States who hate The Catholic Church, but there are millions who hate what they wrongly perceive the Catholic Church to be. ~ Fulton Sheen.
God does not love us because we are valuable. We are valuable because God loves us. ~ Fulton Sheen.
It is easier to write a book with footnotes than the same book written so that children can understand it. ~ Fulton Sheen.
There is no word more “dangerous” than liberalism, because to oppose it is the new unforgivable sin. ~ Fulton Sheen.
When the will loves anything that is below it in dignity, it degrades itself. ~ Fulton Sheen.
Obedience to Truth is obedience to Love. ~ Fulton Sheen.
Popular Fulton J. Sheen Quotes
Patience is power. Patience is not an absence of action; rather it is “timing” it waits on the right time to act, for the right principles and in the right way. ~ Fulton Sheen.
Prayer begins by talking to God, but it ends by listening to Him. In the face of Absolute Truth, silence is the soul’s language. ~ Fulton Sheen.
The reason we’re bored is because we don’t love anything. ~ Fulton Sheen.
The simple shepherds heard the voice of an angel and found their Lamb; the wise men saw the light of a star and found their Wisdom. ~ Fulton Sheen.
Broadmindedness, when it means indifference to right and wrong, eventually ends in a hatred of what is right. ~ Fulton Sheen.
Man is incurably curious. ~ Fulton Sheen.
Jealousy is the tribute mediocrity pays to genius. ~ Fulton Sheen.
Unless souls are saved, nothing is saved; there can be no world peace without soul peace. ~ Fulton Sheen.
Show me your hands. Do they have scars from giving? Show me your feet. Are they wounded in service? Show me your heart. Have you left a place for divine love? ~ Fulton Sheen.
We can think of Lent as a time to eradicate evil or cultivate virtue, a time to pull up weeds or to plant good seeds. Which is better is clear, for the Christian ideal is always positive rather than negative. ~ Fulton Sheen.
Civilization is always in danger when those who have never learned to obey are given the right to command. ~ Fulton Sheen.
Great Fulton Sheen Quotes
The higher the love, the more demands will be made on us to conform to that ideal. ~ Fulton J. Sheen.
Each of us makes his own weather, determines the color of the skies in the emotional universe which he inhabits. ~ Fulton Sheen.
It is easy to find truth, though it is hard to face it, and harder still to follow it. ~ Fulton Sheen.
A Catholic may sin and sin as badly as anyone else, but no genuine Catholic ever denies he is a sinner. A Catholic wants his sins forgiven – not excused or sublimated. ~ Fulton Sheen.
The history of civilization could actually be written in terms of the level of its women. ~ Fulton Sheen.
We become like that which we love. If we love what is base, we become base; but if we love what is noble, we become noble. ~ Fulton Sheen.
All badness is spoiled goodness. A bad apple is a good apple that became rotten. Because evil has no capital of its own, it is a parasite that feeds on goodness. ~ Fulton Sheen.
A woman never tells you why she loves; she just tells you how she loves. ~ Fulton Sheen.
Powerful Fulton Sheen Quotes
We are all born with the power of speech, but we need grammar. Conscience, too, needs Revelation. ~ Fulton Sheen.
It’s impossible to lose your footing when you’re on your knees. ~ Fulton Sheen.
Too many people get credit for being good, when they are only being passive. They are too often praised for being broadminded when they are so broadminded they can never make up their minds about anything. ~ Fulton Sheen.
You must remember to love people and use things, rather than to love things and use people. ~ Fulton Sheen.
Before the sin, Satan assures us that it is of no consequence; after the sin, he persuades us that it is unforgivable. ~ Fulton Sheen.
Love was meant to be also a sign, a symbol, a messenger, a telltale of the Divine. Love is a messenger from God saying that every human affection and every ecstasy of love are sparks from the great flame of love that is God. ~ Fulton Sheen.
The danger today is in believing there are no sick people, there is only a sick society. ~ Fulton Sheen.
Inspiring Fulton J. Sheen Quotes
A man without God is not like a cake without raisins; he is like a cake without the flour and milk; he lacks the essential ingredients. ~ Fulton Sheen.
Freedom does not mean that right to do whatever we please, but rather to do as we ought. The right to do whatever we please reduces freedom to a physical power and forgets that freedom is a moral power. ~ Fulton Sheen.
A teacher who cannot explain any abstract subject to a child does not himself thoroughly understand his subject; if he does not attempt to break down his knowledge to fit the child’s mind, he does not understand teaching. ~ Fulton Sheen.
How could science be an enemy of religion when God commanded man to be a scientist the day He told him to rule the earth and subject it? ~ Fulton Sheen.
Communism is the final logic of the dehumanization of man. ~ Fulton Sheen.
Humility is dependence on God as pride is independence of Him. The humble soul is always the thankful soul. ~ Fulton Sheen.
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