Exactly one year today on June 28, 2012 Pope Benedict XVI declared Archbishop Fulton Sheen “VENERABLE”. It has been an exciting year! The Most Reverend Daniel R. Jenky celebrated the Mass of Thanksgiving on September 9th in the very Cathedral Venerable Sheen served as an altar boy, received his first communion, was ordained a priest and celebrated his first Mass. Last weekend we had a special retreat for our ‘Sheen leaders’, we were all challenged to find a way in which we can help to spread the word about this great Cause for Beatification and Canonization.
As we try to bring people closer to Christ through Archbishop Fulton Sheen and move this Cause forward, I also wish to ask you to reflect upon simple ways you can get more people involved. Forwarding this note to friends and let them know about our daily quotes on Facebook and Twitter. Introduce them to our web site so they can view our prayers for Canonization and to request a favor through the intercession of Fulton Sheen. I ask that you consider making a pledge to share Archbishop Sheen and this Cause with someone this week.
Today we celebrate the Memorial of St. Irenaeus. This Bishop’s writings entitled him to a high place among the fathers of the Church who laid the foundations for Christian theology and refuted the errors of Gnostics. Tomorrow we celebrate the Solemnity of Peter and Paul. Our beloved Archbishop Sheen had much to say about Bishops and Popes but the quote I wish to share with you is from the book ‘This is Rome’ where Sheen talks about Peter, our first Pope.
“He who called Himself the Good Shepherd now confers His shepherding powers on the man called Peter. He named a new Pontiff; in those very towns which represented the sovereignty of the Caesars, He created a new sovereignty, based not on armies of screaming legions, but on Divine authority communicated only after Peter had three times pledged his love of the Divine Master. Rome would indeed remain the center of the world’s unity and all roads would continue to lead to Rome, but the dynasty of Caesar who made himself a god would give place to the dynasty of a Peter who called himself the servant of the servants of God…an unbroken succession of life truth and love.” Archbishop Fulton Sheen
Msgr. Stanley Deptula