Our Lady and Sheen

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March 21, 2013 Posted by | Pope Francis | , , | Leave a comment

Convictions of the soul verses pleasures of the body

Knowing that “where sin abounds, grace abounds all the more,” would almost be re-phrased in today’s technological world as, “where Facebook causes craziness, sometimes it leads to inner peace.”  Or something to that effect that will make you laugh so that I feel that I have done my job for the day.  So enter looking at my News Feed and low and behold the Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen page posted their mostly daily quote which always serves to build up the good or tear down the bad… or just give a smile.  If you’re not following the page, please go to www.facebook.com/fultonjsheen.

“To Every Christian there comes the supreme moment when he must choose between temporal pleasure and eternal freedom. In order to save our souls, we must often run the risk of losing our bodies.” Archbishop Fulton Sheen

Archbishop Sheen would of course be speaking of the instant where we are faced with physical annihilation or spiritual death, but I find that this is equally as valuable as any other advice regarding dying to oneself… or as I like to say, “Sacrifice is the name of the game,” to which one of my close friends always adds on, “Yeah… if the game is call sacrifice.”

I find that “pleasurable” sins are sometimes not wrapped up in boxes they should be.  Everyone knows that physical things can bring lots of “pleasure”… but man-o-man can the mental things sometimes be more “pleasurable.”  I speak this time of pettiness.  Pettiness is that one great sin that combines gossip with a little bit of wrath, and a touch of hatred of self and other as the final sprinkle on top.  I find that sometimes it takes almost every scrap of my nearly non-existent virtue (not even of the heroic type).  But, at some point I have to weigh the glory of heaven with that momentary deliciousness of singular pettiness.

In one corner, there is everything I would ever want, hope or dream for… and all I must do is give up that urge to be petty for that false pleasure.  And in the other hand I have a moment, or five, or ten, or a thousand of great joy at sniping at someone with an eternity away from the Grace of God.  Isn’t it humorous that human nature actually allows me to, for even one second, think that that’s a choice?

Oh well… if God didn’t love me for even one instant, I would have never existed.

Fulton Sheen, Pray for us!

Our Lady, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee!

July 31, 2011 Posted by | Sundays with Sheen | , , , , , | Leave a comment