"The Church demands a certain amount of fasting before Communion. This is to remind us that the Eucharist is not only a sacrament of life, but also the sacrament of mortification. Only when we are stamped with the sign of the Cross will we be stamped with the glory of His Resurrection." Source: Ven. [...]
"If St. Francis had been sent to a Siberian labor camp, or a leper colony, or a Wall Street Brokerage firm, would he be any less St. Francis? But how many mortals there are in the world who are one kind of character in need, another kind of character in plenty, who grumble amidst the [...]
"Cheerfulness is that quality which enables one to make others happy. It takes its origin half in personal goodness, and half in the belief of the personal goodness of others. It is the opposite of the morbid, the morose, the fretful, the grumbling, the somber." Source: Fulton Sheen, Guide to Contentment, Alba House, 2010 [...]
"The purpose of having is to remedy our incompleteness. If we had perfect life, we would never need nourishment. Because our knowledge is imperfect, we need to complement it with education. Because our personality is inadequate for happiness, we need love." Source: Sheen Fulton, Guide to Contentment, Alba House, 2010.
"What does the Gospel mean when it says, describing the Risen Lord’s appearance at Emmaus, 'He gave the impression that He was going on farther; but they urged Him to stay with them'? It means Our Lord passes us by each day in every opportunity to do good. If we neglect the opportunity, He does [...]
"The Church insists that we be in the state of grace in order to receive Our Lord in the Eucharist. As a corpse cannot receive nourishment, so neither may one without the divine life in his soul receive the divine nourishment." Source: Ven. Fulton Sheen, These are the Sacraments
"No sinner is ever consoled by having a moral theology flung at his head. Perhaps the reason why Peter and not John was chosen as the Head of the Church was because he fell and, therefore, understood human weakness. Suffering may be sent to us because we have been too narrow and selfish in our [...]
"It is part of our fallen nature to despise the trouble we do not understand… When the sufferers complain much, we are inclined to think that they are exaggerating or giving way to cowardly weakness, just as the rich are too often ready to regard the very poor as whining imposters." Source: Ven. Fulton [...]
"It will invariably be found true that those who have suffered and who are saintly are always the most merciful to others. Not to be forgotten also are those who have received mercy and forgiveness themselves. One wonders if Saint Augustine was not one of the kindest and most compassionate of men, having been so [...]
"The Christian law is not 'survival of the fittest' but 'the survival of the unfit.'" Source: Sheen Fulton, Guide to Contentment, Alba House, 2010.