Monday, May 30, 2011

You gotta have the right friends

Msgr. Stanley Deptula holds a volume of letters
from cardinals and bishops supporting the
sainthood cause of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen.
Some of us know the right people, but then maybe all of us do

Turns out Pope Benedict XVI knew Archbishop Fulton Sheen, and it seems Archbishop Sheen wants to be canonized.  I guess it helps to know the right people: in this case, the Pope.

However this works two ways.  I guess the bigger benefit might be the Pope's if he knows someone who is in heaven.

Let's make a deal, anyone?

This is really what the communion of saints is all about, though, a sort of mutual back scratching.  We pray for the souls in purgatory, they become the saints in heaven, and they (we hope and beg and pray) intercede with God on our behalf.  This gives us good practical (self-serving even) reason to pray for people we know who have died.

Archbishop Sheen was known for his evangelizing of everyone he came in contact with, so he can be a model for us as we are asked these days to do the same.

Archbishop Sheen is said to have been the first TV evangelist.  His TV show "Life is Worth Living" is still available for viewing.

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