Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Life is Worth Living!

Hello, Coffee Talkers!

Are you all familiar with Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen? He was a very charismatic person and an extraordinary man of God, and from 1952 to 1957 he had his own American television show called “Life is Worth Living.” The show was an immediate hit, and was apparently the mostly widely viewed religious series in the history of television.

What a fascinating time, and a fascinating man! Honestly, can you imagine thousands of people all over America (of all different backgrounds, religious and otherwise) gathering around the television to hear an Archbishop speak on the moral matters of our time? Somehow, people were drawn to Fulton Sheen and to his message – even though he was often considered to be quite controversial in what he said, in the eyes of the world – and my guess is that it is because his message was ultimately not his own, but came from a higher authority.

This early and unlikely television superstar even won an Emmy! Really, he did. And when Archbishop Fulton Sheen won that 1952 Emmy Award for “Most Outstanding Television Personality,” he happily and humorously gave thanks and credit to his four writers – Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John!

But enough talk about Fulton Sheen – let’s watch a little! It’s a short and enjoyable clip, so grab your last sip of coffee and learn about the value of laughing at yourself:

Oh! And I just found a great website devoted to the cause for Servant of God Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen’s canonization! Now, isn’t that a fun find?

Thanks for stopping by, everyone. By the way, I’ve seen that some of you have even joined us here in the American blogosphere from the far reaches of Italy, Malaysia, Bermuda, and New Zealand (and the not-so-distant land of Canada) – welcome!

Servant of God Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, pray for us!

Peace and all good,

1 comment:

  1. I'm surprised you didn't mention that the well known actor, Martin Sheen had changed his name when he got into show business to 'Sheen' in honor of Bishop Sheen.

    With that in mind, I'd like to start a petition to try to get Charlie Sheen to give his name back...