Lent Day 1 - LIFE OF CHRIST, by Fulton Sheen

Lent Day 1 - LIFE OF CHRIST, by Fulton Sheen

LENT DAY 1 – Wednesday March 6


Today, March 6, is the first day of LENT of this year 2019.


As I thought about these next 40 days leading up to the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ from his death on Calvary’s cross, I wanted something new and fresh for my own Lenten reflection – I longed for something transforming for my own life.  


And then, I remembered a book I had begun to read many years ago: LIFE OF CHRIST, written by Archbishop Fulton Sheen. And somehow I just knew that reading it, meditating on it, and sharing it in Reflections For Living was that something “new and fresh” and that something “transforming” that I was seeking this year.  


The Venerable Fulton John Sheen (1895–1979) was an American bishop (later archbishop) of the Catholic Church known for his preaching, his teaching of theology and philosophy, and especially his work on radio and television. For 20 years Sheen hosted the night-time radio program The Catholic Hour (1930–1950) before moving to television and presenting Life Is Worth Living (1951–1957). Sheen's final presenting role was on The Fulton Sheen Program (1961–1968). For this work, Sheen twice won an Emmy Award for Most Outstanding Television Personality, and was featured on the cover of Time Magazine.


I encourage you to check into R4L everyday from now until Resurrection Sunday. Because everyday I will post a quote from LIFE OF CHRIST – a quote that will surely point us to Jesus, His cross, His empty tomb and the salvation that He worked for us so many years ago now. This year, here in the Quotes For Life link, R4L’s Lenten reflections are not mine, but Archbishop Fulton Sheen’s – who wrote profoundly and poetically about what meant most to him in this life: “Jesus Christ and Him crucified” (1 Corinthians 2:2). The readings are not light – they are deep and they are dense. But I assure you that they are so very worth our time, our consideration and our meditation.


In Fulton Sheen’s own words in the Preface to his book: “The LIFE OF CHRIST has been many years in writing. But the deeper understanding of the unity of Christ and His Cross came when Christ kept the author very close to His Cross in dark and painful hours. Learning comes from books; penetration of a mystery from suffering. It is hoped that sweet intimacy with the Crucified Christ, which trial brought, will break through these pages, giving to the reader that peace which God alone can bring to souls and enlightening them to see that every sorrow is really the “Shade of His Hand outstretched caressingly.” (p.24)


Dear friend: together with me this Lenten season, I invite you to discover the “newness”, the “freshness”, the “transforming” love and power of the crucified and resurrected JESUS for your own life!

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