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What Fulton J. Sheen Can Teach Us About Prayer | feat. Al Smith

What Fulton J. Sheen Can Teach Us About Prayer | feat. Al Smith

The saintly bishop Fulton J. Sheen was often approached by numerous people who had a simple request: “Teach us how to pray.” While he reached millions of souls via radio and TV, the bishop also penned dozens of pamphlets and short books address varying topics of prayer. However, many of those writings were forgotten later on.

Thanks to the work of Allan Smith, Director of the Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen Mission Society of Canada and editor of Bishop Sheen Today, the many works of Bishop Sheen are now collected in a single volume.

Allan Smith joins Michael on the CE Podcast today to share the lessons Fulton Sheen taught him while compiling his latest book, Lord, Teach Us To Pray: A Fulton Sheen Anthology. From Sheen’s prolific writing, we learn how to call to St. Joseph and Mary to learn how they taught Jesus and countless other children to pray.

With Lent just around the corner, today’s episode will teach you some of Fulton J. Sheen’s techniques and insights for a deeper, more efficacious prayer life. We especially focus on developing a devout and prayerful Holy Hour and the Stations of the Cross.

Other things we discuss:

  • The transformative power of a Holy Hour.
  • How to work through distractions during prayer.
  • The role of Mary in teaching us how to pray.
  • How we can learn to console Mary’s sorrows.
  • How St. Joseph taught Jesus to pray, and how he can help you too.
  • Fulton J. Sheen’s methods for working through distraction during prayer.

Links and other resources

You can find Al Smith at Bishop Sheen Today as well as on radio stations throughout North America, or online through his archive. He is also the founder and director of the Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen Mission Society of Canada.

Check out our previous interview with Mr. Smith about Bishop Sheen, “Ven. Fulton J. Sheen as a Lenten Guide,” here on Catholic Exchange or wherever you listen to podcasts. Also, Allan has also written the article “Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen – My Trusted Guide for Lent” for Catholic Exchange.

Find Fulton J. Sheen’s Victory Over Vice at Sophia Institute Press, as well as excerpts of his writings here at Catholic Exchange.

image: Portrait of Fulton J. Sheen by Fred Palumbo, World Telegram staff photographer / Wikimedia Commons [Public domain].

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