Bishop Sheen, Fatima, and the Conscience of the West

A post in the Something About Mary Every Day In May series.

I never got to watch Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen when I was growing up. I think I’d only heard about him and I’d seen photos of him. Sometime around my conversion (give or take a few years) I saw his program, Life is Worth Living, on EWTN and realized what I’d been missing. (Video of Bishop Sheen below, links at the end of this post.)

Our Lady of Fatima, Portugal, 100 year anniversary. Free wallpaper from WallPaperCave.

At that time I still didn’t now what to make of Marian apparitions and it would be some years before I would dip my toe in the water. But now that I have, one apparition in particular means a lot to me. In Catholic-speak I would say I have devotion to Our Lady of Fatima. This talk by Archbishop Sheen will go some way in revealing why I like him so much and why Fatima means so much to me and not just me but countless others. And to the world, whether it knows it or not. Especially now.

I got an old used library copy of a book by Archbishop Sheen, Communism and the Conscience of the West. It was out of print at the time (apparently it still is) and I paid more than I wanted to, but after reading it, I don’t think I overpaid at all. If you can get hold of a copy, there are two chapters in particular that would be well worth your time and the money you yourself spend to get it: Chapther Nine: Russia and the Faith, and Chapter Ten: Our Lady of Fatima. So much of what we are experiencing now and where we are headed are summed up and explained in those two chapters. 

Bishop Sheen, Communism and the Conscience of the West
Communism and the Conscience of the West, by Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen. Used library copy which I got and subsequently ripped apart and scanned so I can read it on my iPad. It ain’t a pretty scanning job but it will suffice. Photograph, my own.

The video I linked above, if I recall correctly, covers some of the same material from the Our Lady of Fatima chapter in Communism and the Conscience of the West. I haven’t watched it in a while and haven’t re-read the book either, but I did share the chapter on Twitter in May of 2017, as part of the TweetStorm celebration of the 100th anniversary of the apparitions. Right around that time I discovered a video that also told some of the same information and I think it was this one. I wish I’d kept better notes and with more details in my research. Ah, well, always something new to learn, as in, how to learn and keep up with what one has learned. ;)

Thanks for reading and watching. God bless you and may His peace be always with you.

This has been a post in the Something About Mary Every Day In May series.

PS: I just finished watching the video and, yep, it’s the one that tells the story I wanted to share with you. Well, more than one story. Oh, my goodness, I do love that man. And his talks. And his books. Especially these that I’m sharing with you now. More to come. Stay tuned. God bless!


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