Fr. Dave Tomaszycki: Fighting the Demonic with the Holy Hour

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By Fr. Dave Tomaszycki, Catholic Exchange, July 11, 2024

Fr. Dave Tomaszycki is a plumber turned priest. He became a Fulton Sheen enthusiast in 2009 upon reading Sheen’s Life of Christ. Fr. Tomaszycki was ordained in 2016 and currently serves as Secretary to the Archbishop of Detroit.

“We are living in a busy, excited world. A world that is gauged to interruption. We get news on the hour. Life is fissioned. Ever since we fissioned the atom, our lives have become split…We have no attention span.” (Fulton J. Sheen, On The Demonic, 183).

Avatar photoThese words were uttered by the prophetic and Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen some fifty years ago, before cell phones and the internet. If we had no attention span then, how are we doing today? Studies have shown that goldfish have longer attention spans than today’s adults.

Sheen’s remedy was the daily Holy Hour: “This, my good brothers and sisters, is the reason for making a continuous Holy Hour. It is the only way we can pray today because it takes that long to divest ourselves of the world” (On The Demonic, 183). …