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image: Photo of Bishop Fulton J. Sheen of Rochester in October 1956, ABC Radio / Wikimedia Commons (Public Domain)

By Al Smith, Catholic Exchange, Feb. 23, 2022

Al Smith is the editor of four best-selling books available from Sophia Institute Press …

Note from author:  The Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen has been my trusted Lenten guide for a number of years now.  He is that faithful priest who continues to bring Jesus to me and helps to bring me closer to Jesus.  I pray that he will do the same for you this Lent.

Editor’s note: You can pick up The Cries of Jesus From the Cross—A Fulton Sheen Anthology at your favorite bookseller or online through Sophia Institute Press. Mr. Smith has provided a free and helpful Lenten reading guide for 2002 that you can find Bishop Sheen Today.


As I prepare for Lent each year, I ask myself the same questions: what am I going to give up, what works of mercy will I perform, or what spiritual reading might I entertain this year?

The older I get, the more I realize that I cannot go wrong with the tried and proven writings of the saints. Classics such as St. Alphonsus Liguori’s The Way of the Cross, and Lenten reflections from the writings of St. Teresa of Avila and St. Francis de Sales, are staples in my home. But to be honest, it is the writings of the Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen that continue to be my trusted Lenten companion. …

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