Tuesday 10 January 2017

Advent Meditations - Fulton J. Sheen

Advent Meditations with Fulton J. Sheen
Fulton J. Sheen
Liguori Publications
ISBN 9780764816581

I bought this book even before I had finished Lenten Meditations with Fulton J. Sheen, The two books are set up in the exact same way. Each day you get a topic, a short quote from Fulton J. Sheen, these quotes vary from single sentences to longer paragraphs. And then the devotion ends with a bible quote. There are meditations from the First Sunday of Advent through to the Fourth Saturday of Advent. 

A sample devotion is:

Monday Fourth Week of Advent 
God’s Unconditional Love 

Many people nowadays want God, but on their terms, not on his. They insist that their wishes shall determine the kind of religion that is true, rather than letting God reveal his truth to them. So their dissatisfaction continues and grows. But God finds us lovable, even in our rebellion against him. 

Lift Up Your Heart 
I am the LORD, I have called you in righteousness, I have taken you by the hand and kept you. 
Isaiah 42:6

This booklet has by far the shortest Advent devotions I have ever encountered. And Yet it also has great impact. The selected quotes from the works of Fulton J. Sheen all seem to speak to the heart. I highlighted part of or the entire quote almost every day. And I added a few of the books the quotes were drawn from to my reading list for the next year. This booklet is excellent for the advent season or to be honest could be read almost any time as a 4 week devotional or primer on Fulton J. Sheen’s writings.

I enjoyed this devotional so much I already plan on rereading it next year during advent again.  And I can highly recommend it. 

(If you are not convinced yet you can see another sample meditation here.)

Books by Fulton J. Sheen:
God and Intelligence in Modern Philosophy
The Seven Last Words
Philosophy of Science
The Eternal Galilean
Calvary and the Mass
The Cross and the Beatitudes
Communism and the Conscience of the West
Peace of Soul
Three to Get Married
Life Is Worth Living Series 1-5
Way to Happiness
Way to Inner Peace 
Life of Christ
Missions and the World Crisis
The Power of Love
Footprints in a Darkened Forest
Lenten and Easter Inspirations
Treasure in Clay: The Autobiography of Fulton J. Sheen
God's World and Our Place In It
The World's First Love

Books About Fulton J. Sheen:
Fulton Sheen - Louise Merrie - CTS Biographies

(Note: this books is part of a series: A Year of Reading Intention - Catholic Reading!)

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