Way to Inner Peace
Publisher: Martino Fine Books
Publication Date: July 11, 2016
With vivid, stark language, Archbishop Sheen expounds on how to obtain the peace that only Christ can give. Included in his lessons, he gives particular emphasis to the virtues of humility, wisdom, and faith. Along the way he explains the principles that guide one's spiritual journey to give them inner peace that they seek. This book may very well change your life. An essential spiritual guidebook that can help you on the path to become a saint.
The modern tendency is toward the affirmation of the ego, the exaltation of selfishness, riding roughshod over others in order to satisfy our own self-centeredness. It certainly has not produced much happiness, for the more the ego asserts itself the more miserable it becomes.
The psychological reason for the modern fondness for news which deflates others or brings out the evil in their lives, is to solace uneasy consciences which are already laden with guilt. By finding others who apparently are more evil, one falsely believes he becomes better. It used to be that the most popular biographies were the lives of good men for the sake of imitation, rather than scandals for the sake of making ourselves believe we are more virtuous.
Our modern world has produced a generation of rich politicians who talk love of the poor, but never prove it in action, and a brood of the poor, but never prove it in action, and a brood of the poor whose hearts are filled with envy for the rich and covetousness of their money. The rich man who is humble helps the poor rather than the revolutionists who use the poor to bomb their ways to Stalinist thrones.
Faithfulness in great things is not uncommon; faithfulness in little things is rare but most indicative of true character. Almost any husband would leap into the sea or rush into a burning building to rescue his perishing wife. But to anticipate the convenience or happiness of the wife in some matter, the neglect of which would go unnoticed, is a more eloquent proof of tenderness.
The tragedy of today is that the world is not only tearing up the photographs of a good society, but also tearing up the negatives. By denying truth the world gives up the search for it, just as the man who believes that blindness is normal will never even seek a cure.
Archbishop Sheen is known for his preaching and especially his work on television and radio. His cause for canonization as a saint was officially opened in 2002. In June 2012, Pope Benedict XVI officially recognized a decree from the Congregation for the Causes of Saints stating that he lived a life of "heroic virtues" - a major step towards beatification - so he is now referred to as "Venerable."
This book was exactly what I was looking for in a spiritual classic -- and it absolutely is a classic. Take a look at the quotes section for this book. It's absolutely loaded. This is one of the books where it's so good, that you have to take several weeks to finish it because you have to stop after every few chapters. Sheen's words are so rich and full of truth, that you want to fully absorb and digest every little tidbit. His use of metaphor in illustrating concepts is just as potent as any spiritual writer I've seen, including St. Francis de Sales. I do believe that Fulton Sheen could be my new favorite writer on Catholic spirituality. I can't wait to read the rest of his books!