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Treasure in Clay: The Autobiography of Fulton J. Sheen [Paperback]

By Fulton J. Sheen, Patrick Watts (Foreward By), Rachel A. Carlson, M.D. David W. Leonard (Contributor) & Ian Willis (Illustrator)
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Pages   416
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.01" Width: 5.23" Height: 1.08"
Weight:   0.85 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 19, 2008
Publisher   Image
ISBN  0385177097  
EAN  9780385177092  

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Fulton Sheen relates his own rich and varied life story which comprised sixty years as one of America's best-loved Catholic priests, whose radio and television congregation numbered thrity million strong

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"Treasure in Clay "provides a lifetime's worth of wisdom from one of the most beloved and influential figures in twentieth-century Catholicism.
Completed shortly before his death in 1979, "Treasure in Clay "is the autobiography of Fulton J. Sheen, the preeminent teacher, preacher, and pastor of American Catholicism.
Called "the Great Communicator" by Billy Graham and "a prophet of the times" by Pope Pius XII, Sheen was the voice of American Catholicism for nearly fifty years. In addition to his prolific writings, Sheen dominated the airwaves, first in radio, and later television, with his signature program "Life is Worth Living," drawing an average of 30 million viewers a week in the 1950s. Sheen had the ears of everyone from presidents to the common men, women, and children in the pews, and his uplifting message of faith, hope, and love shaped generations of Catholics.
Here in Sheen's own words are reflections from his childhood, his years in seminary, his academic career, his media stardom, his pastoral work, his extensive travels, and much more. Readers already familiar with Sheen and as well as those coming to him for the first time will find a fascinating glimpse into the Catholic world Sheen inhabited, and will find inspiration in Sheen's heartfelt recollections. "Treasure in Clay" is a classic book and a lasting testament to a life that was worth living.

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More About Fulton J. Sheen, Patrick Watts, Rachel A. Carlson, M.D. David W. Leonard & Ian Willis

Fulton J. Sheen Fulton John Sheen (born Peter John Sheen, May 8, 1895 – December 9, 1979) was an American archbishop of the Roman Catholic Church known for his preaching and especially his work on television and radio. His cause for canonization for sainthood 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".

Ordained a priest of the Diocese of Peoria in 1919, Sheen quickly became a renowned theologian, earning the Cardinal Mercier Prize for International Philosophy in 1923. He went on to teach theology and philosophy as well as acting as a parish priest before being appointed Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of New York in 1951. He held this position until 1966 when he was made the Bishop of Rochester from October 21, 1966 to October 6, 1969, when he resigned and was made the Archbishop of the Titular See of Newport, Wales.

For 20 years he hosted the night-time radio program The Catholic Hour (1930–1950) before moving to television and presenting Life Is Worth Living (1951–1957). Sheen's final presenting role was on the syndicated The Fulton Sheen Program (1961–1968) with a format very similar to that of the earlier Life is Worth Living show. For this work, Sheen twice won an Emmy Award for Most Outstanding Television Personality, the only personality appearing on the DuMont Network ever to win a major Emmy award.[clarification needed] Starting in 2009, his shows were being re-broadcast on the EWTN and the Trinity Broadcasting Network's Church Channel cable networks.[5] Due to his contribution to televised preaching Sheen is often referred to as one of the first televangelists.

Fulton J. Sheen was born in 1895 and died in 1979.

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"Treasure" This Masterful Autobiography of 20th Century Catholic Hero  Feb 19, 2007
Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen greeted Pope John Paul II on his first visit to New York as Pope in October 1979. "You've written and spoken well of the Lord Jesus," said the still-new pontiff as the men embraced. "You're a loyal son of the church."

A torch was passed that day. Both educated, articulate men tactically understood and despised Communism almost as deeply as they adored Christ, His Mother, the Church He founded and they served. Above all, each followed Cardinal Mercier's wise words to Sheen as his ministry started: "Keep current, understand what the modern world is thinking about;...then plunge deeply into ...the wisdom of the ancients and you will be able to refute its errors."

"Treasures in Clay," Sheen's rich autobiography finished less than a month before his death, reveals his legacy as a faith-filled instructor. He taught religion and philosophy at two of the world's finest universities (Louvain in Belgium and Catholic U. in Washington). He served as head of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith and became a best-selling author, columnist, worldwide radio and television celebrity in those mediums' first decade. He then emptied his attained money and celebrity into promoting the Gospel and Roman Catholic faith, accepting an Emmy while thanking his writers: "Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John."

Anyone reading or watching Bishop Sheen's best-selling book and TV series, "Life is Worth Living," will know and appreciate his narrative tone. He chronicles his path from professor to one of Catholicism's beloved public figures, by placing philosophical discourse beside self-effacing anecdotes beside personal, inspirational devotion. He describes attempts worldwide to convert crowds from Army bases to prisons. He shares intimate conversion stories with the well-known (Claire Booth Luce, Communist editor Louis Budenz) where he comforts as well as instructs those morally and spiritually lost.

Sheen is equally honest about his pains and disappointments. He points to converts who didn't keep to the faith, the church property he couldn't give away to low-cost housing, even his physical pain following open-heart surgery. He cites an episode in a leper colony where you can still feel his shame and guilt over his actions and missed opportunity.

"Treasure In Clay" also explains the bonds linking priests to each other, to their bishop, to Mary (to whom Sheen dedicates the chapter, "The Lady I Love") and their Holy Father, the Pope. He shares anecdotes of Papal meetings, explaining and predicting John Paul II gifts and legacy dead-on.

Sheen, in the front row of the 1960s religious and social revolution, also attempted to reset Catholicism's dividing line post-Vatican II between social justice and the need to save individuals from sin. He provides a welcome look into the Vatican Council's inner workings, from its need for linguistic precision to anecdotes and even limericks.

Before 1979 ended, Sheen's body would rest in St. Patrick's Cathedral. His passing came the day after the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, answering his prayer to die on one of Mary's feast days. His funeral (and eulogy by Archbishop Edward O'Meara in the book's final pages) ended a life and priestly career begun amid World War I's smoldering ruins. He'd live to see John Paul II's papacy start and with it, youth culture's communication tools and techniques joined with timeless truth and love of the human person. This would help defeat Communism and begin a new evangelization, which Sheen yearned for since dramatizing and predicting Stalin's death less than a month before the fact.

Fulton Sheen lived his life in the world but not of it, using wit, eloquence, debating skill, and philosophical mastery to save as many to Christ as he could. All this amidst the 20th century's most tumultuous years. His TV shows still air on Catholic media and his campaign for sainthood has begun in earnest, yet "Treasure in Clay" generously demonstrates God's gifts to Fulton Sheen. Beside "Life Is Worth Living," it belongs in any faith-filled library.
Autobiography of a true priest  Dec 24, 2006
Archbishop Sheen by the grace of God was given enough time on earth to write this book. He died a few days upon its completion. His television show was engaging enough to capture the rapt attention of child and adult alike. As does this book.

We learn of his life from the time as a child being raised by his Christian parents and the ethics they instilled in him. Through his early priesthood, his studies and his life long vocation as a priest. It even includes his experience at the Second Vatican Council. He leaves nothing out of his life, his mistakes, his sins his love are all laid out for us to learn from.

His life is truly inspirational and should be read by every priest. In his own words he always lets us know he never felt worthy of any of his accomplishments and knew all he did was by the grace of God. A true great teacher of the twentieth centaury. this book is a treasure to be read and cherished.
A warmhearted autobiography. . .   Nov 9, 2005
. . . of one of the most prominent Catholics in 20th century America.

Archbishop Fulton Sheen, with the same wit and wisdom which characterized his popular radio and television shows, takes us from the days of his early life, through his years as a student and academic, culminating in his ministry as a priest and bishop in Christ's Church.

In addition to the necessary autobiographical information, the book is infused with humor and anecdotes, including a very funny section on the wit of several of the bishops present at the Second Vatican Council.

Throughout the book, Archbishop Sheen's love of Christ, the Church, and the Blessed Virgin Mary shine clearly through. This book was a true labor of love, finished only a few days prior to his death.
Treasure On Paper  May 9, 2001
Fulton J Sheen is one of America's Best Known and loved Catholic Bishops in the 20th Century. Known mostly for his great oratory skills on his TV program "Life is Worth Living"

To say that the autobiography of Fulton J Sheen is a treasure would not be an understatement at all. All of Fulton Sheen's wit insight and warmth is in this book. Unlike autobiographies of other great orators Bishop Sheen's Autobiography carries all the emotion and humor of his speaches with out losing any appeal.

Among the many great insights in this book are Sheen on his autobiography: "Carlye was wrong in saying that 'there is no life of a man faithfully recorded'. Mine was! The ink used was blood, the parchment was skin the pen a spear. over eighty chapters make up the book, each for a year of my life. Though I pick it up every day it never reads the same. The more I lift my eyes from it's pages the more I feel the need of doing my own autobiography that all might see what I want them to see. But the more I fasten my gaze on it, the more I see that everything worthwhile in it was received as a gift from Heaven. Why then should I glory in it?"

Sheen on Communism "Communism also has a complete philosophy... If one starts with the wrong assumption and is logical from that point on , he will never get back to the road of truth. Communism is a religion ... That is why it appeals to those who are without faith and why Soviet Russia is today (WAS) regarded as the last hope of the western man who lives without God."

There are numours great Quotes and stories/antidotes in this book on subjects ranging from missionaries and conversions to reflections on various Popes, to teaching and Celibacy.

Treasure in clay is a great book written by one of the twentieth centurie's greatest Catholics

Sheen's humour, wisdom, courage & good cheer  Apr 7, 2001
This is a charming book. If you've read other books by Archbishop Sheen, or remember his television lectures, then you must read "Treasure in Clay." And you needn't read the chapters in the order they were written. Depending on your mood, you might want to read "The Lighter Side," or the chapter about Our Lady, or "The Hour that Makes My Day" -- about his unwavering devotion to Eucharistic adoration. You might want to read about the Second Vatican Council, and the ebullient camaraderie that characterized the sessions (evidenced by some of the bishops playfully exchanging sacred limericks). You can read about Communism -- Sheen's chapter on this subject is a needed corrective to the historical lassitude that fails to convey the menace of this abominable ideology.

There are anecdotes about FDR and about Humphrey Bogart. There are stories of conversions which Sheen helped bring to fruition; there is the note that the octogenarian archbishop received from a boy of fi!ve or six: "I hop you have a happy Birthday, and I hop you will be Pop."

"Treasure in Clay" gives us laughter and devotion, humor and courage, poetry and the Cross, and a fine tribute to John Paul II, newly elected as this book was being written. There is much to treasure in "Treasure in Clay."

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