Humdingers from the Saints: Fulton Sheen

Though he isn’t canonized or even beatified, Ven. Fulton Sheen is still one of my favorite Catholic figures. How could I not love a man who both acknowledges and affirms my need for a daily cup (or two) of coffee?

“The average American is physically, biologically, psychologically and neurologically unable to do anything worthwhile before he has a cup of coffee. And that goes for prayer too.” ~Fulton Sheen


Like most of my favorite people, this man is a perfect blend of wit and wisdom. He was a priest, professor, Bishop and celebrity, using his abilities to share the Gospel over radio (The Catholic Hour) and then TV. His show, Life is Worth Living, had extremely high viewership ratings. Sheen’s talks were never straight appeals for loyalty to the Catholic church, but universal in nature, designed to appeal to people of any faith. Because of this, he won the Emmy for Most Outstanding TV Personality twice! It’s actually a line from one his acceptance speeches that I wanted to use as the humdinger for the day.

In 1952, Sheen defeated prominent actors Edward R. Murrow, Lucille Ball and Arthur Godfrey for the title of Most Outstanding Television Personality. Upon accepting his award, he opened with the line, “I wish to thank my four writers, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.” Of course, the audience erupted in laughter, delighted by the wit of this humorous and holy Bishop. 

His cleverness was somehow both simple and profound and drew many people closer to Christ. His intelligence made the faith seem logical, and his joy made the faith seem attractive, a lethal to anyone living an apathetic life. If you don’t know much about him, I recommend you explore his writings, especially The World’s First Love and Three to Get Married. Even exploring the results of a simple google search of “Fulton Sheen quotes” would be sure to supply you with an abundance of amusing insights.

Happy Searching 🙂




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