On Good Friday, 1979, a television crew visited St. Agnes Church in New York to tape a news piece. They were so enthralled by the speaker, Bishop Fulton J. Sheen, they taped his entire talk. This long lost tape has now been found and digitally remastered. It is titled "His Last Words." Bishop Sheen died later that year.
This is the Bishop at his best: in a pulpit, not a TV studio. It is a new Sheen experience seen here for the first time. The Bishop's wit and wisdom transcend the years. His words remain a masterpiece of sacred prose and poetry.
"It is not a unity of religion we seek but a union of religious people. We may not be able to meet in the same pew, but we can meet together on our knees as Christians."
Rev. Billy Graham said of Sheen, "I greatly admired his ministry and his focus on Christ." Dr. Robert Schuller of the Crystal Cathedral wrote, "He was the first teacher from whom we all learned."
Actor Martin Sheen chose his name from Bishop Sheen. The Holy Father used his tapes to practice English. The Bishop wrote 95 books and countless newspaper and magazine articles. He was an Emmy winner for his television program, "Life is Worth Living."
For today's troubled church, Bishop Sheen is a friend many are seeking to help guide their spiritual journey. With him, we see each sunrise as God's radiant promise that life is worth living. "God love you."