Tuesday, October 16, 2001

I have finally finished the rough draft of Praying in the Presence of the Lord with Fulton J. Sheen which will be released in March 2002. I finished going through the book at a Eucharistic Adoration chapel that is in an abandoned convent at our parish. Since the purpose of the book is to accompany prayer, I felt that I needed to be in the right environment. Two reflections on the experience.

First, I am very happy with my contributions to the book as well as my editorial choices in what I have drawn from Bishop Sheen's writings. The book is a mix of his thought and my commentary upon it. Reading through the book in the presence of Our Lord I left the chapel with a deep sense of peace.

Secondly, although some of the material was written by Bishop Sheen over 70 years ago it is amazing how relevant it is to the present hour. I think the book will do a lot to introducing Bishop Sheen to a whole new crowd of admirers. If you don't know much about him, I would suggest visiting the site that is dedictated to a preliminary investigation into his life to examine the possibility of his canonization at the Friends of Archbishop Sheen site.

I also hightly recommend a new biography on Bishop Sheen written by Thomas Reeves that is great.

Now I have to get to work on a book on the Mass that I am writing that will be out next September.