Life in a small town, The Inner Struggle

Venerable Fulton Sheen: Go To Heaven …

Promised myself that I would give equal time in my reading to secular health related reading, fantasy science fiction, and faith related books. The secular health related stuff is the heaviest going – like reading university text books, I can read about three times as much fluffy sci-fi as health stuff. The most satisfying so far at this time is the faith literature, which used to be even harder that the health textbooks.

Go figure … here is a quote from Venerable Fulton Sheen:

Venerable Fulton J. Sheen

Venerable Fulton J. Sheen, May 8, 1895 to December 9, 1979 (aged 84)

“… Not everyone, however, chooses to follow Christ, the Light of the world. This is not to say that men begin with a conscious hatred of the Light, because truth is as native to the mind as light to the eye. But when that Light shone on their souls and revealed their sins, they hated it just as the bank robber hates the searchlight the policeman has turned on him.

The truth which He brought, men recognized as a claim on their allegiance, because they were made for it; but since they had perverted their natures by evil behavior, His truth stirred their consciences and they despised it. All their habits of life, their dishonesties and baser passions, roused them in violent opposition to that Light.

Many a sick man will not undergo a medical examination, for fear the doctor may tell him something he does not like. He told them therefore that He was not a teacher asking for a disciple who would parrot His sayings; He was a savior who first disturbed a conscience and then purified it. But many would never get beyond hating the disturber. The Light is no boon, except to those who are men of good will; their lives may be evil, but at least they want to be good. His presence, He said, was a threat to sensuality, avarice, and lust.

When a man has lived in a dark cave for years, his eyes cannot stand the light of the sun; so the man who refuses to repent turns against mercy. No one can prevent the sun from shining, but every man can pull down the blinds and shut it out. Christ said that no one could be indifferent to Him. Every man, He claimed, had some contact with Him. He is free to reject His influence, but the rejection is the stone which crushes him. No one can remain indifferent once he has met Him. He remains the perpetual element in the character of every hearer.

No teacher in the world ever claimed that rejecting him would harden one’s heart and make a man worse. But here is One who, within three days of going to His death, said that the very rejection of Him would decay the heart. Whether one believes or disbelieves Him, one is never the same afterward. Christ said that He was either the rock on which men would build the foundation of life, or the rock which would crush them.

Never did men just simply pass Him by; He is the abiding presence. Some may think that they allow Him to pass by without receiving Him, but this He called fatal neglect. A fatal crushing would follow not only neglect or indifference, but also when there was formal opposition.

No teacher who ever lived told those who heard him that the rejection of his words would mean their damnation. Even those who believe that Christ was only a teacher would scruple at this judgment about receiving His message. But as He was primarily a savior, the alternative was understandable. To reject the savior was to reject salvation, as Our Lord called Himself in the house of Zacchaeus.

The questioners of His authority had no doubt of the spiritual significance of the parable and the reference to themselves. Their motives were discovered, which only exasperated more those whose designs were evil. When evil is revealed in the light, it does not always repent; sometimes it becomes more evil. …”

Sheen, Fulton J.. Go to Heaven: A Spiritual Road Map to Eternity (pp. 59-60). Ignatius Press.