Fulton Sheen Novena

fulton sheen novenaArchbishop Fulton J. Sheen was a great American Catholic and likely a Saint. Here is the novena for his canonization.

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DAY 1 – Fulton Sheen Novena

How God will judge my life I know not, but I trust he will see me with mercy and compassion. I am only certain there will be three surprises in Heaven. First of all, I will see some people whom I never expected to see. Second, there will be a number whom I expect who will not be there. And – even relying on God’s mercy – the biggest surprise of all may be that I will be there. When the record of any human life is set down, there are three pairs of eyes who see it in a different light. 1. As I see it. 2. As others see it. 3. As God sees it. Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

Lord, help us to focus on You as Fulton Sheen did so that we may be humble when looking upon ourselves, so that others will see You when they look upon us, and so we can see our lives as You see it.

Prayer of Canonization (see below), Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be

DAY 2 – Fulton Sheen Novena

Protestants, Jews and Catholics have God, morality, and religion in common. In the name of God, let us – Jews, Protestants, and Catholics – do two things: 1. Realize that an attack upon one is an attack upon all, since we are all one in God; it is not tolerance we need, but charity; not forbearance but love. 2. Begin doing something about religion, and the least we can do is say our prayers; to implore God’s blessings upon the world and our country; to thank Him for his blessings; and to become illumined in the fullness of His truth. There is entirely too much talk about religion and not enough action. Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

Lord, Fulton Sheen reached out to people of every religion. Help us to see others as You see them and to focus on what we have in common instead of our differences.

Prayer of Canonization (see below), Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be

DAY 3 – Fulton Sheen Novena

In every friendship hearts grow and entwine themselves together, so that the two hearts seem to make only one heart with only a common thought. That is why separation is so painful; it is not so much two hearts separating, but one being torn asunder. Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

Lord, help me to see you in others like Fulton Sheen did so I can become one with them as we will all be one in heaven. Help me to realize that separation from You means an empty heart for me.

Prayer of Canonization (see below), Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be

DAY 4 – Fulton Sheen Novena

The great tragedy of life is not so much what men have suffered, but what they have missed. And what greater tragedy is there than to miss the peace of sin forgiven? There is not a man living who, if he willed it, could not enjoy the spiritual food and drink which God serves to all who ask. Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

Lord, Fulton Sheen led so many to peace of soul by introducing them to your forgiveness. Help us to share your gift of peace to others by introducing them to Your true loving forgiveness and gift of confession. Help us to learn to ask for the food and drink we truly need.

Prayer of Canonization (see below), Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be

DAY 5 – Fulton Sheen Novena

All love on this earth involves choice. When, for example, a young man expresses his love to a young woman and asks her to become his wife, he is not just making an affirmation of love; he is also negating his love for anyone else. In that one act by which he chooses her, he rejects all that is not her. There is no other real way in which to prove we love a thing than by choosing it in preference to something else. Word and sighs of love may be, and often are, expressions of egotism or passion; but deeds are proofs of love. We can prove we love our Lord only by choosing Him in preference to anything else. Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

Lord, Fulton Sheen loved you above all things. Help us to choose to put you first in our lives so we can learn what true love is.

Prayer of Canonization (see below), Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be

DAY 6 – Fulton Sheen Novena

Burning the candle at both ends for God’s sake may be foolishness to the world, but it is a profitable Christian exercise for so much better the light! Only one thing in life matters: Being found worthy of the Light of the World in the hour of His visitation. We need have no undue fear for our health if we work hard for the Kingdom of God; God will take care of our health if we take care of His cause. In any case, it is better to burn out than to rust out. Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

Lord, even when tired and sick Fulton Sheen worked unceasingly for your cause. Help us to learn how to tirelessly work for You through Fulton Sheen. Help us to know that there is no rest unless it is in You.

Prayer of Canonization (see below), Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be

DAY 7 – Fulton Sheen Novena

Mary is not only mother of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, but she is also our mother, and this is not by a title of courtesy, not by legal fiction, not by a mere figure of speech, but by the right of bringing us forth in sorrow at the foot of the cross. Mary, by sacrifice and obedience, regained for us the title, Mother of the living. What a destiny to have the Mother of God as my Mother and Jesus as my brother. Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

Lord, Fulton Sheen learned obedience at the school of Mary. He had such a great relationship with her. He knew that when he went before the judgment seat of Christ You would say “I heard My mother speak of you.” Help us to better know Mary so we may gain insight into such great obedience, love, faith and hope.

Prayer of Canonization (see below), Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be

DAY 8 – Fulton Sheen Novena

If we followed the same rules for health that we do about religion, we would all be bedridden. It is not enough to talk about the necessity of health; we must do something practical about it – for example, eat, exercise, and rest. So it is with religion. We must nourish ourselves with the truths of God, exercise our spiritual muscles in prayer, mortify ourselves of those things which are harmful to the soul, and be just as scrupulous in avoiding moral evil as we are in avoiding physical evil. Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

Lord, Fulton Sheen did not ask others to go to confession or visit our Lord an hour a day without doing it himself. He practiced what he preached. Guard us from hypocrisy and help us to lead others to you through our actions.

Prayer of Canonization (see below), Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be

DAY 9 – Fulton Sheen Novena

The better we become, the less conscious we are of our goodness. If anyone admits to being a saint, he is close to being a devil. Jean Jacques Rousseau believed that of all men, he was the most perfect, but he had so many cracks in his soul that he abandoned his children after their birth. The more saintly we become, the less conscious we are of being holy. A child is cute so long as he does not know that he is cute. As soon as he thinks he is, he turns into a brat. True goodness is unconscious. Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

Lord, Fulton Sheen always thought of himself as an unworthy servant and never thought himself a saint. Help us to be humble in our service and to realize as Fulton Sheen realized that all good works come from You.

Prayer of Canonization (see below), Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be

PRAYER FOR CANONIZATION:

Heavenly Father, source of all holiness, You raise up within the Church in every age men and women who serve with heroic love and dedication. You have blessed Your Church through the life and ministry of Your faithful servant, ARCHBISHOP FULTON J. SHEEN. He has written and spoken well of Your Divine Son, Jesus Christ, and was a true instrument of the Holy Spirit in touching the hearts of countless people. If it be according to Your Will, for the glory of the Most Holy Trinity and for the salvation of souls, we ask You to move the Church to proclaim him a saint.

We ask this prayer through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Amen.

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  1. Please pray as we are in desperate need financially and for help with poor health. Please pray for steady and stable income so we can meet our needs…home, food, safe car, medical needs, new furnace for winter. It seems impossible as things are so difficult and have been filled with one trial after another for so long. Please pray for us. We need a miracle.

    • Dear Archbishop Fulton J Sheen please pray for me for my A1C level to come back to normal to be short of diabetes for my cholesterol and blood pressure be normal and for my vitamin D deficiency in Jesus name amen

  2. Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, please hear my prayer and please intercede on my behalf. I am in great need of your help. I will be calling someone in an hour and I am trying to restart negotiations I backed out of 2 weeks ago. The reason I backed out is because they admitted they lied to me after I caught it and they tried to correct the situation, and I was so upset my reaction was to back out. I should have reacted differently but that was what I did. After thinking about the situation for weeks, I have come to realize I do want to do business with them. It is hard for me to call them because I know they are very upset with me, they did try to correct the situation, they say it was just an error on their part. I need your help. Please ask our Lord to soften their hearts toward me and to help us in continuing the relationship. Please help them understand why I reacted the way I did. Please help us to move forward in a positive way and with no more “errors” on their part and greater understanding on mine.

    I realize my prayer might not sound important to some or perhaps not important to ask for intercession but there is a lot of background here I cannot write and it is very important indeed. I need prayers, thank you to anyone who may pray on my behalf for this purpose.

  3. Please Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, intercede for my Mom’s healing from depression, fear and anxiety. Amen

  4. Miracle needed,JMJ, Archbishop Fulton Sheen please beg our Lord & Lady for much needed help; urgent , serious leg ailment w/ doctors offering no hope of recovery; please help me recover from this illness. Our Lady of Lourdes please help me recover & heal. Thank you.

  5. Beloved Fulton Sheen
    We ask for a healthy birth for Baby Zoe.
    She has an enlarged liver and many problems with her little body. The doctors have stated that she is sure to die. But, her young father and mother are praying she is born alive so they can kiss her and have her baptized and say goodbye to her. More than that, if you could obtain a miracle cure for her from Our Lord, of course it would be the greatest blessing.

  6. Dear Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen, you inspire, edify and motivate me to be better each day, thank you for your talks. Your life rooted in the Blessed Lord in the Eucharist gave you such great intimacy with Him which you have so eloquently shared with us. My grandson is in need of healing to be able to to lead a normal life free of tantrums, fits and lack of learning. It is amazing that he is being prepared for receiving his First Holy Communion, learning to make the sign of the cross and reciting a few sentences of the Our Father. I implore you dear Archbishop to make him normal, to be able to speak, reason and behave in a socially acceptable manner. I also beseech you to give my grand daughter the gift of fluent speech. There are many more trials and turmoils in the life of my son and daughter-in-law, give them peace, tranquility and sincere repentance. I too need to know what path my life will take next, show me the way. What is utmost in my mind is to be present at daily Holy Mass and to receive Jesus everyday. I also implore you to grant the grace of Baptism/conversion to my husband and son-in-law. It is sad that the younger generation in my family are turning away from the Sacraments, please pray for them too. Amen.

  7. Most venerable bishop Sheen, I ask for your intercession for a miraculous healing of my friend, Rachel Tucay. She’s been given days but this was 2 weeks ago. Her strong will keeps her moving and I am hoping that is a sign that God wants us to petition Him for the healing we have all been waiting for.

    I now come to you and beg for your intercession that you may ask the Lord and His Mother to come to the aid of Rachel and grant her complete healing and remission from cancer and eradicate all the tumours that have metastasized already.

    I ask this in the name of Jesus our Lord, through your intercession and the Blessed Mother. Amen.

  8. Most Venerable Bishop Sheen I ask for intercession in my husband Paul’s salvation to turn to our Lord and come back home. I thank you for the advice on life and marriages. In the name of Jesus Christ, I ask for the evil selfish spirits to leave Paul so he can filled with the Holy Spirit and come back to our family and life together. Thank you for such wonderful priests and clergy who provide support and wisdom to all the lost souls. Amen

  9. Let us go together as one family of Holy Mother Church to honor and give thanks for our brother in Christ, Archbishop Fulton Sheen, and remain faithful sons and daughters in Spirit and Truth as he has done to become a devout preacher of the Gospel of Life.

  10. JMJ, St Therese ,Bishop Sheen please ask God to hear my prayers for much needed
    Return to health/ chronic diseases that only
    Can be healed by the mercy of God. God please give me your strength & heal me so I can better serve You through helping others.
    Praise God, thank you Jesus.

  11. Please help pray for my son’s healing. Henry Xavier was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease at seven years old. He’s now 10 and has never gone into remission. He had six inches of his colon removed when he was eight and he goes to the hospital, for monthly treatments, to help keep his disease under control. On July 6, he will be having another scope to see how his digestive tract is doing. He has good days and bad days. Last night he was up using the bathroom six times. I’m starting this Novena on July 1, please join me and pray for him. Thank you, Carolyn

    • God gave us many saints. Please join me in prayer asking for intercession of St Padre PIO, St Timothy,St Januarius & Venerable Fr Nelson Baker for Henry Xavier. Bishop Sheen please pray with us for healing for Henry, as God says “wherever two or more are gathered in my name, I am in their midst .”

  12. To our Loving Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen,
    I humbly implore your intercession for the conversion of, healing for and reconciliation for our friend, brother, father, husband, and son Christopher Decker. May you please watch over him and his family during this difficult time. May you help them find the strength to continue to be strong and stay positive, and to not lose hope during these difficult days. Please allow Chris the time and the strength that he needs to heal from within so that he can return to his family whole once again. Allow him to heal Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, and please stop their suffering. In Jesus Christ Name, Amen.

  13. Dear loving archbishop fulton j sheen please pray for my two children Aibel and Michael with autism. May they may proclaim Eternal Word like you. We trust in Jesus and your powerful intercession help them for your Glory and our Lord Jesus. Amen
    Also pray for my wife Annie and myself to full the word of God Joshua 24/15. Amen

  14. Please pray for Amy that she will be ok and remain in good health
    She was called about a job, please pray that she gets it. Bishop z sheen. I will always remember the Tuesday night we had to watch you on TV and write about what you said for school the next day. Thank you Bishop Sheen , everyone loves you.
    Amen

  15. Please pray for salvation of my husband Paul and restoration of our marriage. I know Bishop Sheen will help Paul to see the truth about life and God. Nothing is too hard for our Lord who is more powerful than evil demons of lust, greed, anger and vanity. I will give all the glory to Bishop Sheen and God when Paul is saved and comes home. Amen

  16. I get accepted into St Louis university school of law, my wife and I obtain substantial employment, I am awarded the proposal to develop Maryland height Missouri and Faustina returns home. Sarah speaks and gets potty trained!!!

  17. I get accepted into St Louis university school of law, my wife and I obtain substantial employment, I am awarded the proposal to develop Maryland height Missouri and Faustina returns home. Sarah speaks and gets potty trained!

  18. I get accepted into St Louis university school of law, my wife and I obtain substantial employment, I am awarded the proposal to develop Maryland height Missouri and Faustina returns home. Sarah speaks and gets potty trained.

  19. I get accepted into St Louis university school of law, my wife and I obtain substantial employment, I am awarded the proposal to develop Maryland height Missouri and Faustina returns home. Sarak speaks and gets potty trained.

  20. That I get accepted into law school, my wife and I obtain substantial employment, that I am awarded the TIF FUNDING TO develope MARYLAND HEIGHTS MISSOURI

  21. That I get accepted into law school, my wife and I find substantial employment and I get awarded the winning proposal to develope Maryland height Missouri

  22. Dearest Archbishop Sheen, please consider and pray for Mary S. She is struggling with this life. Please, intercede with Jesus on her behalf, that she may be restored to life and that this miracle will be credited to your intercession.
    I pray this in the Holy Name of Jesus, Amen.

  23. JMJ, Ven. Fulton Sheen, now free of this world you can go to Lourdes, your favorite place & ask Our Lord & Our Lady to obtain the health & healings I so desperately need.I can barely function due to crippling illness.Please help my family so lost & suffering.My child( married) needs miracle to have normal healthy children safely.For her extended family in their needs, thank you.

  24. JMJ,Archbishop Fulton Sheen please ask God to heal Meg of horrible devastating seizures & recent virus. She suffers so much. For her mom M to heal from 2nd failed hand surgery & her dad P w/ serious illness ; for them all so worn out.thank you

  25. JMJ, Archbishop Fulton Sheen please ask God to heal my very bad leg(s);skin condition & spine problems. Please ask Our Eucharistic Lord who you spent so much time with,thank you Jesus.& for all sick or in need.

  26. I humbly implore Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen’s intercession for the conversion of, healing for and reconciliation with my love Kaitlin Elizabeth. May my second email request sent today (Dec 9th) to her to attend 2015 Christmas Midnight Mass with me be granted today on the anniversary of his death, December 9, 1979. It would be a true miracle if she does. Praise be the Hearts of Jesus and Mary in the life, in the love and in the intercession of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen! Amen.

  27. My son is praying for a miracle and my husband and I are too. He now realizes he wants to help others and asking through the intersession of Bishop Fulton Sheen for a miracle he has taken many steps today to be close to Jesus. So far Jesus has been with him the pains have been through the mind, but prayer has been there for him. I KNOW HE COULD HELP MANY PLEASE A MIRACLE take care Bless the poor the sick and the sinner

  28. I ask Bishop Sheen to pray for my husband’s salvation to turn to God and come back home. Bishop Sheen’s teaching on marriage are still relevant in today’s world, straightforward advice I wish I would have heard years ago. In the name of Jesus, I ask Bishop Sheen to pray for resurrection of our marriage. Praise God for such great priests and bishops who direct us. Amen

  29. Archbishop Fulton Sheen has always strengthened my faith when I have listened to his “Life is Worth Living” programs (first as a young child) and now, thankfully, again on EWTN. I have read some of his books, The Life of Christ being a masterpiece, and at one time had his mission rosary blessed by him and sadly lost it. It was my greatest treasure and would take it everywhere I went. I feel strongly that that very holy man is a saint and I am praying for his beatification and then sainthood. I am also praying to him that my son be healed of nervous system disorder he has suffered with for many years. He is a gift not only to the Catholic Church but to people everywhere, of various faiths, who have had their lives changed for the better.

  30. I will pray for Bishop Sheen to become a Saint as his wonderful work helped me to understand Catholicism and make the decision to convert to the Catholic Church. Through Bishop Sheen, God communicated his glory and grace to many people all across the world. Please pray for the canonisation of this great man. God bless.

  31. Please pray for my very good cousin. Lisa T. has an incurable cancer. She hopes to be cured through the intercession of Fulton J. Sheen.
    Thank you for this wonderful website!

  32. Venerable Fulton Sheen is the saint for our times.

    His witness to Christ and his Church was an inspiration
    to us all especially the young.

    I am praying to him for a special intention.

    Thank you for this website

  33. I humbly ask Bishop Sheen to intercede to our Dear Lord on behalf of my son to cure his Stage IV cancer. His radiation and chemo treatments are finished, but it was not eradicated. His time is limited. Will anyone reading this, also please pray for his cure. He has two girls, ages 9 and 15 who need him very much. I’m trying to have the faith of the woman who just wanted to touch the hem of His garment. Miracles DO happen – please let this be one. Thank you, Sweet Jesus and Bishop Sheen and all who are praying for him.

    • JPH,
      I’m so sorry for your son’s cancer. I went through this with my husband in 1982. Same stage 1v. Incurable. children 8 & 15. Prayed, begged!! Then I had a vision. My Dad, Grandmom, Father-in-law & Aunt were there. My Dad (extremely religious, spiritual) spoke as I was screaming for the 4 of them to intercede, “Elaine, you know THIS is better.” (Our thoughts were always the same – we live to die & live with God. A much better world).
      Please pray for strength & thank God for lending your son to you. Dwell on the fun times. Try to put the pain of the recent past behind you. Talk about your son – to anyone who will listen. Be positive. Talk & laugh with the grandkids about all the funny things their daddy did – from when he was a little boy. Keep it positive BUT remember, JPH, your son will be TOTALLY out of all suffering & just waiting for his family to join him.
      God bless you, JPH, and you son & his family.

  34. Sun. Apr. 6, we are starting this novena for the intercession of Ven. Sheen, for his second miracle and canonization cause. It is for my daughter, Katie, age 26, 8 months pregnant with her first, who just found out a few weeks ago that her baby Milo, has spina bifida on vertebrae L4 or L5. We pray for her healthy early C-section delivery on Apr. 14 & her baby Milo’s successful surgery on Apr. 15, to reinsert the spinal cord in the spine, with no complications. Let us storm heaven with our prayers please! And THANK YOU!

  35. When I was in high school in Philadelphia, Pa. I and my uncle Jim had the honor to see Bishop Sheen in person . It was an exciting evening, I really don’t remember anything he preached, only to this day a joke he told. If we lay people were allowed to vote for sainthood, I would vote for Bishop Sheen’s sainthood GOD BLESS, Sonny Andrews

      • Please pray for my sister that was murdered in 2001. I miss her a lot and always think of her :( I wish she was still here.. But i know she is in a better place. I just miss her too much… :(