Fulton J. Sheen on Doing Good v Refraining from Doing Bad

Wise stuff! Reminds me of Burke’s (attributed) words, paraphrasing–“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” And as Martin Luther King Jr wrote (and it’s quoted in the post below this one on my blog [realtruelove.wordpress.com]), and again paraphrasing, cooperation with what is good and right is as much as a moral imperative as is noncooperation with what is evil / wrong.”

If we were to be really honest about ourselves and our society, I think we could all perhaps admit that (a) apathy is a problem, and (b) we tend to be more reluctant to stick our necks out in the direction of standing for something good and virtuous than abstaining from something bad and unjust.

Actively doing real good–real charity and love–tends to be more difficult than refraining from doing bad. Wise words from Bishop Sheen!

Rubber Tyres --> Smooth Rides


“We can think of Lent as a time to eradicate evil or cultivate virtue, a time to pull up weeds or to plant good seeds. Which is better is clear, for the Christian ideal is always positive rather than negative. A person is great not by the ferocity of his hatred of evil, but by the intensity of his love for God. Asceticism and mortificdation are not the ends of a Christian life; they are only the means. The end is charity. Penance merely makes an opening in our ego in which the Light of God can pour. As we deflate ourselves, God fills us. And it is GOD’s arrival that is the important event.” –Fulton J. Sheen


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About John

I am a married, 46-year old, Midwesterner, with four children. My primary interest is in leading a very examined and decent and Loving life; my interests that are related to this and that feed into this include (and are not limited to) -- psychology, philosophy, poetry, critical thinking, photography, soccer, tennis, chess, bridge.
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2 Responses to Fulton J. Sheen on Doing Good v Refraining from Doing Bad

  1. John,
    Thanks for re-blogging (and commenting on my post ‘Lent’).


  2. John says:

    You’re welcome, Linus, and thanks again.

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