The Catholic Church lifts up holy men and women as role models for us, examples of people who heard God say “Be holy as I am holy” and set themselves to that task. We can look at the timeline of their lives and see their obvious sins and struggles and how they overcame them by relying on God, His Sacraments, and His Word. As we study the lives of the saints, we see their personalities and they become our friends. As such, we are confident that just like our loved ones surrounding us on Earth, our heavenly companions are praying for us.
Currently, Holy Mother Church is in the midst of the canonization process for Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen. Many of faithful, myself included, hope that he will one day be declared a saint. Having already investigated Sheen’s writings, the Vatican recently read through almost 2,000 pages of witness testimony and on June 28, 2012 declared Sheen “Venerable,” putting him just one step away from “Blessed.” Three alleged miracles have been sent to Rome, including one involving my stillborn son James Fulton, with the hopes that one will be declared a true miracle, bringing about Sheen’s beatification.
Occasionally people wonder, “Why Sheen?” Why did my husband and I name our boy after him and why do we consider him worthy of being a saint? My answer: Here are five reasons why Venerable Sheen should be canonized and why our culture needs his example and his intercession.
You can read the rest of the article, Venerable Fulton Sheen: A Model for the New Evangelization, at Human Life International's Truth & Charity Forum.