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The Priest is Not His Own - Fulton J. Sheen

The Priest is Not His Own

Paperback Published: 1st October 2004
ISBN: 9781586170448
Number Of Pages: 285

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The beloved Archbishop Sheen, whose cause for canonization is open in Rome, presents a profound and deeply spiritual look at the meaning of the priesthood and relationship of the priest with Christ as an "alter Christus".

Sheen delves deeply into what he considers the main character of the priesthood, and one not often discussed, that of being, like Christ, a "holy victim". To be like Christ, Sheen emphasizes that the priest must imitate Christ in His example of sacrifice, offering himself as a victim to make His Incarnation continually present in the world.

"Unlike anyone else, Our Lord came on earth, not to live, but to die. Death for our redemption was the goal of His sojourn here, the gold that he was seeking. He was, therefore, not primarily a teacher, but a Savior. Was not Christ the Priest a Victim? He never offered anything except Himself. So we have a mutilated concept of our priesthood, if we envisage it apart from making ourselves victims in the prolongation of His Incarnation."
-Bishop Fulton Sheen

St. Thomas Aquinasp. xiii
Introductionp. xxi
Is the proposition "God is" self-evident?p. 3
Do almost all human beings have some kind of natural knowledge of God?p. 4
Does God exist?p. 4
Are essence and esse the same in God?p. 6
When we demonstrate that God is, do we at the same time know the esse of God?p. 8
Is God in all things?p. 8
Do all perfections of finite beings pre-exist in God in the highest degree?p. 9
Does God certainly know free will acts before they happen in time?p. 10
Does evil that arises in the world contradict divine providence?p. 10
Is a morally evil action caused by the First Cause?p. 11
In this life do we know God in the mirror of creatures?p. 11
How does God manifest His Wisdom to us?p. 11
Is the human body naturally united to the human soul?p. 12
Is the human soul joined to the body by an intermediate body?p. 12
When a human person dies, does the human soul continue to exist?p. 13
How do the powers of the soul flow from the soul?p. 13
Does the human soul contain an intelligible light?p. 14
Why does the human intellect know all sensible things?p. 14
Do we need the light of the agent intellect in order to understand beings?p. 15
Is the image of God in every part of a human person?p. 15
Do creatures need to be sustained in existence by God?p. 16
Are all creatures continually kept in existence by God?p. 16
Is the action by which God causes things to exist the same as the action by which a carpenter constructs a box?p. 17
Does God cause all the activities of creatures?p. 17
Does God govern all creatures by freely moving them to act towards their goals?p. 18
How do God and creatures act as efficient causes?p. 18
Do beings not equipped with knowledge tend towards an end?p. 19
Is the human will, if it wills a good, free to choose or not choose that good?p. 19
Does a human person need to be always thinking about the last end in order to do all things on account of the last end?p. 20
Does an interior will act continually influence the exterior execution of the act even when the agent during the outer performance ceases to think about the initial inner volition?p. 21
How does God plan that all creatures tend to the divine goodness?p. 21
Do we owe special honor to God?p. 22
Does divine goodness require that God through higher creatures rules lower creatures?p. 23
Does the body obey the soul's command in the same way as the visible world obeys God's command?p. 23
Is a human person's sorrow lessened by the sympathy of friends?p. 24
Are irrational creatures moved by God?p. 25
How does a teacher cause a student to acquire knowledge?p. 25
Does a human person seeking knowledge experience an internal conflict?p. 26
Is lack of cheerfulness in a human person morally evil?p. 27
Does the Old Law contain the New Law?p. 31
Does the divine law oblige us to love each other?p. 31
How do we in this life know the Divine Wisdom?p. 32
Is the name of Image proper to the Son?p. 32
Why do angels assume bodies?p. 33
Did God create the angels in sanctifying grace?p. 34
Does each human person have a guardian angel?p. 35
Does happiness require the companionship of friends?p. 35
Can we have charity without faith and hope?p. 36
Do we need divine help to attain our last end, to see the First Truth in Itself?p. 37
Since it is impossible to turn to God without grace, is it reasonable to hold anyone accountable for not turning to God?p. 38
Does God cause spiritual blindness and hardness of heart?p. 38
Does God cause the faith of an unbeliever and of a believer?p. 40
What four powers does sanctifying grace impart to the souls of believers receiving that grace?p. 41
Does one mortal sin remove charity from the human person committing the sin?p. 42
Since an all-powerful God protects us, can we relax our efforts to avoid sin?p. 43
Was Christ suitably born of a virgin?p. 43
Why do we worship God by internal acts and external acts?p. 44
Is Christ appropriately called Head of the Church?p. 45
Does Christ's merit reach all the members of the Church?p. 46
Does Christ's Passion cause the forgiveness of sins committed after His death?p. 47
How can Sacraments that act on the body cause grace in the soul which is spiritual?p. 47
Is the Passion of Christ a remedy for the weakness resulting from sin?p. 48
Why was it especially appropriate for Christ to institute the Eucharist at the Last Supper?p. 49
At the end of the world will Christ be the efficient cause of the resurrection of our bodies?p. 51
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ISBN: 9781586170448
ISBN-10: 1586170449
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 285
Published: 1st October 2004
Publisher: Ignatius Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.2 x 13.1  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.37
Edition Type: New edition