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In the fourth commandment of God which is: "Honor thy father and thy mother," is the link between the first three, which relate to our duties to God, and the last six, which relate to our duties as neighbors. From this commandment follows this truth: Parents who honor God always find it easy to train the children to honor them, the parents; children who honor parents always find it easy to honor the Heavenly Father. ~Fulton Sheen
Children and Parents shines light on the greatest moral crisis of our times: the breakdown of the family. With his characteristic humor, candor and zeal for the faith, Archbishop Sheen diagnoses the problem in our culture and how they manifest in families and in relationships with young people, and provides practical insight for navigating the seemingly overwhelming task of raising and developing morally and spiritually mature youth. Writing ahead of his time, he offers advice to the modern family on topics such from discipline and obedience to chastity, sex and love, with a special emphasis on teenagers and their quest for identity. Sheen masterfully reveals the challenging reality parents face in raising children and encourages them to learn from Christ and to be "shepherds who lead their sheep...showing them the way."
Fulton J. Sheen (1895-1979), was born in El Paso, Illinois. He attended St.Viator's College in Illinois, St. Paul's Seminary in Minnesota, and after ordination, he pursued post-graduate studies at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. He also attended the University of Louvain in Belgium, the Sorbonne in Paris and the Angelicum in Rome. Following his graduate studies, he taught in England and later at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. He was one of the best-loved prelates of twentieth century Catholicism. A prolific writer and orator, a distinguished scholar and teacher, an influential master of media, Bishop Sheen was one of the most effective communicators of our time. His scores of books have offered inspiration, profound thought, and penetrating analyses of Christian faith and life. His sermons on the radio program "The Catholic Hour," brought him into national prominence. In 1952, he launched his first television program "Life is Worth Living," which attracted an audience estimated in the millions throughout the world. As National Director of the World Mission Society for the Propagation of the Faith, he wrote and edited two nationally circulated magazines of the Society, Mission and Worldmission. Bishop Sheen is the author of more than fifty books and a nationally syndicated newspaper column.