Norman Vincent Peale: It Positively Is His Birthday


Today's birhday is Norman Vincent Peale's.
About whom Bishop Sheen once wrote how he feels:
St. Paul's appealing, but St. Peale
Is appalling a great deal.*


*"As a Catholic rooted in Thomistic scholasticism, Sheen rejected the Calvinist predestination of [Rev. Billy] Graham and the soothing nostrums of Peale....Sheen appealed to the medieval past to strike a balance between materialism and spirituality. The effect was a theology that was more redemptive than Graham's, but imbued with a stronger sense of sin than Peale's"  Robert Weir in a review of Christopher Owen Lynch's "Selling Catholicism: Bishop Sheen and the Power of Television"


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  • Very interesting subjects Aquinas, if I had to sum it up, I would say Peale dwelt in the 'flower', but the Bishop dwelt in the 'fruit'. Reminds me of my younger days of soul searching, reading 'Peale-esque' pop psychology that always tantalated but never fed.

    I'll have to read more about Bishop Sheen, at first glance, I see a character that seems to be sorely missed in our modern decadent, victim identification, gender obliteration and all things allowed society.

    “America, it is said, is suffering from intolerance. It is not. It is suffering from tolerance: tolerance of right and wrong, truth and error, virtue and evil, Christ and chaos.... The man who can make up his mind in an orderly way, as a man might make up his bed, is called a bigot: but a man who cannot make up his mind, any more than he can make up for lost time, is called tolerant and broad minded.” -Bishop Sheen

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