Throughout his life, Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen was renowned as a theologian and philosopher, but was most iconic for being a rarity in the realm of Catholic preaching. As a host on nighttime radio and later two television programs, “the golden-voiced Msgr. Fulton J. Sheen, U.S. Catholicism’s famed proselytizer,” had weekly audiences of up to 30 million.
“Love of self without love of God is selfishness; love of neighbor without love of God embraces only those who are pleasing to us, not those who are hateful.”
Life Is Worth Living, his first television program, ran for 5 years starting in 1952 and featured Venerable Sheen speaking to the camera and discussing moral issues of the day.
One of his most celebrated sermons, “The Cure for Selfishness,” was given on the show in 1956 and prophetically addresses the various maladies humanity faces in an increasingly secularized Western “ideal” that promotes worldly pleasures and selfishness, eschewing the spiritual for the material.
Watch Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen’s full sermon on “The Cure for Selfishness” below: