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 Fulton J. Sheen, U.S. Catholicism’s famed proselytizer,” had weekly audiences of up to 30 million.
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 celebrated sermons given on the show, “Three Drunks Worth Knowing,” prophetically addresses the increasing rates of alcohol abuse faces in an increasingly secularized Western “ideal” that eschews the spiritual for the physical.
In his sermon, he gives an analysis of the will in the context of addiction and discusses advice for those in that situation. Sheen tells the story of three drunkards, including Venerable Matt Talbot, the patron of alcoholism.
You can watch Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen’s full sermon on Three Drunks Worth Knowing below: