The Mystical Body of Christ captures the theological precision and communicative genius of Fulton J. Sheen (1895–1979), whose radio and television broadcasts, including Life Is Worth Living, have reached millions of homes since the 1950s. With more than thirty of his works still in print, Sheen is one of the most beloved Catholic evangelists of all time.
This full-length and fully developed work on the Church as an extension of the Incarnation reveals Sheen’s accessible and theologically astute teaching style in the early years of his ministry. First published in 1935, the book’s themes of the Eucharist as a source of unity for the Mystical Body of Christ—the Church—and the link between the liturgy and works of social justice were echoed in the Second Vatican Council several decades later.
Trim size: 5.5 x 8.5 inches
Imprint: Christian Classics
“A serious and significant contribution to the mystical body theology of the twentieth century.”
“Fulton Sheen’s The Mystical Body of Christ remains a serious and significant contribution to the mystical body theology of the twentieth century. And it provides an intriguing glimpse into the subtle and theologically acute mind of the greatest Catholic evangelist of the twentieth century.”
From the foreword by Most. Rev. Robert Barron
Auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles
Founder of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries
“In a world bent on separating Jesus from his Church, Christ from his Body, Sheen's masterful book bridges that divide, inviting people to cross it.”
From the introduction by Brandon Vogt
Author of Saints and Social Justice
“An extraordinary read.”
“With his characteristic clarity, Fulton Sheen offers descriptions and definitions for the Church that did, in time, become part of the discussions and documents of the Second Vatican Council. Written two decades before he would lead the Church’s missionary efforts in the United States, The Mystical Body of Christ reveals his missionary heart, as he speaks of the growth of the Church, so ordered by Christ. An extraordinary read, from a priest whom St. John Paul II proclaimed ‘a loyal son of the Church.’”
Rev. Andrew Small, O.M.I.
Pontifical Mission Societies in the United States
“Ever current and, as with all his writing, engaging for the reader.”
“Completed a decade before Pope Pius XII’s Mystici Corporis Christi, this classic by Archbishop Fulton Sheen leads the reader into the exciting mystery that is the Church. Foreshadowing the Second Vatican Council, Archbishop Sheen’s work is ever current and, as with all his writing, engaging for the reader.”
Most Rev. Joseph Kurtz
Achbishop of Louisville
“An extraordinary gift of theological synthesis.”
“Sheen combines his eloquence as a writer with insights drawn from Scripture, the Church Fathers, Thomas Aquinas, and the mystics. He manifests an extraordinary gift of theological synthesis by showing how the Church, as the Mystical Body of Christ, illuminates Catholic doctrines on the Holy Spirit, infallibility, the Blessed Mother, the sacraments, the Eucharistic sacrifice, reparation, and the communion of saints.”
Professor of Systematic Theology
Sacred Heart Major Seminary