133: The Miracle of Fulton Sheen—Bonnie Engstrom
Okay, this is a personal biggie. To get to talk to the mother of the baby boy, James Fulton Engstrom, who was stillborn on September 16, 2010, after a healthy pregnancy. The baby stayed dead for 61 minutes.
Let that sink in.
James’s parents, Bonnie and Travis, began praying—hoping very much against hope—for the intercession of Archbishop Fulton Sheen, who was born and raised near their hometown, to “do something!”
After 61 minutes, something totally unexpected and yet longed for happened. The baby’s heart quickened into a healthy rhythm, and a lovely pink flush replaced the ashen gray of his corpse. TOTALLY impossible, according to every medical expert who has examined the case, and yet it happened. But they weren’t out of the woods. Sweet Baby James, by all evidence, would never recover from the catastrophic loss of oxygen. Doctors predicted the worst.
The Engstroms leveraged social media and doubled down on the heavenly “ask.” People in many countries came to the assistance with prayers. And none of the medical disasters came to pass. James was, and is, normal.
This is an incredible story, and is set to be the bona fide miracle that will make “Uncle Fultie” become Blessed Fulton J. Sheen, one step away from canonization. Ah, cool!
In this episode you will learn
- Important biographical background on Venerable Sheen, his episcopacy, his media career, and his enduring impact.
- A moment-by-moment account of a parent’s worst nightmare—loss of a child—that was turned into a stunning experience of joy and wonder.
- Why the Church needs the example of a heroic bishop today.
- Why Catholics needs to reset their idea of God from a remote bank manager to a loving Father who has the power to heal.
- Reasons why faith is truly “the evidence of things unseen and the substance of things hoped for.”
Resources mentioned in this episode
- 61 Minutes to a Miracle: The True Story of a Family’s Devotion by Bonnie Engstrom (after September 2019)
- Bonnie Engstrom’s website
- Treasure in Clay, the autobiography of Fulton Sheen
- The Eternal Galilean by Fulton Sheen
- The Priest Is Not His Own by Fulton Sheen
- America’s Bishop: The Life and Times of Fulton J. Sheen by Thomas C. Reeves
- Bishop Sheen’s charming appearance on TV’s What’s My Line (1956)
Join the Conversation!
Food for Thought:
If he were alive today, would Bishop Sheen have a Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram feed?
If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons below and subscribe to the podcast. Would love to hear your comments.
Connect with me on social media:
Tweet to Patrick HERE
Follow Patrick on Facebook HERE
Subscribe to the Podcast and the YouTube Channel
(Click on the images and then click on the Subscribe icon)
Subscribe to the YouTube Channel:
While you are there, please leave an honest review.