Events that happened Today in Church History |
Today is the 508th anniversary of the election of Pope Alexander VI, possibly the most notorious and corrupt man of high office ever to sit on the throne of Peter. This Borgia Pope bribed his way into the office and once in place, despite constant reprimands by noble cardinals, continued his woeful ways. Though he is considered the Pope who decided the destiny of the new world, it really was by accident and he should not receive much credit at all. In fact, more blame should be attributed to him for he opened wide the great carbuncle that became the Protestant Reformation. In essence, the Church was a mess during this time and it is little wonder she didn't lose more considering the feebleness and immoral man that sat on the Chair of Peter when he wasn't cavorting with the ladies. His less than illustrious pontificate lasted eleven long and miserable years in Church history. For other time capsule events that happened Today in Church history, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
Little things add up to great graces!
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but the words of Bishop Fulton J. Sheen have been known to launch a thousand images in one's mind, one of the ways this late luminary did so much to evangelize the faith. Because of the urgency of the times and because few there are today who possess the wisdom, simplicity and insight than the late Archbishop who touched millions, we are bringing you daily gems from his writings. The good bishop makes it so simple that we have dubbed this daily series: "SIMPLY SHEEN".
"Our lives for the most part are made up of little things, and by these our character is to be
tested. There are very few who have to take a prominent place in the great conflicts of our age;
the vast majority must dwell in humbler scenes and be content to do a more humble work. The
conflicts which we have to endure either against evil in our own soul or in the moral circle where
our influence would seem to be trivial are in reality the struggle of the battle for life and decency;
and true heroism is shown here as well as in those grander scales in which others win the leader's
fame or the martyr's crown. Little duties carefully discharged; little temptations earnestly resisted
with the strength which God supplies; little sins crucified; these all together help to form that
character which is to be described not as popular or glamorous, but as moral and noble. "