Events that happened Today in Church History |
Today is the 847th anniversary of the death of the great Doctor of the Church Saint Bernard of Clairaux, the holy abbot who aided so many Popes through crisis after crisis and fostered the seeds of many saints. With all he accomplished as the beloved "hammer of the heretics,: he is most remembered for composing the beautiful and inspiring Memorare prayer to Our Lady:
"Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection implored thy help or sought thy intercession was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother. To thee do I come, before thee do I stand sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy, hear and answer me. Amen." For other time capsule events that happened Today in Church history, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
When the giving stops, so does love!
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".
"True love feels that the need to give is more imperious than the need to receive. At the beginning of love there is a feeling that one can never give enough. Regardless of how precious the gift, it still seems to fall short of what one would offer. Price tags are torn off, because we want no proportion established between the gift and the need of giving. The tragedy of love when it begins to die, is that then people do not even give what they have. No longer is there a question of not being able to give enough; there is rather no giving at all."