Events that happened Today in Church History |
Today is the 759th anniversary of the death of the178th successor of Peter Pope Gregory IX. Born in Anagni, Italy, his pontificate lasted over 14 years. It was Gregory who instituted the Holy Inquisition, a noble effort with pure ideals that would be greatly misinterpreted and abused by political powers using the Church in future centuries. He is renowned for being the Pope who canonized two beloved Franciscans and a Dominican, better known as Saint Francis of Assisi, Saint Anthony of Padua and Saint Dominic. In the aftermath of his having to excommunicate Frederick II for his failure to lead the crusades, he himself led the Sixth Crusade. For other time capsule events that happened Today in Church history, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
If you have to ask why, you can't afford 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".
"In real love there is pity and need. Pity in the sense that one feels the need of expansion and of giving to the point of exhaustion; need, because of a void that one would see filled. True love receives without ever interpreting what is given. It never seeks another motive than that of love itself. He who asks "why" something is given does not trust."