Events that happened Today in Church History |
Today is the 720th anniversary of the death of the 188th successor of Peter Pope Nicholas III in 1280. This Roman born Pontiff's reign lasted only three years, yet he was the first in the line of Peter to actually reside at the Vatican permanently. It was Nicholas who designed and began planting the beautiful Vatican gardens that over the years have become so famous, and yet out of view of most pilgrims, planted behind the massive St. Peter's Basilica. He is also remembered for sending missionaries to the northeast to convert the Tartar kings. For other time capsule events that happened Today in Church history, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
To hate is to imprison self!
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".
"One of the tragedies of our time is that freedom is interpreted in terms of freedom from something instead of in terms of love. The man who loves everybody is a free man; the man who hates is the man who has already enslaved himself. The man who hates is dependent on that which he cannot love - and therefore is not free. To hate one's next door neighbor is a restriction of freedom. It demands walking around the block so one will not see him, or waiting until he leaves the house before leaving oneself."