Events that happened Today in Church History |
On this date in 1560 Scotland was lost to the Church when the Catholic monarch Queen Mary, better known as "Queen of Scots", was forced to abdicate her thrown. From this moment on the Church of Scotland ruled and all allegiance to Rome ceased except for the underground Roman Catholic Church which suffered much persecution in the aftermath of the bloodbath of Catholics in the Reformation. Catholics on the mainland of Europe retaliated in France and Spain and the schism and resentment widened over the centuries with countless Christians on both sides of the issue persecuting and killing in the name of God. For other time capsule events that happened Today in Church history, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
The swords of contradiction!
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".
"The first sword, which nations hold, creates wars against others; the second sword, the spiritual sword is a sign of war against ourselves. The less men wage war against the evil in their own breasts, the more they will wage war against their neighbors and nations. The more they battle against their own sins, the less need there is to do battle with the enemy without. The less we shed our own blood figuratively, the more we shed our neighbor's blood physically. Self-righteousness in persons and civil strife against neighbor go hand in hand."