Events that happened Today in Church History |
Today is the 1,173rd anniversary of the death in 827 of Pope Eugene II, the 99th successor of Peter who was elected on May 11th, 824. His three year pontificate was marked by his formation of a supreme council for implementing the canons and ecclesiastical law that was, in effect, the beginning of the Roman Curia. Pope Eugene is also attributed with being the one who established the seminary system that fed countless priests to carry out and further the Faith over the centuries. Sadly, over the past thirty years vocations have dropped as seminaries closed in clusters. But recently there has been a resurgence and the future is looking brighter, especially in third world countries yet to be spoiled by temporal modern trappings. For other time capsule events that happened Today in Church history, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
Nothing happens by accident
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".
"What one sets out to find, one generally finds. Those who are critical by nature, almost always find faults in others. If we start with the assumption that most people are dishonest, are we not constantly bumping up against crooks? On the contrary, if we believe people to be kind and good-hearted, these are about the only kind of souls we ever meet. They who are afraid of accidents most generally have them; their first principle of always looking for the worst makes the worst appear. Sometimes it is possible to tell a person to hide something in a room, and later discover the hiding place by taking hold of his hand and following its instinctive motions."