Events that happened Today in Church History |
Today is the 478th anniversary of the election of the last non-Italian Pope until Pope John Paul II was elevated to the papal throne on October 18, 1978. That man was Cardinal Hadrian Florensz Dedal, Bishop of Utrecht who was elected without his knowledge on this date and kept his own name, becoming Pope Hadrian VI. the 218th in the line of Peter. Because Hadrian was more comfortable as a Dutch bishop and did not have a grasp on the universal Church, he struggled mightily in dealing with the Lutheran issue and the rest of the reformation that had boiled over during his predecessor Pope Leo X's pontificate. His papacy lasted only a year. For other time capsule events that happened Today in Church history, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
Honor will win out!
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".
"It is love that needs sampling today, mostly because love does so little advertising of its own. Being humble by nature, like the violet, it is served by few propagandists. Cities report births as well as deaths; why then should not publicists be as interested in those who love as well as those who betray? It is part of the perversity of human nature to give more space to an ancient or a modern Benedict Arnold who betrayed his country than to ten thousand patriots who died for it. But the solemn fact remains that faithfulness, honor, control of errant impulses and love keep the world at peace. It would be well for us, in these days when men look for evil and find it, to look for good and diffuse it - in particular among the millions of cases of disinterested love where others are served, with no hope of ever receiving even an empty hand in grateful clasp."