Events that happened Today in Church History |
Today is the 883rd anniversary of the birth of Saint Thomas Becket, who would become Archbishop of Canterbury and would be forced to take England's King Henry II to task for his immoral lifestyle. He also criticized and opposed fellow bishops who compromised and catered to the monarch's whims and sins. This earned him the wrath of the king and his colleagues and, though he had appealed to Rome, Henry sought to silence him, sending four of his knights to kill him while saying Mass on December 29, 1170. Thus we had "Murder in the Cathedral." In 1173, Pope Alexander III canonized Thomas.
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Joy calls for a good humor
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".
"An aid to good humor is the spirit of joy. Joy is rejoicing in another's progress. This is one of the rarest virtues and the last to be won. Too often the progress of others is regarded as stolen from self. A man loses his good humor when he calls his wife 'dear' when they are out and an 'ox' when at home. The wife loses her joy when she would rather spend her time mending his ways than mending his socks. All have joy when they thank God that their friends have done good work, that they are loved by others, and that their virtues proclaim the joy of a good conscience."