Events that happened Today in Church History |
Today is the anniversary one year ago when His Holiness John Paul II officially signaled the beginning of this glorious and historic Jubilee Year 2000 by kneeling before the massive doors between the apse to the right of the main entrance into St. Peter's Basilica. Praying there, he asked that all would cross into the Third Millennium with him in opening wide the Doors to Christ. The doors swung open, he rose and became the first to cross over the threshhold, a procedure followed by millions of pilgrims during this important Jubilee Year that will end on the Feast of the Epiphany in 2001.
To read more of what happened today in Church History, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
Crosses can be great blessings if we allow them to be
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 the trials imposed upon us by others, such as their injustices, their harsh words, their knife-in-the-back attitudes, and their peevishness, that gall us; yet these are counted as the daily crosses of the man who would be truly religious. Much of the weariness of the spiritual life is due to the constant necessity of bearing the shortcomings of others, along with the never-ending strife against our own base inclinations. Then begins the task of accepting such people as a cross, and through our patience and forgiveness, putting love where we do not find it."