Events that happened Today in Church History |
Today is the 451st anniversary of the death of Pope Paul III. It was this 220th successor of Peter who called the landmark Council of Trent, also known as the 19th Ecumenical Council. In addition, to combat the counterculture against Catholicism in the aftermath of the Reformation, he gave official approval to the Company of the Society of Jesus founded by Saint Ignatius Loyola. The Jesuits would come to play an important role in the counter-reformation measures decreed at Trent. Paul III also was a great patron of the arts and culture and rewarded the great master Michelangelo with the recognition as the permanent and foremost architect of St. Peter's Basilica as long as it stood. Elected on November 3, 1534 in the ashes of cinders created by the mass exodus of many rebellious Catholics, he began the road to recovery during his fifteen year reign which lasted one week past 15 years. For other time capsule events that happened Today in Church history, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
Early fallacies can confuse later realities
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".
"Many parents today are encouraging their children to believe that they are the 'smartest kids in schools'; that nothing they do is wrong; that if they had the opportunity to be on television like some of those other 'lucky kids,' they would be a thousand times better. The result is that when they grow up they are full of false fantasies about their presumed superiority. If they do not succeed in business, later on, it is because someone was 'prejudiced' or 'jealous' of them; if they become painters and anyone criticizes their work, they go into a rage; their best friends are those who tolerate them, while they have nothing but disdain for those who do not flatter and praise them. Their fantasy is taken for reality; the false for the true."