Events that happened Today in Church History |
Today is the 274th anniversary of the canonization of Saint Stanislaus Kostka the young Jesuit priest who was blessed with many mysticisms and ecstasies while celebrating the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. He was elevated by Pope Benedict XIII who declared him a lesser patron saint of Poland. He established St. Kostka's feast day as this day of his canonization throughout Europe. St. Stanislaus died on the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, fulfilling a life-long prayer that he would die on Our Lady's feast. Ever since he had been born in 1550, he had been chosen as a special disciple. He entered the Jesuit seminary in Vienna. There he fell ill and was badly treated by a Lutheran householder. Devoid of any Catholicism and the Sacraments, Our Lady appeared to him and brought an angel of the Lord with her with the Holy Eucharist. She cured him of his illness, enough for him to return to his studies where he grew close to Saint Peter Canisius and was nourished in theological studies. For other events that happened today in Church History, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
Fleeting self-praise is governed by fantasy
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".
"Our real good is that which we work most earnestly to preserve, and which saddens us most when we lose it. Hence the frequency with which we praise ourselves because of the money we made, or the oil wells we dug. As the sunflower turns toward the sun, the magnetic needle to the polestar, so the egotist turns to his fantasy. Such persons are really still infants, for the characteristic note of an infant is that it wants everything it sees and it cries when it does not get it."