Events that happened Today in Church History |
Today is the 239th anniversary of the birth of Francisco Castiglioni in the village of Cingoli in Italy. He would grow up to answer the call not only to the priesthood and the episcopacy, but be elevated to the highest office in the Church as the 253rd successor of Peter taking the name Pope Pius VIII on April 5, 1829. His pontificate would only last a year and a half for he would die on November 30 , 1830. Despite this short reign, Pius dealt adroitly with the Saracens in bringing about a favorable situation for the Armenians. He also was able to strengthen missionary activity in many continents. It was Pius who first established the postal service for the Vatican State. For other events that happened today in Church History, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
The treasures of self-sacrifice
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".
"The best influences in life are undeliberate, unconscious; when no one is watching, or when reaction to the good deed was never sought. Such is the long-range influence of a mother in a home; fulfilling of daily duties with love and a spirit of self-sacrifice leaves an imprint on the children that deepens with the years. St. Francis has done much to influence painting, though he was not an artist. Great artists have influenced millions to love beauty, though their intention was never to be so remembered."