Events that happened Today in Church History |
Today is the 73rd anniversary of the martyrdom of the loyal Mexican priest Blessed Miguel Agustin Pro. Forced to leave his beloved Mexico in 1914 at the height of the persecution of the clergy, he returned in 1926 undercover in order to fulfill the ecclesial and sacramental needs of his people. Totally selfless, he slipped in and out of homes under disguise so he could administer the sacraments and celebrate Holy Mass for his people, so hungry for their faith. Jealousy intercepted Blessed Miguel's mission and he was arrested on false, trumped-up charges. Quickly condemned by a corrupt regime, he was marched in front of a Federale firing range. Offered a blindfold, he refused and bravely prayed "Viva Christo Rey" - "Long live Christ" before gunshots ended his life on earth and triggered his entrance into eternal life. For more on Blessed Miguel, we recommend
Blessed Miguel Pro - one of the Top 100 Catholics of the Century
For time capsule events that happened Today n Church history, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
Promises of materials turns into imprisonment of self
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".
"Communism swept one-third of the world into the grasp of the Iron Bear simple because it promised pie in the sky after hatred had overthrown the existing order. The great fallacy of all revolutionary movements is that the value of great lives is nullified, either through persecution or character assassination, in the interests of fallacious promises and illusory hopes. Our world is slow to learn that those who turn out the lights of Heaven, bay that very act turn out the lights earth. Influences are born of moral stamina but promises, like spider webs, are woven from the bellies of materialism."