Events that happened Today in Church History |
Today is the 1,601st anniversary of the death of Pope Saint Siricus, the 38th successor of Peter. His pontificate lasted from December 15, 294 to this day in 399. Ever wonder where the term "Pope" came from? It was a Latin anigram coined by Pope Siricus. It stood for "Petri Apostoli Potestatem Accipiens" which, of course was "Papa" translated to "Pope" in English. This was the most important achievement of his fifteen year pontificate, being most remembered for Saint Siricus being the first to assume the title of "Pope" or "Papa" from the Greek "Father."
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They misunderstood the King in their midst
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".
"Jesus fed bread to the multitudes in the desert. Having fed the hungry masses, they 'sought to make Him king' (John 6: 15). It is ever in the human heart, when it loses its love of the spiritual, to worship those who promise full stomachs or economic power. They wished to make Jesus king in opposition to all the kings of the earth; instead of surrendering themselves to Him and His sublime doctrine about sin and redemption, they willed to have Him submit to them. They did not want to be drawn up to Him, but to draw Him down to them. However sincere and enthusiastic they were, they were, nevertheless, bent on pulling Divinity down to the level of the human."