Events that happened Today in Church History |
How fitting that today, Mission Sunday, we celebrate the 22nd anniversary of the formal installation of Cardinal Karol Josef Wojtyla on October 22, 1978. He chose, in honor of his two predecessors and immediate predecessor Cardinal Albino Luciani, the name John Paul II as the 264th successor of Peter. Though he was elected on October 16, 1978, his formal elevation to the throne did not take place for six days after. A virtual unknown to most, he has become one of the most beloved Popes in the long illustrious history of the Roman Pontiffs and a strong advocate of missions worldwide. He is truly a great man who God has sent for these most difficult times for though the world does not agree with his strict sense of morality and virtues, they all respect him as the most trusted man of the 20th century and so far of the new millennium. He has canonized more saints than all the Popes combined, he has reached billions of people, saying Mass for millions who enthusiastically turn out wherever in the world he goes, bringing the Gospel of Christ to all regardless of race, creed or color. He is truly a Vicar of Christ...a servant of the servants of God. For a more chronological profile, see Part One: From Cradle to Conclave and Part Two: The Papal Years For other events that happened today in Church History, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
Virtue is the key to Truth
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".
"A mirror is silent, yet it reflects forests, sunsets, flowers and faces. Great ascetic souls, given to years of meditation, have taken on a radiance and a beauty which are beyond the outlines of face. They seem to reflect, like the mirror on the outside, the Christ they bear within."