Events that happened Today in Church History |
Today is the 730th anniversary of the launch of the Eighth and Final Crusade. It had been planned by Pope Clement IV who reigned from February 15, 1265 until November 29, 1268. After his death there was vast disagreements among members of the Conclave at Viterbo where Clement had died and therefore there was a three year vacancy of the Papacy. Nevertheless, those in charge of the Crusade went forward with the planned launch on this date. The Crusade, like many others proved a failure and after the election of Blessed Pope Gregory X on March 27, 1272 fervor for the crusades waned greatly and they were discontinued after the 14th Ecumenical Council which Gregory convened in Lyons in 1274. For other events that happened today in Church History, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
Pride is the child of ignorance
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 hatred of a person often decreases as we learn to know him better. A boy graduating from high school is generally not as humble as when he graduates from medical school. At eighteen he thought he knew it all; at twenty-eight he feels himself ignorant in the face of the medical science he has yet to acquire. So it is with God. Because we do not pray or contemplate or love Him, we become vain and proud; but when we know Him better we feel a deep sense of dependce which tempers our false independence. Pride is the child of ignorance, humility the offspring of knowledge."