Events that happened Today in Church History |
Today is the 379th commemoration of the death of Saint Robert Bellarmine, the Jesuit Archbishop of Capua and Doctor of the Church. He received the latter honor from Pope Pius XI in 1931 a year after he had canonized St. Robert. Born six years after the Society of Jesus was founded, he went on to become an esteemed theological professor and served as provincial for the Order as well as the Theologian of the Holy See when Pope Clement VIII enlisted this wise and holy man to settle the disputes between his own Jesuits and the Dominicans over the issue of predestination. The fact the Dominicans trusted this Jesuit cardinal during those suspicious times speaks volumes for him. Speaking of volumes, St. Robert upheld the doctrines and traditions with his tome Controversies which came under heavy criticism from those Protestant sympathizers who sought to undermine the Church from within, even going so far as to place his on the Index, but three Sovereign Pontiffs Pope Sixtus V, Pope Paul V and Pope Clement VIII came to his aid for they knew the heart and mind of this untouchable saint. For other time capsule events that happened Today in Church history, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
How many today know their neighbor?
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".
"Granted the changing ways, the necessity of the virtue of hospitality still remains. Nor is it satisfied by indentifying hospitality with the offer of a highball. The essence of hospitality is sympathy and kindness; it is selfishness which makes us think that the opportunities for hospitality are past.
I thought the house across the way
Was empty; but since yesterday
Crepe on the door makes me aware
That someone has been living there."