Events that happened Today in Church History |
Today is the 1,695th anniversary of the death of the holy martyr Saint Januarius. Today also, in Naples, Italy his blood, ever since the 13th century, miraculously liquifies four times a year. Today on his feast day, on the octave of his feast day a week later, on December 16th, and on the First Saturday of May every year this wondrous event takes place with the Bishop of the See, presently Cardinal Michele Giordano, Archbishop of Naples carrying the holy vial containing St. Januarius' liquified blood in procession. For more on this, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
Whatever you do, you do it to Christ!
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".
On the Last Day, Our Blessed Lord said that He will judge us by our attitude to hospitality: 'When did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison and not care for You?' (Matthew 25: 44). Hospitality, therefore, not only has the duties of which we are aware, but also the more terrible awareness that it is Christ Who is the Stranger. In all our dealings, we are dealing with the Lord Himself, though we know it not. Maybe if we could see our wars aright, in between two trenches of the enemies, or between a plane in the sky and the target beneath, there is Christ's Body being shot full of holes. What men do to one another, they do to Him, whether the act be of kindness or bitterness.