Events that happened Today in Church History |
On this date 79 years ago Pope Benedict XV, whose pontificate spanned World War I and the Russian Revolution, reached out with love and compassion to the people of Russia who were being suppressed by the iron fist of Nicolai Lenin after the Kronstadt rising was crushed and Lenin clamped down on state control of the economy. Just like the dire situations in Indonesia, Africa and the Philippines today, back in 1921 the 258th successor of Peter generously donated one million lira to feed the starving people of Russia, especially in the Ukraine as the iron curtain began to take shape, the smothering hammer and sickle cutting a wide swath throughout this land being carved into the Soviet Union. Through prayers, the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary and persistence of Pope John Paul II the iron curtain, rusting from within, crumbled and, just as in 1921, the poor Russian people are still starving.
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Without kindness to others, our well of graces dries up
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".
Wells are made sweeter for the drawing. Those from which no one draws water for beast and fellow human being become polluted. Riches too become more peaceful when used as fuel for charity. The poor cannot reward us for hospitality; therefore God will have to do so. It was these He asked us to invite to our dinners, and it is interesting to note that He always called them, not meals but 'banquets.'"