Events that happened Today in Church History |
Today is the 103rd anniversary of the birth of Giovanni Montini in Brescia, Italy. This northern Italian would become, at the age of 66, the 262nd successor of Peter and take the name Pope Paul VI on June 21, 1963. The pontificate of this 262nd successor of Peter would last fifteen years during which he would reopen the Second Vatican Council on September 29, 1963 and convene it on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception in 1965. He was a calm, quiet and reverent man who held true to the traditions and teachings of the Church despite the rash of abuses that followed Vatican II when dissidents decided to do their own thing in spite of what the Council Fathers had decreed. He will forever be known for his rigid, but necessary encyclical Humanae Vitae on birth control which was strongly rejected by modern Catholics intent on picking and choosing what they wanted to obey. His cause is close to completion for beatification. For other time capsule events that happened Today in Church history, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
God demands full restitution from all
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".
We once received a plain, brown envelope in which there was stuffed $4,600 in bills, and to which was attached an anonymous note to the effect that the sender was making reparation for his dishonesty to an insurance company, the name and address of which was given. We sent the money to the insurance company and told them of the unjust claim that had been made against them, but the name of the one who had made the restitution remained unknown. Regardless of how much one may have taken, and regardless of how secretly it may have been done, and regardless of how one may have justified it in his own false conscience, the Divine words still stand: 'Believe Me, you will not be released until you have paid the last penny.'"