Events that happened Today in Church History |
On this date 1,559 years ago in 440 A.D., Pope Saint Leo the Great was elected the 45th successor of Peter. While his 21-year pontificate is remembered for his defining the Dogma of the Incarnation and convening two ecumenical councils. what most associate Pope Leo I with is that he saved Rome from Attila the Hun through the grace and miracle of the Holy Spirit. He was the first of thirteen Pontiffs to take the name Leo, the last being Pope Leo XIII who composed the Prayer to Saint Michael whose feast day we celebrate today. For other time capsule events that happened Today in Church history, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
Mental parchments patch us to our past
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".
Lord Bacon and Coleridge both held that nothing that is impressed on the memory ever leaves it. This is evident in persons who in old age are brought before the scenes of their childhood, and immediately names, places and incidents come out from their storehouse of memory and the past is lived again. As old palimpsests bear the original writing under dust or new messages, so the memory retains all that we have seen and heard, said and done. Today is but the product of all our yesterdays, and our present is but the harvest of the past. The fragments of our memory are very much like islands for the moment unconnected. But it may be that they are continuous, as the solid earth itself is continuous if one did but drain off the water from the seas.