Events that happened Today in Church History |
Today is the 570th anniversary of the birth of Rodrigo de Borgia in Jativa, Spain. He would go on to become probably the most notorious and immoral Pope in the history of the Church when he was elected to the Papal throne on August 26, 1492 at the age of 61 as Pope Alexander VI, the last of the Borgia Popes. He was the nephew of Cardinal Alfonso de Borgia, bishop of Valencia who would go on to become Pope Calixtus III four regimes ahead of him. Though he is remembered as celebrating the 8th Jubilee in 1500 and, by the mark on the map, defined the destiny of the New World, he is most remembered for egging on the Protestant Reformation just over a decade later. He died at the age of 72 on August 18, 1503 and the mess and scandal he left in his path crippled the Church for decades afterwards. But God allowed it for good so that the Counter Reformation could refortify His Holy Church. For other events that happened today in Church History, see CATHOLIC CAPSULES IN HISTORY
Passion is definitely a conscious affair
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".
"Passion is not a reflex like the watering of a dog's mouth in the presence of food. It is true that there are many similarities between passion in animals and passion in man, but it must never be forgotten that in man, passion cannot operate unless something is known. The eye has a reflex action when someone is about to thrust his finger into it, but passion is a conscious affair; it is something that happens to a creature endowed with reason and free will."