Events that happened Today in Church History |
Today is the 1,726th anniversary of the election of Pope Saint Eutychian as the 27th in the line of the Apostle Peter. His pontificate lasted 8 years, ending in martyrdom on December 7, 283. It was St. Eutychian who decreed that a cloak known as the Dalmatic and similar to what the Roman Emperors wore, be placed over the remains of each martyr. This vestment is today worn by deacons at solemn religious ceremonies. This Pope also began the tradition of blessing the crops for all agricultural areas in Rome and elsewhere.
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How clear is a 'clear conscience' when the end does not justify the means?
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".
"Some make the justification for their actions, 'My conscience is clear.' What conscience is not clear if it makes its own standards? What note on a piano is wrong if the musician who strikes it declares it to be the right note? If a conscience decides that eighteen inches will be a yard, who shall prove him wrong? The atheistic Krushchev, with all the crimes of the Ukraine on his back, said, 'God knows I do right.'"