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Earthly Things Cannot Satisfy (1865)

Earthly things are empty and unsatisfying. We may have too much, but never enough of them; they oft breed loathing, but...



Under ecclesiastical legislation issued by emperor Honorius, all buildings in which heretics assemble are confiscated and all meetings interdicted.

Authority for the date: Wace, Henry. A Dictionary of Christian Biography and Literature...


Pierre Viret is appointed a preacher to the City of Geneva where his sermons will be more popular than those of Calvin.

Authority for the date: Schaff, Philip. History of Christianity.


Nicholas Owen, Jesuit builder of priest holes (secret hiding places for priests), dies under torture in the Tower of London.

Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.


Death of Job Boretsky, an Orthodox metropolitan in the Ukraine, noted for his defence of the Orthodox faith, his poetry, writings, and translations.

Authority for the date: Wikipedia.


French archbishop Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet forces the locks on an abbey in order to compel the nuns, who have long had a measure of autonomy, to submit to him.

Authority for the date: Morris, Joan. The Lady was a Bishop.


Murder of Protestant missionary John Luther Stephens in Ahualulco, Mexico, by a mob stirred up by a local Catholic priest. Stephens had recently begun work at this “outpost” where he taught night schools and found many listeners for impromptu sermons and lessons.

Authority for the date: Missionary Herald Vol LXX No. 5 (May 1874) pp 137–1


At Australia’s Constitutional Convention, Patrick Glynn, a Roman Catholic member, asks for an amendment in the preamble to say the people of the colonies, “humbly relying upon the blessing of almighty God,” agree to unite into an indissoluable commonwealth. His proposal is accepted by the majority over the jeers of secularists.

Authority for the date: Ely, Richard. Unto God and Caesar. Melbourne University, 1976.


Chicago evangelist William Durham, visiting the Asuza Street Mission in Los Angeles, speaks in tongues. Pentecostal leader William J. Seymour predicts that wherever Durham speaks the Holy Spirit will fall on people.

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The Nazi trial of pastor Martin Niemoller, an outspoken critic of Hitler’s regime, ends. He will spend seven years in prisons and concentration camps.

Authority for the date: Colson, Charles. Kingdoms in Conflict. William Morrow, 1987.


Christians are physically assaulted by Muslims at the Egyptian city of Abu Qurqas and the towns of Beni Ebid and al-Berba. Five churches are severely damaged along with more than forty other properties belonging to Christians.

Authority for the date: Bistawros, Baheg T. Coptic Christians of Egypt Today Under Threat of Annihilation.

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