September 11, 813: Charlemagne crowns Louis I “The Pious,” his only surviving son, as coregent of the Holy Roman Empire. Louis’s 26-year reign, though marked by civil war, was the longest of any medieval emperor until Henry IV (1056-1106). Deeply religious, Louis cleared the imperial court of pagan imagery collected by his father, sent his unmarried sisters to nunneries (partly to keep them away from scheming brothers-in-law), and performed public penance before Pope Paschal I for causing the death of his rebellious son Bernard, king of Italy.
September 11, 1226: The Roman Catholic practice of public adoration of the Blessed Sacrament outside of Mass spreads from monasteries to parishes.
September 11, 2001: In the early morning, 19 militants from the terrorist group, Al Qaeda, hijack 4 planes, aiming to crash them into major American landmarks. Two planes were crashed into the two towers of the World Trade Center. One plane was crashed into the Pentagon building. A fourth plane, thought to be bound towards Washington DC, crashed in a field in Pennsylvania after passengers, including Todd Beamer, a Christian father and graduate of Wheaton College, tried to fight back against the hijackers. Beamers words, “Are you guys ready? Let’s Roll,” heard over an open phone line, became a rallying cry for many in the wake of the tragedy. The attacks claimed the lives of about 3,000 people.
June 25, 1115: St. Bernard founds a monastery at Clairvaux, France, that would soon become the center of the Cistercian religious order. The order had been established 17 years earlier to restore Benedictine monasticism to a more primitive and austere state, but it is Bernard who is most closely associated with it. He founded 70 Cistercian monasteries, which in turn founded another 100 in his lifetime (see issue 24: Bernard of Clairvaux).
June 25, 1530: Lutherans present their summary of faith, known ...