Know Thyself & Serve

Today’s Word:

O Lord, you have searched me and You know me.
(Psalm 139:1)


On This Date…

Augustine's Confessions

Augustine’s Confessions

On August 28, 430, Saint Augustine died in North Africa at age 75. Norbertines live according to the Rule of Augustine, a guide to religious life that Augustine wrote around the year 400.

In his Confessions, published in 397, Augustine writes:

Our hearts are restless, Lord, and they will never rest until they rest in You.

On August 28, 1784, Father Junípero Serra died in Carmel, California at age 69.

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At age 17, he joined the Franciscan Order. As a friar, Junípero founded nine missions between San Diego and San Francisco – a distance of 514 miles.

In 1931, a statue of Father Serra (left), sculpted by Ettore Cadorin, was placed in Statuary Hall in Washington, D.C.

On August 28, 1963, fifty years ago today, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to a multi-racial audience in Washington, D.C. Many wept openly as Dr. King spoke of a time when the evils of prejudice and segregation would vanish.

The works of Saint Augustine, Father Serra, and Dr. King remind us that we are each called to serve one another, and in turn, serve God. These three individuals inspire us all to say today’s Mass psalm, “O Lord, you have searched me and You know me.”

– Father McLaughlin

Love Is Our Greatest Gift

Today’s Word:

It is how much love we put in the doing that makes our offering something beautiful for God.
– Mother Teresa of Calcutta


On This Date…

On August 27, 387, Saint Monica died in Ostia, the seaport of Rome. After battling an illness for nine days, she died at age 65.

Monica & Augustine

Monica & Augustine

Monica had two sons and a daughter. She had prayed for the conversion of her oldest son, Saint Augustine, since he was 16 years old. Augustine was baptized at age 32 on April 24, 387, along with his own 16-year-old son Adeodatus. Saint Monica, who was present, became overjoyed at their baptisms.

Both Augustine and Adeodatus were with Monica when she died, and both were “overwhelmed with grief.”

Saint Monica’s last words were, “Nothing is far from God.”

Saint Monica not only prayed for Augustine’s conversion, but she also supported him during his 16-year journey toward God. She never faltered in her faith nor in her love for her son.

On August 27, 1910, Mother Teresa of Calcutta, India was born in Yugoslavia. At age 18, she entered the convent in Ireland, joining the Sisters of Loreto.

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That same year, she traveled as a missionary to India. She taught high school geography, and later became principal of a girls’ academy, Saint Mary’s. In 1948, Mother Teresa received permission to leave teaching, and she devoted her life to serving the poor in the slums of Calcutta. She served in India until her death in 1997.

Mother Teresa once said, “It is how much love we put in the doing that makes our offering something beautiful for God.”

Let us keep in mind the powerful words of Saint Monica and Mother Teresa as we embark upon a new school year here at Archmere.

– Father McLaughlin

Just Do It

Today’s Word:

Here I am, Lord; I come to do Your will. (Psalm 40:9)


On This Date…

On August 22, 1932, the first meeting of the Archmere Corporation occurred in the DuPont Building in Wilmington. Abbot Bernard Pennings, O.Praem., Father Michael McKeough, O.Praem., and Father Daniel Hurley, O.Praem., were named Members of the Corporation.

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Hotel du Pont & DuPont Building, April 1932.
Hagley Archives.

Later that day, Father McKeough wrote to Abbot Pennings in Wisconsin, “We are feeling fine and are working hard to get the new school ready.”

As of August 22, 2013, there are three Members of the Archmere Corporation: Abbot Richard Antonucci, O.Praem. (Archmere teacher from 1973-75), Father Steven Albero, O.Praem. (Archmere teacher from 1992-95), and Mr. Michael Boyd ’59. Mr Body is a former Trustee (1993-96), and he is also the father of two graduates, Jennifer ’85 and Timothy ’93.

At Mass today we pray, “Here I am Lord; I come to do Your will.” Today we think of all the members of the Archmere Corporation who, over the past 81 years, have helped Archmere to discern God’s will and do it.

– Father McLaughlin