Peace on Earth

Today’s Word:

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to those on whom God’s favor rests. (Luke 2:14)

Missa in Nocte: Introit, Norbertine Fathers of Saint Michael’s Abbey


On this Date…

Ruins of Chapel of Saint John the Baptist

Ruins of Chapel of Saint John the Baptist

On December 25, 1121, Saint Norbert together with about 40 companions professed religious vows in the little chapel of Saint John Baptist in Prémontré, France. And so was born the Norbertine Order.

Saint Norbert asked his companions to live by the Rule of Saint Augustine. According to the biography of Saint Norbert, “By the profession of this Rule, on Christmas Day, one by one they voluntarily enrolled themselves into that city of blessed eternity.”

At Mass today, we heard these words: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to those on whom God’s favor rests.” May God’s peace, which rested on Saint Norbert and those first Norbertines, also rest on us this Christmas Day.

– Father McLaughlin

Pope Francis Governs The Church With Wisdom

Today’s Word:

O Wisdom, you came forth from the mouth of the Most High and, reaching from beginning to end, you ordered all things mightily and sweetly. Come, and teach us the way of prudence. (Ecclesiasticus 24:3, Wisdom 8:1)

– O Sapienta antiphon


On This Date…

On December 17, 1936, Jorge Mario Bergoglio, S.J., was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina to Italian immigrant parents. He was the oldest of five children. He attended a vocational school and studied chemistry in college. After college, he entered the Jesuit Order and was ordained a priest on December 3, 1969. He was serving as archbishop of Buenos Aires when he was elected on March 13, 2013, as the 266th pope, taking the name “Francis” in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi (1182-1226).

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In this week’s Time Magazine, Nancy Gibbs wrote, “For committing the world’s largest church to confronting its deepest issues and for balancing judgement with mercy, Pope Francis is Time’s 2013 Person of the Year.” Pope Francis said, “We should appear as joyful messengers of challenging proposals, guardians of the goodness and beauty which shine forth in a life of fidelity to the Gospel.”

In the words of today’s antiphon, O Wisdom, Pope Francis governs the church with “strong and yet tender care.”

-Father McLaughlin

Roses of Our Lady

Today’s Word:

Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled. (Luke 1:45)


On This Date…

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On Tuesday, December 12, 1531, Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin, a peasant, was on his way to Mexico City to get a priest to hear the confession of his uncle who was very ill. The Blessed Mother appeared to Juan Diego and assured him that his uncle would recover. She told Juan Diego to go to the hilltop where he would find roses blooming in the frost. Juan Diego gathered the roses in his cloak and brought them to Our Lady, who sent him to the bishop as proof of Our Lady’s request for a church to built there. When Juan Diego opened his cloak to show the bishop the roses, the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe was imprinted on the cloak. That image now hangs above the main altar of the basilica.

Our Lady of Guadalupe is the patroness of the Americas. Of Our Lady, her cousin Elizabeth said in today’s Gospel, “Blessed are you who believed that was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.” Like Our Lady, Juan Diego believed, and so can we.

– Father McLaughlin