“My Soul Longs For You”

Today’s Word:

As the deer longs for running waters, so my soul longs for you, O God. (Psalm 42:1)

 


On This Date…

Archbishop Oscar Romero.

Archbishop Oscar Romero.

On March 24, 1980, Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador was assassinated while celebrating Mass in a cancer hospital run by Carmelite nuns. Sixty-three years of age, he had been archbishop of San Salvador since February 22, 1977.

The day before his death he had issued this plea:

We are your people. The peasants you kill are your own brothers and sisters. In the name of God, in the name of our tormented people whose cries rise up to heaven, I beseech you, I beg you, I command you, ‘Stop the killing.'”

On March 24, 1985, Abbot Norbert Calmels, O.Praem. died of cancer in Paris at age 76. He was ordained a priest in 1934, elected Abbot of Frigolet Abbey in France is 1945, and elected Abbot General of the Norbertine Order on September 19, 1962 – just before the opening of Vatican Council II.

Abbot Calmels served as abbot general until 1982. He was abbot general when Daylesford Abbey became an independent Norbertine community (1963 and abbey (1971). During his last hour of life, strengthened by the Sacrament of Anointing, he had “a child-like look of wonder turned toward the invisible.”

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Both Archbishop Romero and Abbot Calmels encourage us to pray in the words of today’s psalm, “As the deer longs for running waters, so my soul longs for you, O God.”

– Father McLaughlin

The Feast of Saint Joseph: Protector of The Holy Family

Today’s Word:

When Joseph awoke, he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took his wife Mary into his home. (Matthew 1:24)


On This Date…

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On March 19, 1955, the Feast of Saint Joseph, Abbot Bernard Pennings, O.Praem., founder of Archmere, was buried in De Pere, Wisconsin. The date of his burial was significant because he served as pastor of Saint Joseph Church in De Pere from 1900 until 1955.

Abbot Pennings used to lay on the cold floor of Saint Joseph Church at night, begging Saint Joseph to intercede for the new and small Norbertine community in America. When he was later credited with many successes, he responded, “All this is the work of Saint Joseph.”

On March 19, 2013, Pope Francis was inaugurated as the 266th pope. In his homily that day, he called on all people to protect children, the elderly, and those in need, citing Saint Joseph’s care of the Holy Family.

In Today’s Gospel, we hear, “When Joseph awoke, he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took his wife Mary into his home.” Like Saint Joseph, we care for the members of our immediate family.

– Father McLaughlin

Missionaries With A Vision

Today’s Word:

Give and gifts will be given to you …the measure with which you measure will in return be measured out to you. (Luke 6:38)


On This Date…

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On March 17, 461 AD, Saint Patrick died in Ireland at age 76. He was born in Great Britain and was kidnapped at age 16 by Irish raiders who took him to Ireland and forced him into slavery as a shepherd. Enduring hard work and harsh climate, loneliness and poverty, Patrick learned to rely on God in prayer.

After six years in captivity, Patrick escaped, made his way to the coast, and sailed for home. Later, he had a dream in which he heard the Irish people say to him, “Come back and walk with us once more.”

Patrick became a priest and a bishop, and then returned to pagan Ireland where he spread the Gospel for 30 years, often in great danger. He died at the site of his first church.

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Abbot Bernard Pennings, O.Praem.

On March 17, 1955, Abbot Bernard Pennings, O.Praem., the founder of Archmere, died in Green Bay, Wisconsin at age 93. Like Saint Patrick, Abbot Pennings was a missionary, serving as the leader of American Norbertines from 1893 to 1955. He also served as paster of Saint Joseph Parish in De Pere from 1890 until his death.

Both Saint Patrick and Abbot Pennings lived out Jesus’ word in today’s Gospel, “Give and gifts will be given to you …the measure with which you measure will in return be measured out to you.”

– Father McLaughlin