Holocaust Martyrs and Heroes Remembrance Day 2014

Today’s Word:

Blessed are all who take refuge in the Lord. (Psalm 2:11d)


On This Date…

Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Day

Today is Holocaust Martyrs and Heroes Remembrance Day – one of the most solemn days of the Israeli calendar. It began last evening at sundown.

The 2014 Days of Remembrance will continue until May 4, honoring the six million Jews who perished in the Nazi Holocaust during World War II.

Miriam Caine, of the Association of Jewish Holocaust Survivors, is quoted in today’s Philadelphia Inquirer:

But for the survivors and their families, the history of the Holocaust does not move one. It cannot and must not be forgotten.

For the Jewish people we pray from the Hebrew Scriptures at Mass today, “Blessed are all who take refuge in the Lord.”

– Father McLaughlin

Dual Papal Canonization Unprecedented in Church History

Today’s Word:

Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.
(John 20:21)


On This Date…

Pope John XXIII.

Pope John XXIII.

Today at the Vatican, Pope Francis, in the presence of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, canonized Pope John XXIII (1958-1963) and Pope John Paul II (1978-2005) – the first dual papal canonization in the history of the church.

Pope John XXIII (1881-1963) convened Vatican Council II in 1962, setting in motion “a broad new vision and set of reforms for the Roman Catholic Church.” Pope John Paul II attended Vatican II, having been ordained a bishop in 1958, one month prior to the election of Pope John XXIII.

Pope John Paul II.

Pope John Paul II.

Pope John Paul II (1920-2005) had “a vision of the Church as a bulwark against totalitarian forces,” no doubt shaped by his experiences of communism in his native Poland.

In today’s Gospel, Jesus appeared to the disciples on Easter night, saying, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” Today, we thank God for sending us Saint John XXIII and Saint John Paul II.

– Father McLaughlin

“Peace Be With You”

Today’s Word:

Peace be with you. (Luke 24:36)


On This Date…

saint_augustine

On April 24, 387, Easter Sunday, Saint Augustine was baptized in Milan, Italy at age 32. Baptized along with him was his 15 year old son Adeodatus and his best friend Alypius.

After Baptism, they made their First Communion in the company of Augustine’s mother Saint Monica, who had prayed for Augustine’s intellectual and moral conversion since he was a teenager.

In today’s Gospel, Jesus appeared to the disciples on Easter night in the Upper Room and said, “Peace be with you.” Augustine received that peace on the day of his conversion.

– Father McLaughlin