Salt of the Earth

Saint Augustine

Saint Augustine

Today’s Word:

“The salt of the earth and the light of the world” (Matthew 5:13-14)


On This Date…

On August 28, 430AD Saint Augustine died in North Africa at age 75; in his Rule, followed by Norbertines, he asks us “to be of one mind and one heart on the way to God,” words that begin the Archmere Prayer.

On August 28, 1784 Father Junipero Serra died in Carmel, California at age 69; he became a Franciscan at age 17, and founded nine missions in California from San Diego to San Francisco, a distance of 514 miles.
On August 28, 1963 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his “I have a dream” speech to a multi-racial audience in Washington, DC, speaking of a time when the evils of prejudice and segregation would vanish.
In today’s Gospel Jesus called His disciples to be “the salt of the earth and the light of the world” (Matthew 5:13-14). Saint Augustine, Father Serra, and Dr. King were salt and light for our world, as is Father John Zagarella, O.Praem. whose birthday is today.

 – Father McLaughlin

 

Saint Monica and her son, Saint Augustine.

Saint Monica and her son, Saint Augustine.

Today’s Word:

“Nothing is Far from God.”


On This Date…

On August 27, 387, Saint Monica died in Ostia, the seaport of Rome, at age 65, after an illness of nine days. She had two sons and a daughter. Saint Augustine was her oldest child, and she had prayed for his conversion since he was 16 years old. Augustine was baptized in 387 at age 32, along with his own 16 year old son, Adeodatus. Saint Monica was present and was overjoyed at the baptisms of her son and grandson; both Augustine and Adeodatus were with Monica when she died.

On August 27, 1910 Mother Teresa of Calcutta, India was born in Yugoslavia. She entered the convent in Ireland at age 18 and that same year went as a missionary to India where she first taught high school and later became principal of a girls’ academy; she served in India until her death in 1997.

Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Saint Monica’s last words to Augustine were, “Nothing is far from God,” words Mr. Gabriel posted today on the Oratory screen. Through the lives of Saint Monica and Mother Teresa we know that “nothing is far from God.”

– Father McLaughlin

The Solemnity of The Assumption

Today’s Word:

At the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy. (Luke 1:44)


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The Panama Canal

On This Date…

On August 15, 1914, the Panama Canal opened, providing a short shipping route of 48 miles between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. The cost was great in terms of dollars and human lives; over 5,600 workers died building the canal. Over 1 million vessels have passed through the canal.

On August 15, 1932, Father Michael McKeough, O.Praem., Archmere’s first headmaster, met with Mr. John Raskob in his Wilmington office concerning the first payment due to him for the purchase of Archmere.

On August 15, 1967, Cardinal John Krol, Archbishop of Philadelphia, dedicated the Church of the Assumption at Daylesford Abbey. The Norbertines of Daylesford continue to sponsor Archmere Academy.

assumption

On August 15, the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Assumption, marking the moment when Mary, the Mother of Jesus, was taken body and soul to heaven. Today is a holy day of obligation, and about 300 athletes, coaches, and parents gathered in Archmere’s theater for Mass.

In today’s Gospel, Elizabeth said to her cousin, Mary of Nazareth, “At the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy.” May what we say to each other this year cause joy, a canal opening up all sorts of relationships in the classroom, on the athletic fields, and between friends.

– Father McLaughlin