Glory to God

Today’s Word:

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


On This Date…

On December 25, 1121, Saint Norbert and about forty companions professed religious vows in the little chapel of Saint John the Baptist in Premontre, France, and so was born the Norbertine Order. Saint Norbert asked his companions to live by the Rule of Saint Augustine. According to a 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.”

On December 25, 1914, about 100,000 British and German soldiers along a 500 mile front observed a voluntary truce for Christmas; they shared food and drink, songs and games, and faith in Jesus, the Prince of Peace.

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 his companions, and on the soldiers, rest on us this Christmas Day.

– Father McLaughlin

 

images

The Power of Family

Today’s Word:

“We can learn so much from Mary and Joseph … They help us to rediscover the vocation and mission of the family, of every family.” (Matthew 1:1-17)


On This Date…

On December 17, 1936, Jorge Mario Bergoglio was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina to Italian immigrant parents, the oldest of five children. He attended a vocational school, studied chemistry in college, and entered the Jesuit Order after college; he was ordained on December 13, 1969. He was serving as archbishop of Buenos Aires when he was elected on March 13, 2013 as the 266th pope.

Today is the first day of the Jewish feast of Hanukkah, a feast of faithfulness to the Jewish Law, a feast of dedication (re-dedication of the Jewish Temple on 12/14/164 BC), and a feast of thanksgiving (for the freedom to practice one’s faith). The first of eight candles was lighted last evening.

Today we hear the first “O Antiphon” at Mass – “O Wisdom … teach us your saving power.” That “wisdom” is the “scientia” in Archmere’s motto and one of the five key words of Archmere.

Pope Francis said today, regarding today’s Gospel, “We can learn so much from Mary and Joseph … They help us to rediscover the vocation and mission of the family, of every family.” With “wisdom” we can see God’s saving power in our families, and be lights for others, as Pope Francis has been for the world.

– Father McLaughlin

 

images

The Highest Honor

Today’s Word:

“You are the highest honor of our race” (Judith 15:9d)


On This Date…

Juan-Diego

Saint Juan Diego

On December 12, 1531, Juan Diego, 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 found roses blooming in the frost; he gathered them 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 be 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; the image now hangs above the main altar of the basilica, the site of 30 masses offered each day for pilgrims (millions annually).  Saint Juan Diego was canonized in 2002.

On the front cover of today’s issue of The Dialog is a picture of relay runners carrying a torch through Wilmington from Mexico City to New York City. We can say of Our Lady of Guadalupe, words we heard at Mass today: “You are the highest honor of our race”

– Father McLaughlin