My Soul Waits For The Lord

Today’s Word:

“My soul waits for the Lord more than sentinels wait for the dawn” (Psalm 130:6)


On This Date…

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The Apollo 17 Mission

On February 27, 1973, Senator Joseph R. Biden ’61, elected to the United States Senate three months earlier, brought Apollo 17 astronauts Eugene Cernan, Ronald Evans, and Harrison Schmitt to Archmere for a school assembly. The photographs of their visit can be viewed in the 1973 Patio (yearbook); Dr. Marinelli,  Mr. Campion, and I were at the assembly, they as 9th grade students and I as a 10th grade teacher.  Each of the astronauts addressed the students and then signed autographs on the front steps of Saint Norbert Hall. Father Justin Diny, O.Praem., Archmere’s headmaster (1946-1983) welcomed the guests. Apollo 17 was the last lunar landing; the mission launched on December 7, 1972, entered the lunar orbit on December 10th, and splashed down to earth on December 19th. Commander Cernan walked on the moon on December 14, the last person to walk on the moon.

At Mass today we prayed, “My soul waits for the Lord more than sentinels wait for the dawn”.  We can be grateful for the Apollo 17 astronauts who were lunar sentinels.

– Father McLaughlin

Lower Your Nets

Today’s Word:

“Put out into deep water and lower your nets for a catch” (Luke 5:4)


On This Date…

On February 17, 1178, Norbertine Bishop Evermode died Unknownin Ratzeburg, Germany at age 78. He was born in Belgium and was 20 years old when he met Saint Norbert and joined the new community in France in 1120. From that time he accompanied Saint Norbert on all of his journeys, became Norbert’s closest friend, and was with Saint Norbert when he died on June 6, 1134 in Magdeburg, Germany. In 1138 Evermode became head of the Norbertine community in Magdeburg. In 1154 he became bishop of Ratzeburg, known for his zeal and justice. He interceded for prisoners who were badly treated, welcoming them to Mass and freeing them from chains.

This year a Norbertine seminarian in California painted a picture of Saint Norbert, with Saint Evermode to his left holding in his cupped hands a pool of his tears shed at the death of Saint Norbert. On this Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday, we are inspired by the zeal of Saint Evermode to “Put out into deep water and lower your nets for a catch”, Jesus’ words in today’s Gospel.

– Father McLaughlin

Thoughts In Solitude

Today’s Word:

“I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.”

 – “Thoughts In Solitude” by Thomas Merton


On This Date…

On January 31, 1915 Thomas Merton was born in Prades, France. He enrolled in Columbia University in New York in January 1935, graduating with a BA in English in 1938 and a MA in 1939. On November 16, 1938 he was baptized a Catholic and received First Communion. In the fall of 1940 he began teaching English at Saint Bonaventure College in Olean, NY.

On December 10, 1941 Merton entered the Trappist Abbey of Gethsemani in Kentucky where he was ordained a priest in 1949. During his years in the monastery he wrote more than 70 books, including his autobiography, “The Seven Storey Mountain.” He died suddenly on December 10, 1968 in Bangkok, Thailand and is buried in Kentucky.

In today’s Gospel Jesus asked his disciples during a storm, “Why are you terrified?” (Mark 4:40). In our fears we can pray with Thomas Merton, “I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone”.

– Father McLaughlin

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