“Let all the earth cry out to God with joy”
On This Date…
On April 22, 1834 Abbot John Baptist L’Ecuy, O.Praem., died in Paris at age 94; he was the last abbot of Premontre, the first Norbertine abbey, founded in 1120 by Saint Norbert; Abbot L’Ecuy’s heart is kept next to the tomb of Saint Norbert in Strahov Abbey, Prague, Czech Republic; his body rests in the Norbertine Abbey of Mondaye in Normandy, France.
On April 22, 1864 the United States Congress authorized the phrase “In God We Trust” on all two-cent coins; in 1865 the phrase was placed on all US coins. In 1956 “In God We Trust” officially became the motto of our country; it comes originally from the fourth stanza of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
On April 22, 1951 the Board of Directors of the Knights of Columbus adopted a resolution to amend the Pledge of Allegiance to include the phrase “under God” after the words “one nation”. The Pledge was composed in 1892 to help mark the 400th anniversary of the founding of America. Congress passed a resolution to amend the Pledge and President Dwight Eisenhower signed it in 1954.
On April 22, 1970 Earth Day was first held in San Francisco, CA. In 1979 Pope John Paul II named Saint Francis of Assisi as patron of ecology, calling the saint “an example of genuine and deep respect for the integrity of creation”.
Today at Mass we prayed, “Let all the earth cry out to God with joy” – perfect words to pray on our earth in a nation under God and in whom we trust.
– Father McLaughlin