Scientia

Today’s Word:

“Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and follow after it” (Psalm 34:15)


On This Date…

Saint Norbert

Saint Norbert

On May 28, 1115, 900 years ago today, Saint Norbert was heading to Vreden when a thunderstorm suddenly occurred. Norbert fell from his horse and mused, “What shall I do?” The words of a psalm came to him: “Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and follow after it” (Psalm 34:15). From that moment Norbert completely changed the direction of his life. That conversion is depicted in the first stained glass window in the Oratory, showing a flash of lightening, with the word “scientia” (wisdom).

On this special anniversary in the life of Saint Norbert, we resolve to be “apostles of peace,” with the wisdom to be “prepared for every good work.”

– Father McLaughlin

Open Your Door to Christ

Today’s Word:

“Take courage” (John 16:33)


On This Date…

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Father Thomas Hagendorf

On May 18, 1920 Karol Josef Wojtyla was born in Poland. After he was elected pope in 1978, taking the name John Paul II, he often invited cardinals in Rome who were over the age of 80, and thus unable to vote in a papal election, to join him for lunch on this day, to get their thoughts on the needs of the church, and to show his appreciation for their wisdom and insights.

On May 18, 2013 Father Thomas Hagendorf, O.Praem., died suddenly in his parish in Wisconsin just before he was to celebrate Mass. He served at Archmere from 1964 to 1988, as librarian, college counselor, cafeteria director, teacher of religion and history, a member of the Board of Trustees, and the religious superior of the Norbertines.

In his first homily as pope Saint John Paul II said, “Be not afraid! Open the doors to Christ.” In today’s Gospel Jesus said, “Take courage”. Both Pope John Paul II and Father Hagendorf took courage and opened their doors to Christ.

– Father McLaughlin

Pray For Us Sinners

Today’s Word:

“Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.”

 – from the Hail Mary


On This Date…

On May 13, 1917 the Blessed Mother appeared to three children, ages 10, 9, 7, at Fatima, Portugal; she appeared a total of six times in five months, asking the children to pray for conversion, repentance, and world peace.

On May 13, 1963 Father Michael McLaughlin, O.Praem., Archmere Class of 1938, died of cancer at age 42; he was the first member of Daylesford to die and is buried at Daylesford Abbey. He had taught math at Bishop Neumann High School in Philadelphia.

On May 13, 1981 Pope John Paul II was shot in Saint Peter’s Square in Rome; after he recovered the pope met with the man who shot him, forgave him, and made peace.

On May 13, 2000 Pope John Paul II went to Fatima to beatify two of the children to whom the Blessed Mother had appeared in 1917: Francisco who died in 1919 at age 11, and Jacinta who died in 1920 at age 10.

On this day we pray, as Francisco and Jacinta did: “Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.”

– Father McLaughlin

 

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