With Hearts Close to God

Today’s Word:

“This people honors me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me” (Mark 7:6)


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On August 30th, Norbertines celebrate the feast day of Blessed Bronislava, a Norbertine nun from Cracow, Poland, who died on August 29, 1259 at age 56; she entered the convent at age 16, and that same community of Norbertine nuns continues in Poland today. Sister Bronislava died while tending the sick in her city after the city had been invaded and destroyed; she told her community, “Do not be afraid; the Cross will save us.” She was beatified in 1839; two parishes in the United States (in Wisconsin and Illinois) are dedicated to her, and her image is in the dome of the Polish Chapel at the National Shrine on the campus of The Catholic University in Washington, DC.

On August 30, 1879, Sister Jeanne Jugan, the foundress of the Little Sisters of the Poor, died in France at age 87. At age 45 she began caring for the poor in her attic apartment; six years later Jeanne and some helpers formed a religious community. Sister Jeanne was canonized in 2009. The Little Sisters of the Poor have 32 homes for the elderly in North America, including homes in Newark, DE and Philadelphia, PA.

In today’s Gospel Jesus quotes Isaiah: “This people honors me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me”. Blessed Bronislava and Saint Jeanne had hearts close to God and close to God’s people.

– Father McLaughlin

We Are Servants

Today’s Word:

“The greatest among you must be your servant” (Matthew 23:11)


On This Date…

On August 28, 430, Saint Augustine died in North Africa at age 75; he wrote the Rule by which Norbertines live. He wrote in his “Confessions“, published in 397, “Our hearts are restless, Lord, and they will never rest until they rest in You.”

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. Pope Francis will canonize Father Serra in Washington, DC on September 23, 2015.

On August 28, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his “I have a dream” speech to a multi-racial audience in Washington, DC; many wept openly as Dr. King spoke of a time when the evils of prejudice and segregation would vanish.

At Mass today at Daylesford Abbey, during the Solemn Profession of Frater James Garvey, O.Praem., we heard these words of Jesus: “The greatest among you must be your servant”. Saint Augustine, Father Serra, and Dr. King were great in their service.

– Father McLaughlin

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The Will of God

Today’s Word:

“Be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect” (Romans 12:2)


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 at age 32 on April 24, 387, along with his own 16 year old son, Adeodatus, in the presence of his mother. Both Augustine and Adeodatus were with Monica when she died, and both were “overwhelmed with grief.”

On August 27, 1910, Mother Teresa of India was born in Yugoslavia. She entered the convent in Ireland at age 18, and that same year went as a missionary to India. She first taught high school and later became principal of a girls’ academy. She founded the Missionaries of Charity in 1950 and died in 1997.

In the Student Life Center this morning, Archmere’s faculty and staff heard these words of Scripture: “Be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect”. Saint Monica and Saint Mother Teresa were transformed and discerned the will of God – one as a wife and mother and one as a nun and missionary.

– Father McLaughlin