Enjoying The Fullness of Life

Today’s Word:

Jesus “appointed Twelve whom He named Apostles, that they might be with Him” (Mark 3:14)


On This Date…

On January 22, 1973 the United States Supreme Court rendered the decision in Roe vs. Wade to permit abortion. Today in Washington, DC the annual March for Life was held, as it has been every year since 1973. Today’s issue of The Dialog has a front-page picture of the  Wilmington March for Life, held on January 15; in the picture is Father Anthony Pileggi, Archmere Class of 1987.

Father Michael Collins

Father Michael Collins

On January 22, 2015 Father Michael Collins, O.Praem. died suddenly at Daylesford Abbey at age 64; he was a 1968 graduate of Archmere and spent 34 years at Archmere as teacher, assistant athletic director, and dean of student life.

In today’s Gospel Jesus “appointed Twelve whom He named Apostles, that they might be with Him”. Father Collins now enjoys the fullness of life with the One who called him to priesthood.

– Father McLaughlin

Moved With Pity

Today’s Word:

Jesus is “moved with pity” for a leper. (Mark 1:41)


On This Date…

Saint Godfrey

Saint Godfrey

January 14 is the feast day of Norbertine Saint Godfrey. He was born into wealth and nobility in 1097, and married his wife, Jutta, in his early 20’s. Godfrey met Saint Norbert in 1121 in Cologne, Germany and was immediately inspired by Norbert’s life and preaching. Saint Norbert professed vows on December 25, 1121 and Godfrey handed over his castle to Norbert on May 31, 1122; it was the first Norbertine monastery in Germany. Godfrey and Jutta became Norbertines as did Godfrey’s younger brother. They cared for the poor and the sick in the hospital attached to the castle. Godfrey died on January 13, 1127.

In today’s Gospel Jesus is “moved with pity” for a leper. Like Jesus, Saint Godfrey had pity on the sick and the poor, a model for us in this “Year of Mercy.”

– Father McLaughlin

The Spirit of the Lord

Today’s Word:

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me” (Luke 4:18)


On This Date…

January 7, today, is celebrated by many Orthodox Christians as Christmas Day. Some churches follow the ancient Julian calendar and some follow the Gregorian calendar adopted in February 1582.

In today’s Gospel Jesus quotes the Prophet Isaiah: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me”. Such a message – “tidings of comfort and joy” – makes us “joyful and triumphant,” bringing us Christmas peace every day.

– Father McLaughlin

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