“The Lord God has given me a well-trained tongue, that I might know how to speak to the weary a word that will rouse them” (Isaiah 50:4)
On This Date…
On March 23, 2008, Easter Sunday, at 9:44 AM, Abbot John Neitzel, O.Praem., the first abbot of Daylesford Abbey (1963-1989) died at Daylesford of cancer on his 84th birthday. During his final illness of he expressed a desire to die on Easter, and his last birthday was the only birthday of his life to fall outside of Lent. Abbot Neitzel was a high school teacher of Latin and English, Principal of Bishop Neumann High School in Philadelphia, and, after retiring as abbot, pastor in Dauphin, PA. Abbot Neitzel was the first chairperson (1980-1989) of Archmere’s Board of Trustees.
At Mass today we heard in the first reading, “The Lord God has given me a well-trained tongue, that I might know how to speak to the weary a word that will rouse them”. God gave Abbot Neitzel the gift of being able to rouse the weary, and on Easter God roused him to newness of life.
– Father McLaughlin