Blessed Passover

Today’s Word:

“The Lord has made his salvation known … has revealed his kindness and his faithfulness toward the House of Israel” (Psalm 98:2-3)


On This Date…

On April 23, 1616 William Shakespeare died at age 52; he is buried near the main altar of Holy Trinity Church in Stratford-Upon-Avon where he had been baptized. The home in which he was born still stands, preserved and open to visitors.

On April 23, 2016, today, the Jewish Community celebrates the first day of Passover (beginning last evening at sundown), an eight-day feast that will conclude on April 30th; families gather to share the seder meal on the first and second nights of Passover, recalling how God led the people out of slavery in Egypt under the leadership of Moses. The cups of red wine recall the lamb’s blood on their doorposts saving them from the angel of death; the unleavened bread recalls their quick departure, before the bread could rise.

Today at Mass we prayed, “The Lord has made his salvation known … has revealed his kindness and his faithfulness toward the House of Israel”. Blessed Passover to all.

– Father McLaughlin

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Have Faith

Today’s Word:

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God; have faith also in me” (John 14:1)


On This Date…

On April 22, 1834 Abbot John Baptist L’Ecuy, O.Praem. died in Paris at age 95; he was the last abbot of Premontre, the first abbey founded by Saint Norbert in 1120. Abbot L’Ecuy’s heart is kept next to the tomb of Saint Norbert in Prague, Czech Republic; his body is kept 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; the next year the phrase was placed on all US coins; in 1956 “In God We Trust” officially became the motto of our country.

On April 22, 1970 Earth Day was first held in San Francisco, CA; at the United Nations today 175 countries signed the Paris Agreement, to safeguard the environment.

In today’s Gospel, Jesus says, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God; have faith also in me”. We care for our earth, with faith and trust.

– Father McLaughlin

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Living for Jesus

Today’s Word:

 “The one who feeds on me will have life because of me” (John 6:57)


On This Date…

On April 15, 1134, Easter Sunday, Saint Norbert celebrated his last Mass, sitting in a chair due to illness; he died on June 6, 1134 at age 54.

On April 15, 1865, Holy Saturday, President Abraham Lincoln died from a gunshot wound at age 56; he was called “a great martyr to liberty.”

On April 15, 1889, Monday of Holy Week, Father Damian DeVeuster died at Molokai, Hawaii, of leprosy at age 49; he had served the lepers for 16 years, always addressing them as “we lepers.”

Saint Norbert, President Lincoln, and Father Damian took to heart Jesus’ words in today’s Gospel: “The one who feeds on me will have life because of me”.

– Father McLaughlin

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