Rich In What Matters To God

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Today in Krakow, Poland, World Youth Day concluded with a Mass celebrated by Pope Francis. He asked the young people, “Do you want to be hope for the future? … Preserve your memory of your people, of your family and where you come from. the memory of your journey, and what you received from your those closest to you.” Pope Francis especially singled out grandparents.

Last evening, Pope Francis and the pilgrims (1.6 million young people attended the gathering) walked nine miles to an open field, where Pope Francis urged them to be “young people with shoes, or better, boots laced.”  Afterwards many spent the night in prayer, in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, and participating in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Today, 29 Archmere senior boys gathered in the Oratory of Saint Norbert Hall for Mass at 7:30 AM, before heading to Virginia for a 4-day camping trip. After Mass the boys had a breakfast prepared in the Student Life Center by their parents – “those closest to them.”

In today’s Gospel Jesus urged His listeners to be “rich in what matters to God” (Luke 12:21). In being “rich in what matters to God” we shall be “hope for the future.”

– Father McLaughlin

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Servant of God

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Father Stanley Rother

Father Stanley Rother

On July 28, 1981 Father Stanley Rother was shot to death in his rectory in his parish in Santiago Atitlan in Guatemala. He grew up on a farm in Oklahoma, was ordained a priest in 1963 at age 28. and volunteered to go to Guatemala in 1968. He attended to the spiritual needs of his people but also used his farming skills to help them make a living. On Sundays 3,500 people came to his parish for Mass.

Because of his work on behalf of the poor, his life was threatened. He returned to his home in Oklahoma in January 1981, but returned to Guatemala during Holy Week to celebrate the Death and Resurrection of Jesus. After his Funeral Mass in Guatemala, his body was returned to America for burial; his family allowed his heart to be buried in his parish church in Guatemala.

In 2015 the Holy See officially named him a “servant of God,” opening the way for his beatification. Father Rother said, “Pray for us that we may be a sign of the love of Christ for our people.” That is the message Pope Francis gave today at the World Youth Day in Poland.

– Father McLaughlin

I Will Give You Rest

Today’s Word:

“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28)


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On July 14, 1217 Brother Hroznata, a Norbertine of the Abbey of Tepl in the Czech Republic, died of starvation in prison at age 47; he was confined there by men trying to steal the abbey’s property.  He married as a young man but after his wife and young child died, he offered his lands and possessions to the Norbertine Order for the foundation of an abbey; he joined Tepl in 1202. His cult as a martyr was confirmed by Rome in 1897. Blessed Hroznata is buried above an altar in the Abbey of Tepl.

On July 14, 1789 a large crowd of Parisians captured the Bastille, an old fortress used as a prison. Since then, the people of France have celebrated July 14 as their national holiday (like July 4th). Tonight some who had gathered in Nice, France for fireworks lost their lives in an attack.

On July 14 the Church honors Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, the first Native American to be canonized a saint (in 2012); she had smallpox as a child, causing poor eyesight and an unsteady walk. She was baptized at age 20 and received First Holy Communion at age 21. She died in 1680 at age 24.

As we remember Blessed Hroznata, Saint Kateri, and those who struggle for freedom and peace, we can take to heart Jesus’ words in today’s Gospel: “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest”.

– Father McLaughlin

 

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