Come To Me, All You Who Labor and Are Burdened

Today’s Word:

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


On This Date…

bronislawaOn August 30 Norbertines celebrate the feast day of Blessed Bronislava, a Norbertine cloistered nun from Cracow, Poland, who died on August 29, 1259 at age 56; she entered the convent at age 16, and that same convent of Norbertine nuns continues in Poland today. As invaders raided the country, Sister Bronislava calmed her sisters and led them to safety in an underground tunnel. After the convent was destroyed by fire, she set up tents on the convent grounds where she and her sisters assisted the sick and hungry people of the town. An image of Blessed Bronislava is in the dome of the Polish Chapel at the National Shrine on the Campus of The Catholic University in Washington, DC. A convent of 40 American cloister Norbertine nuns is in Tehachapi, California.

In today’s Gospel Jesus says, “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest”. Blessed Bronislava lived those words, in her care for others.

– Father McLaughlin

Restless is the Heart Until it Comes to Rest in You

On This Date…

On August 28, 430 AD Saint Augustine died in North Africa at age 75; he wrote the Rule by which Norbertines live. He wrote in his Confessions, “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 from San Diego to San Francisco, a distance of 514 miles. Pope Francis canonized Father Serra last September in Washington, DC.

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.

On August 28, 2016 Father David Driesch, O.Praem. made his Solemn Profession as a Norbertine of Daylesford Abbey. At Communion we sang these words: “Restless is the heart until it comes to rest in you.”  Saint Augustine, Father Serra, Dr. King, and Father Driesch inspire us to rest in the Lord.

– Father McLaughlin

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Listen to God and Believe

Today’s Word:

“Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled” (Luke 1:45)


On This Date…

On August 15, 1932 Father Michael McKeough, O.Praem., Archmere’s first headmaster, met with Mr. John Raskob in Wilmington concerning a first payment for the property of Archmere.

On August 15, 1967 Archbishop John Krol of Philadelphia dedicated the Church of the Assumption at Daylesford Abbey; Archmere’s faculty & staff, juniors & seniors will use the church this year for retreat masses, as will the three Kairos Retreats.

On August 15, 2016, today, over 200 athletes, coaches, and parents assembled in Archmere’s theatre to celebrate Mass for the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, body and soul, into Heaven. Before Mass Mr. John Jordan ’80 welcomed all, especially transfer students and members of the Class of 2020.

In today’s Gospel Elizabeth said to her cousin, Mary, “Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled”. May we listen to God and believe.

– Father McLaughlin

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