Let Us Be Glad and Rejoice

Today’s Word:

 “This is the day the Lord has made; let us be glad and rejoice” (Psalm 118:24)


On This Date…

On April 19, 1775 the “shot heard round the world” was fired at Lexington, MA signaling the beginning of the American Revolution; today the Museum of the American Revolution opened at 123 Chestnut Street in Philadelphia, with former Vice President Joseph Biden, Archmere Class of 1961 speaking at the dedication.

On April 19, 1887 The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC was chartered; it opened in November 1889.

On April 19, 2005 Cardinal Josef Ratzinger was elected as Pope Benedict XVI; Pope Benedict resigned in 2013 and on Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017 he celebrated his 90th birthday.

Today at Mass we heard these words: “This is the day the Lord has made; let us be glad and rejoice” – words that help us thank God for America, for The Catholic University, and Pope Benedict.

– Father McLaughlin

Do Not Be Afraid

Today’s Word:

“Do not be afraid” (Matthew 28:10)


On This Date…

On April 15, 1134, Easter Sunday, Saint Norbert celebrated his last Mass; he died of illness on June 6 at age 54.

On April 15, 1865, Holy Saturday, President Abraham Lincoln died at age 56; he had begun his 2nd term 41 days earlier, and placed on coins “In God We Trust.”

On April 15, 1889, Monday of Holy Week, Father Damian DeVeuster died of leprosy at Molokai, Hawaii at age 49, after serving the lepers for 16 years; he was canonized in 2009.

On April 15, 1912 The Titanic sunk after hitting an iceberg; the last music to be played on board was the hymn, “nearer My God to Thee!”

On April 15, 1947 Jackie Robinson broke baseball’s color barrier.

On April 15, 2013 there was a bombing at the Boston Marathon, killing 3 and injuring 250.

On April 15, 2017 we hear these words of Jesus in tonight’s Gospel: “Do not be afraid”. We trust God who is near, without fear.

– Father McLaughlin

 

The First Day of Passover

On This Date…

Today is the first day of the Jewish Passover (it began at sundown last evening). Passover will end at sundown on Tuesday, April 18. Passover seders occur on the evenings of April 10 and 11. The main food is matzah, unleavened bread. During the seder there will be the retelling of the events of the Exodus from Egypt under the leadership of Moses, freeing the Israelites from slavery.

Christians will re-live the Exodus on Holy Thursday, April 13. We shall hear at the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, “This day shall be a memorial feast for you, which all your generations shall celebrate”. Jews and Christians alike are united in these special holy days.

– Father McLaughlin