May God Bless Us All

Today’s Word:

“My yoke is easy and my burden light” (Matthew 11:30)


On This Date…

Father Aloysius H. Schmitt

Father Aloysius H. Schmitt

On December 7, 374 Saint Ambrose was consecrated the bishop of Milan; in 387 he baptized 32 year old Saint Augustine.

On December 7, 1787 Delaware was the first state to ratify the Constitution; thus, Delaware is called “The First State.”

On December 7, 1941, a Sunday, Pearl Harbor in Hawaii was attacked at 7:50 AM; a total of 21 ships were destroyed or damaged; 2,388 were killed; and about 2,000 were injured.

On December 7, 1965 the Second Vatican Council issued the “Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World,” stressing the dignity of the human person.

Among those who died 75 years ago in Pearl Harbor was Father Aloysius Schmitt, age 32, the first Catholic chaplain to be killed in action. He had just celebrated Mass on the USS Oklahoma when the ship was hit. He ministered to the wounded and dying. When the call came to abandon ship, he could not get out; he told others to pull him out of the way to provide a way out for others. His last words were “Please let go of me, and may God bless you all.” Father Schmitt epitomized Jesus’ words in today’s Gospel: “My yoke is easy and my burden light”.

 
– Father McLaughlin

Homelike Spirit

Today’s Word:

“You will be given at that moment what you are to say” (Matthew 10:19)


On This Date…

On July 8, 1963 Mrs. Helena Raskob, died in Tuscon, AZ at age 78 (born 11/30/1884). She and her husband, John, moved to Archmere on August 1, 1910 with four children. An additional nine children were born at Archmere. In 1921 Mrs. Raskob wrote these words: “And so Archmere (The Patio) is now a beautiful dream come true. But the greatest charm, aside from the voices of the children, is the homelike spirit which has been fostered within its walls.”

In today’s Gospel Jesus says, “You will be given at that moment what you are to say”. Mrs. Raskob spoke eloquently about Archmere’s “children” and “homelike spirit.”

– Father McLaughlin

John and Helena Raskob

John and Helena Raskob

Without Cost

Today’s Word:

“Without cost you have received; without cost you are to give” (Matthew 10:8)


On This Date…

Bishop W. Francis Malooly

Bishop W. Francis Malooly

On July 7, 2008 Bishop William Francis Malooly was appointed as the 9th Bishop of the Diocese of Wilmington. He was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Baltimore in 1970, and served as Auxiliary Bishop of Baltimore from 2000 to 2008. His episcopal motto is “Rejoice in the Lord.”

Bishop Malooly presided at Archmere’s Commencement on June 5, 2016. He will come to Archmere again on January 31, 2017 to celebrate Mass for Catholic Schools Week.

In today’s Gospel Jesus says, “Without cost you have received; without cost you are to give”. By his rejoicing in the Lord Bishop Malooly gives freely and we are made rich.

– Father McLaughlin