Give Them Some Food Yourselves

Today’s Word:

“Give them some food yourselves” (Mark 6:37)


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Saint John Neumann

Saint John Neumann

On January 5, 1860 Bishop John Neumann collapsed on Vine Street in Philadelphia and died at age 48; he had become the 4th bishop of Philadelphia in 1852. He was one of six children, born in the Czech Republic in 1811. Putting aside his desire to be a physicist, an astronomer, and a physician, he entered the seminary, emigrated to the United States at age 25, and was ordained a priest in New York the same month. He first served as a missionary in New York and Pennsylvania, attending to many immigrants (he spoke eight languages). In Philadelphia Bishop Neumann opened 58 Catholic schools, initiated the Forty Hours Eucharistic Devotion in parishes, wrote two German catechisms, and totally spent himself in service to farmers, coal miners, and the rural poor. He is buried in Saint Peter’s Church in Philadelphia. Saint John Neumann High School, staffed by the Norbertines from 1934 to 2000, is the alma mater of Mr. Burdziak, Mr. Malseed, Father Zagarella, and myself. Bishop Neumann was canonized a saint in 1977.

In today’s Gospel Jesus told the disciples who saw a vast and needy crowd, “Give them some food yourselves”. Saint John Neumann gave himself completely to the people in Philadelphia.

– Father McLaughlin

Give Alms

Today’s Word:

“Give alms, and behold, everything will be clean for you” (Luke 11:41)


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On October 13, 1793 Norbertine Father Peter Adrian Toulorge, O.Praem., was beheaded at age 36 in the city of Coutances, France, where he had been ordained in 1782. Just before his execution, during the French Revolution, Father Toulorge prayed, “My God, I place my life in Your hands. Forgive my enemies.” He was buried in a common grave with other martyrs and was beatified in 2012. Today is his feast day.

On October 13, 1985 Norbertine Father Roger Paider, O.Praem., Archmere’s 3rd headmaster (1945-1946), died of cancer at age 71. He was at Archmere from 1944 to 1961, serving as chemistry teacher, librarian, prefect of discipline, and grounds keeper. He is buried at Daylesford Abbey.

In today’s Gospel Jesus says, “Give alms, and behold, everything will be clean for you”. Blessed Peter Adrian and Father Paider generously placed their lives in God’s hands.

– Father McLaughlin

 

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Make Me A Channel of Your Peace

Today’s Word:

“Make me a channel of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me bring your love. Where there is injury, your pardon, Lord, and where there’s doubt, true faith in you.”

 – Saint Francis


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On October 4, 1965, a Monday and the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi, Pope Paul VI addressed the United Nations on the 20th anniversary of that world institution established for peace; Pope Paul said, “Never again war, never again war. It is peace, peace, that has to guide the destiny of the nations of all mankind.” Before leaving New York, Pope Paul met with President Lyndon Johnson, celebrated Mass in Yankee Stadium, and visited the World’s Fair – all in one day. Pope Paul was the first pope to travel to the United States; he was beatified on October 19, 2014.

On October 4, 2015 Pope Francis opened the XIV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in Rome; the theme of the gathering of 279 bishops from 120+ nations is “The vocation and mission of the family in the church and in the contemporary world.”

On this Feast of Saint Francis, the Holy Father’s feast day, we can say with Saint Francis, “Make me a channel of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me bring your love. Where there is injury, your pardon, Lord, and where there’s doubt, true faith in you.” Pope Francis said, “If a person during his or her life does nothing else but reconcile and bring peace that person can be canonized; that person is a saint” (homily, September 4, 2015, in the Vatican).

– Father McLaughlin