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

Roused by God

Today’s Word:

“The Lord God has given me a well-trained tongue, that I might know how to speak to the weary a word that will rouse them” (Isaiah 50:4)


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n March 23, 2008, Easter Sunday, at 9:44 AM, Abbot John Neitzel, O.Praem., the first abbot of Daylesford Abbey (1963-1989) died at Daylesford of cancer on his 84th birthday. During his final illness of he expressed a desire to die on Easter, and his last birthday was the only birthday of his life to fall outside of Lent. Abbot Neitzel was a high school teacher of Latin and English, Principal of Bishop Neumann High School in Philadelphia, and, after retiring as abbot,  pastor in Dauphin, PA. Abbot Neitzel was the first chairperson (1980-1989) of Archmere’s Board of Trustees.

At Mass today we heard in the first reading, “The Lord God has given me a well-trained tongue, that I might know how to speak to the weary a word that will rouse them”. God gave Abbot Neitzel the gift of being able to rouse the weary, and on Easter God roused him to newness of life.

– Father McLaughlin

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Strength in the Lord

Today’s Word:

Look to the Lord in his strength, seek to serve him constantly” (Psalm 105:4)


On This Date…

Saint Patrick

Saint Patrick

On March 17, 461 AD Saint Patrick died in Ireland at age 76. He was born in Great Britain and was kidnapped at age 16 by Irish raiders, taken to Ireland, and forced into slavery as a shepherd. Enduring hard work and harsh climate, loneliness and poverty, Patrick learned to rely on God in prayer. After six years in captivity, Patrick escaped, made his way to the coast, and sailed for home. Later he has a dream in which he heard the Irish people say to him, “Come back and walk with us once more.” Patrick became a priest and bishop, and returned to Ireland where he spread the Gospel for 30 years, often in great danger, He died at the site of his first church.

On March 17, 1955 Abbot Bernard Pennings, O.Praem. died in Green Bay, Wisconsin at age 93. Like Saint Patrick, Abbot Pennings was a missionary, serving as the leader of American Norbertines from 1893 to 1955. He purchased Archmere from the Raskobs for a high school, attended the dedication, presided at the first graduation, and appointed the first four headmasters.

At Mass today we prayed, “Look to the Lord in his strength, seek to serve him constantly”. Saint Patrick and Abbot Pennings did just that.

– Father McLaughlin