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

Salt and Light

Today’s Word:

“You are the salt of the earth … You are the light of the world” (Matthew 5:13-14)


On This Date…

Adrian and James O.Praem, Martyrs of Gorcum

Adrian and James O.Praem, Martyrs of Gorcum

On July 9, 1572 two Norbertines, Father Adrian (pastor), 43 years old, and Father James (associate pastor), 30 years old, opened their rectory door in Holland to answer what they thought was an urgent request to give the Last Rites to a dying man; they were tricked and were then arrested for being Catholic priests. They were led to an abandoned monastery where they, with 17 other priests and religious, were told to renounce their faith. Adrian and James refused and were hanged from the rafters, and, after their deaths, their bodies were badly mutilated and thrown into a ditch. Norbertines honor them today as martyrs for the faith.

Today at Daylesford Abbey Deacon Gerard Jordan was ordained a Norbertine priest. In the Gospel proclaimed today Jesus said, “You are the salt of the earth … You are the light of the world”. Saints Adrian and James were salt and light, great examples of priestly service for Father Gerard Jordan, and for us.

– 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