The Lord Will Guard Us

Today’s Word:

“The Lord will guard us, as a shepherd guards his flock” (Jeremiah 31:10)


On This Date…

Pope Pius VII

On April 8, 1808 Pope Pius VII established the Catholic Diocese of Philadelphia. It included all of Pennsylvania, all of Delaware, and the southern half of New Jersey. Eleven dioceses now serve this area, eight of them in Pennsylvania. Philadelphia became an Archdiocese in 1875. There are now five counties in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia: Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery. Archbishop Charles Chaput, a Franciscan, became archbishop in 2011. Saint John Neumann and Saint Katharine Drexel are both buried in Philadelphia.

Today at Mass we prayed, “The Lord will guard us, as a shepherd guards his flock”. That is our prayer for all the members of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

– Father McLaughlin

Love of God and Thy Neighbor

Today’s Word:

Jesus spoke of the two key commandments: love of God and love of neighbor (Mark 12:30-31)


On This Date…

Oscar Romero of El Salvador

On March 24, 1980 Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador was assassinated while celebrating Mass in a cancer hospital at age 63; he had been archbishop for three years. The day before his death he issued this plea to the members of the military: “In the name of God, in the name of our tormented people whose cries rise up to heaven, I beseech you, I beg you, I command you: Stop the repression.” Archbishop Romero was beatified in 2015 in a ceremony in San Salvador.

On March 24, 1985 Abbot Norbert Calmels, O.Praem. died in Paris of cancer at age 76. He was ordained a priest in 1934, elected Abbot of Frigolet Abbey in France in 1945, and elected Abbot General of the Norbertine Order in 1962. He was abbot general when Daylesford became an independent Norbertine community (1963) and an abbey (1971). He attended the dedication of Daylesford Abbey in 1967.

In today’s Gospel Jesus spoke of the two key commandments: love of God and love of neighbor. Archbishop Romero and Abbot Calmels loved God and neighbor “with all their hearts.”

– Father McLaughlin

Walking God’s Path

Today’s Word:

“You will show me the path of life, the fullness of joy in your presence” (Psalm 16:11)


On This Date…

On March 22, 1970, Palm Sunday, the new Lectionary of the Catholic Church went into effect; it came as a result of the recommendations of the Second Vatican Council’s Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, promulgated in December 1963.

On March 22, 1980 Mother Teresa of Calcutta received the Bharat Ratna (Jewel of India) Award for her humanitarian work; she said, “Only in heaven will we see how much we owe to the poor for helping us to love God better because of them.”

March 22 is the earliest date possible for the celebration of Easter – the first Sunday after the first full moon following the spring equinox – established by the Council of Nicea in 325 AD.

Today at Mass we prayed, “You will show me the path of life, the fullness of joy in your presence”. Inspired by the Lectionary, Mother Teresa walked God’s path.

– Father McLaughlin