100th Anniversary of The Patio

Today’s Word:

“His heart was moved with pity for them” (Matthew 14:14)


On This Date…

John J. and Helena S. Raskob

John J. and Helena S. Raskob

On August 1, 1910, John and Helena Raskob moved from their home in Wilmington to their new home at Archmere, along with their first four children: John (3), William (2), Helena (1), and Elizabeth (6 weeks). Nine more children were born at Archmere.

In 1921, Mrs Raskob wrote a book about the planning and construction of The Patio (1916-1918). In part she wrote, “Archmere 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 in these walls.”

In today’s Gospel Jesus saw a vast crowd and “his heart was moved with pity for them”. Like Jesus, Mrs. Raskob’s heart was moved with great affection for her children. As we recall the 100th anniversary of the construction of The Patio we say, “Archmere is now a beautiful dream come true.”

– Father McLaughlin

Do Not Be Afraid, I Am With You

Today’s Word:

Rise, and do not be afraid. (Matthew 17:7)


On This Date…

The Transfiguration, Raphael.

The Transfiguration, Raphael.

On August 6, 1945, the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan. 75,000 people died instantly, and another 65,000 died in the following months from their injuries and radiation sickness.

On August 6, 1978, Pope Paul VI died in Rome at age 80. He was the first pope to visit the United States, addressing the United Nations General Assembly in December 1965, pleading, “No more war. War never again.”

On August 6, 1457, the Feast of the Transfiguration was established by the Church. In the Gospel for the feast, Jesus says, “Rise, and do not be afraid.”

Trench Warfare. Somme, France - July 1916.

Trench Warfare.
Somme, France – July 1916.

With so much fear in Russia and Ukraine, Israel and Palestine, Iraq and Afghanistan, and in Europe recalling this week, the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, we long to hear Jesus’ words as we say, “No more war. War never again.”

– Father McLaughlin