Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid. (Matthew 14:27)
On This Date…
On August 10,1893 Abbot Augustine Bazelmans, O.Praem. of Berne Abbey in Holland, with the unanimous consent of his Council, agreed to send Norbertine missionaries to work in the Diocese of Green Bay, Wisconsin. Father Bernard Pennings, O.Praem. and two other Norbertines left Holland by boat on November 1, 1893; they were followed by an additional 23 Norbertines.
In today’s Gospel, Jesus comforts his disciples at 3:00 AM on a boat in the Sea of Galilee, as they dealt with strong winds and high waves, saying, “Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.”
The pioneer Norbertine missionaries dealt with storms at sea and challenges on land; but, they took courage and overcame their fears.
– Father McLaughlin