Take Courage

Today’s Word:

Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid. (Matthew 14:27)


On This Date…
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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

The Feast of Saint Joseph: Protector of The Holy Family

Today’s Word:

When Joseph awoke, he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took his wife Mary into his home. (Matthew 1:24)


On This Date…

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On March 19, 1955, the Feast of Saint Joseph, Abbot Bernard Pennings, O.Praem., founder of Archmere, was buried in De Pere, Wisconsin. The date of his burial was significant because he served as pastor of Saint Joseph Church in De Pere from 1900 until 1955.

Abbot Pennings used to lay on the cold floor of Saint Joseph Church at night, begging Saint Joseph to intercede for the new and small Norbertine community in America. When he was later credited with many successes, he responded, “All this is the work of Saint Joseph.”

On March 19, 2013, Pope Francis was inaugurated as the 266th pope. In his homily that day, he called on all people to protect children, the elderly, and those in need, citing Saint Joseph’s care of the Holy Family.

In Today’s Gospel, we hear, “When Joseph awoke, he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took his wife Mary into his home.” Like Saint Joseph, we care for the members of our immediate family.

– Father McLaughlin

Remembering Lives of Service

Today’s Word:

She, from her poverty, has offered her whole livelihood.
(Luke 21:4)


On This Date…

On Saturday, November 25, 1893, Abbot Bernard Pennings, O.Praem., age 32, reached his first mission in America – Our Lady the Snows Parish in Delwiche, Wisconsin. In his first letter to his mother he wrote, “Although the journey was long and difficult, we did not suffer at all, thanks to your prayers and those of our friends and acquaintances.”

On November 25, 1963, President John Fitzgerald Kennedy, age 46, was buried in Arlington National Cemetery after the Mass of Christian Burial at the Cathedral of Saint Matthew in Washington, D.C. Leaders of 92 nations attended the Funeral Mass, and one million people lined the route from the US Capitol to the Cathedral. An eternal flame marks the grave in Arlington.

In today’s Gospel, Jesus commends a poor widow who gave two small coins, saying, “She, from her poverty, has offered her whole livelihood.” During this week of Thanksgiving, we recall the lives and service of Abbot Pennings and President Kennedy.

– Father McLaughlin