Roused by God

Today’s Word:

“The Lord God has given me a well-trained tongue, that I might know how to speak to the weary a word that will rouse them” (Isaiah 50:4)


On This Date…
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n March 23, 2008, Easter Sunday, at 9:44 AM, Abbot John Neitzel, O.Praem., the first abbot of Daylesford Abbey (1963-1989) died at Daylesford of cancer on his 84th birthday. During his final illness of he expressed a desire to die on Easter, and his last birthday was the only birthday of his life to fall outside of Lent. Abbot Neitzel was a high school teacher of Latin and English, Principal of Bishop Neumann High School in Philadelphia, and, after retiring as abbot,  pastor in Dauphin, PA. Abbot Neitzel was the first chairperson (1980-1989) of Archmere’s Board of Trustees.

At Mass today we heard in the first reading, “The Lord God has given me a well-trained tongue, that I might know how to speak to the weary a word that will rouse them”. God gave Abbot Neitzel the gift of being able to rouse the weary, and on Easter God roused him to newness of life.

– Father McLaughlin

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O Lord, Hear My Prayer

Today’s Word:

“O Lord, hear my prayer, and let my cry come to you” (Psalm 102:2)


On This Date…

On March 24, 1980, Archbishop Oscar Romero was assassinated while celebrating Mass in a cancer hospital where he lived; he was 63 years of age, archbishop for just three years, and a voice for the poor and victims of violence. He had said, “If I am killed, I shall arise in the Salvadoran people.” On February 3, 2015 Pope Francis declared Archbishop Romero a martyr; he will be beatified in San Salvador on May 23, 2015.

On March 24, 1985, Abbot Norbert Calmels, O.Praem., died in Paris of cancer at age 76. He was Abbot General of the Norbertine Order from 1962 to 1982, and was at Daylesford Abbey for the abbatial blessing of Abbot Neitzel in 1971. During the last hours of his life, strengthened by the Sacrament of the Sick, he had “a childlike look of wonder turned toward the invisible.”

At Kenosis today Mr. Gabriel prayed, “O Lord, hear my prayer, and let my cry come to you”. Archbishop Romero and Abbot Calmels were models of such prayer.

– Father McLaughlin

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