Eternal Life

Today’s Word:

“God so loved the world that he gave His only-begotten Son, so that everyone who believes in Him might not perish but might have eternal life” (John 3:16)


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Saint Norbert

On This Date…

On April 15, 1134, Easter Sunday, Saint Norbert celebrated his last Mass, sitting in a chair due to illness; he died on June 6, 1134 at age 54.

On April 15, 1865, Holy Saturday, President Abraham Lincoln died from a gunshot wound at age 56; he was called “a great martyr to liberty.”

On April 15, 1889, Monday of Holy Week, Father Damian DeVeuster died at Molokai, Hawaii, of leprosy at age 49; he had served the lepers for 16 years, always addressing them, “We lepers.”

At the Ring Mass tonight we heard these words: “God so loved the world that he gave His only-begotten Son, so that everyone who believes in Him might not perish but might have eternal life”. Saint Norbert, President Lincoln, and Father Damian believed these words and lived them.

– Father McLaughlin

 

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150 Years After Gettysburg

Today’s Word:

… this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom – and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
– from Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address


On This Date…

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On November 19, 1863, 150 years ago today, President Abraham Lincoln traveled to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania to speak at the dedication ceremony of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery. The cemetery commemorates the soldiers who fought and died at Gettysburg from July 1-3, 1863. At the Battle of Gettysburg, 3,155 Union soldiers died; 14,529 soldiers were wounded; and 5,365 soldiers were listed as “missing.” Confederate losses were even higher. The battle stands as the bloodiest three days of American history to date.

As President Lincoln looked upon the rows of graves, he said:

But, in a large sense, we cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate, we cannot hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here have consecrated it …from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion.

We can pray today, in the words of President Lincoln that “this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom – and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

– Father McLaughlin