Fecisti nos ad te et inquietum est cor nostrum donec requiescat in te.
“You have made us for Yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in You.”
– Confessions of Augustine
On April 24, 387 AD, Saint Augustine was baptized at the Easter Vigil at age 32. His 15 year old son Adeodatus and his best friend Alypius were baptized along with him. Augustine had struggled since his teen years with making intellectual sense of his mother’s Catholic faith as well as his own moral life.
After his conversion, Baptism, Confirmation, and First Communion, Augustine concluded in his Confessions, “You have made us for Yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in You.”
Tonight, the members of the Class of 2014 received their rings, which were blessed at this evening’s Ring Mass. Headmaster Dr. Michael Marinelli reminded the Class of 2014 of the two phrases on the Archmere ring:
Pietate et Scientia
Ad Omne Opus bonum paratus
The first, which translates “Reverence and Wisdom,” is Archmere’s school motto. The latter, which translates “Prepared for every good work,” is the motto of the Norbertine Order. Norbertines follow the Rule of Saint Augustine.
As spiritual children of Augustine, may we be prepared for every good work, doing them with reverence and wisdom.
– Father McLaughlin