Celebrating Pope Francis

Today’s Word:

“Seventy is the sum of our years, or eighty if we are strong” (Psalm 90:10)


On This Date…

UnknownOn December 17, 1936 Jorge Mario Bergoglio was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina to Italian immigrant parents. He was the oldest of five children. He studied chemistry in college. After college he entered the Jesuit Order and was ordained a priest on December 13, 1969. He was serving as archbishop of Buenos Aires when he was elected on March 13, 2013 as the 266th pope, taking the name “Francis” in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi.

The Psalmist wrote, “Seventy is the sum of our years, or eighty if we are strong”. At Evening Prayer this evening we sang, “Wisdom, O Holy Word of God, you govern all creation with your strong yet tender care.” At age 80 Pope Francis guides the Church with strong yet tender care.

– Father McLaughlin

The Face of Christ

Today’s Word:

“Neither do I condemn you” (John 8:11)


On This Date…

UnknownOn March 13, 2013 Pope Francis was elected on the 5th ballot as the 266th pope, the first pope to choose the name “Francis.” He was born in 1936 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, one of five children. He joined the Jesuits in 1958, was ordained a priest in 1969, and was ordained a bishop in 1992. His motto, as bishop and pope, is “lowly but chosen” (cf. Matthew 9:9-13).

Pope Francis has said, “The name of God is Mercy” and “The face of God is Jesus.” In today’s Gospel Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you”. Pope Francis has the face of Christ.

– Father McLaughlin

O Antiphons

Today’s Word:

“O Wisdom, O holy Word of God, you govern all creation with your strong yet tender care.”

 – December 17 “O Antiphon”


On This Date…

On December 17, 1936 Pope Francis was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, to Italian immigrant parents. He was the oldest of five children. He attended a vocational school and studied chemistry in college. After college he entered the Jesuit Order and was ordained a priest on December 13, 1969. He was serving as Archbishop of Buenos Aires when he was elected pope on March 13, 2013.

O Antiphons

O Antiphons

On December 17 every year, the Church begins the “O Antiphons.”  The “O Antiphon” for December 17 proclaims, “O Wisdom, O holy Word of God, you govern all creation with your strong yet tender care.” Pope Francis, now in his 80th year, governs the church with “strong yet tender care.”

– Father McLaughlin