“Peace Be With You”

Today’s Word:

Peace be with you. (Luke 24:36)


On This Date…

saint_augustine

On April 24, 387, Easter Sunday, Saint Augustine was baptized in Milan, Italy at age 32. Baptized along with him was his 15 year old son Adeodatus and his best friend Alypius.

After Baptism, they made their First Communion in the company of Augustine’s mother Saint Monica, who had prayed for Augustine’s intellectual and moral conversion since he was a teenager.

In today’s Gospel, Jesus appeared to the disciples on Easter night in the Upper Room and said, “Peace be with you.” Augustine received that peace on the day of his conversion.

– Father McLaughlin

Love Justice

Today’s Word:

Love justice…think of the Lord in goodness, and seek him in integrity of heart. (Wisdom 1:1)


On This Date…

Martin of Tours

Martin of Tours

On November 11, 397, Saint Martin, Bishop of Tours, France, was buried after having died on November 8 at age 81. He became a soldier at age 15, was baptized a Catholic at 18, and after leaving the army he became a monk, priest, and on July 4, 371, a bishop. While in the army, at about age 17, he cut his military cloak in half to give one half to a beggar who was cold.

On November 11, 1918, the armistice was signed ending World War I, at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. During WWI, 8,538,315 soldiers were killed, including 126,000 Americans. The name “Armistice Day” was changed in 1954 to “Veterans Day” to honor all those living and deceased, who have served in the military. According to today’s News Journal, there are 78,016 veterans living in Delaware.

Father Justin Diny, O.Praem.

Father Justin Diny, O.Praem.

On November 11, 1989, Father Justin Diny, O.Praem., Archmere’s 4th headmaster, died in Sacred Heart Hospital in Chester, Pennsylvania. He died at age 77 after suffering a heart attack and stroke. Father Diny had served Archmere for 51 years.

At Mass today we heard these words: “Love justice…think of the Lord in goodness, and seek him in integrity of heart.” Father Diny was just, good, and honest. May he rest in peace.

– Father McLaughlin

Love Is Our Greatest Gift

Today’s Word:

It is how much love we put in the doing that makes our offering something beautiful for God.
– Mother Teresa of Calcutta


On This Date…

On August 27, 387, Saint Monica died in Ostia, the seaport of Rome. After battling an illness for nine days, she died at age 65.

Monica & Augustine

Monica & Augustine

Monica had two sons and a daughter. She had prayed for the conversion of her oldest son, Saint Augustine, since he was 16 years old. Augustine was baptized at age 32 on April 24, 387, along with his own 16-year-old son Adeodatus. Saint Monica, who was present, became overjoyed at their baptisms.

Both Augustine and Adeodatus were with Monica when she died, and both were “overwhelmed with grief.”

Saint Monica’s last words were, “Nothing is far from God.”

Saint Monica not only prayed for Augustine’s conversion, but she also supported him during his 16-year journey toward God. She never faltered in her faith nor in her love for her son.

On August 27, 1910, Mother Teresa of Calcutta, India was born in Yugoslavia. At age 18, she entered the convent in Ireland, joining the Sisters of Loreto.

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That same year, she traveled as a missionary to India. She taught high school geography, and later became principal of a girls’ academy, Saint Mary’s. In 1948, Mother Teresa received permission to leave teaching, and she devoted her life to serving the poor in the slums of Calcutta. She served in India until her death in 1997.

Mother Teresa once said, “It is how much love we put in the doing that makes our offering something beautiful for God.”

Let us keep in mind the powerful words of Saint Monica and Mother Teresa as we embark upon a new school year here at Archmere.

– Father McLaughlin