“Whatever you did to one of these least of mine, you did for me”

Today’s Word:

“Whatever you did to one of these least of mine, you did for me” (Matthew 25:40)


On This Date…

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

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Beau Biden ’87

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 the First World War 8,538,315 armed forces 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, Delaware’s new National Guard headquarters in New Castle will be named in honor of the late Joseph R. (Beau) Biden, III ’87, who served in Iraq with the Delaware National Guard.

On November 11, 1989 Father Justin Diny, O.Praem., Archmere’s 4th headmaster, died in Sacred Heart Hospital in Chester, PA at age 77, after suffering a heart attack in The Patio during Mass. Father Diny served at Archmere for 51 years (1937-1944, 1946-1989).

In today’s Gospel Jesus said, “Whatever you did to one of these least of mine, you did for me” – so true of Saint Martin, Father Diny, and Beau Biden.

– Father McLaughlin

Lent 2014 Follows Mardi Gras Celebration

Today’s Word:

Dear brothers and sisters, may this Lenten season find the whole Church ready to bear witness to all those who live in material, moral, and spiritual destitution the Gospel message of the merciful love of God our Father.

– from Pope Francis’ 2014 Lenten Message


On This Date…

Click to listen to President Roosevelt's inaugural address.

Click to listen to President Roosevelt’s inaugural address.

On March 4, 1933, the faculty and whole student body of Archmere (22 students) attended the inauguration of President Franklin D. Roosevelt in Washington, D.C.

President Roosevelt was a member of the Democratic Party. Mr. John J. Raskob, who sold Archmere to the Norbertines in 1932, was Chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 1928 to 1932. Democratic Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Jr., Archmere Class of 1961, was inaugurated in 2013 for a second term. His son, Joseph R. “Beau” Biden, III, Archmere Class of 1987, is Delaware’s Attorney General.

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Today is Mardi Gras – literally, “Fat Tuesday,” the day before Ash Wednesday. During Lent, Catholics observe the following:

1. Those 14 years of age and older abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday and all Fridays of Lent;
2. Those 18 years of age to 60 years of age fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday (eating one full meal, two smaller meals, and not eating in between meals).

In feeling hunger for the food we like, we want to help those who are always hungry.

As Pope Francis said in his 2014 Lenten Message, “Dear brothers and sisters, may this Lenten season find the whole Church ready to bear witness to all those who live in material, moral, and spiritual destitution the Gospel message of the merciful love of God our Father.”

– Father McLaughlin