Believe

Today’s Word:

“Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled” (Luke 1:45)


On This Date…

Our Lady of Guadalupe

Our Lady of Guadalupe

On December 12, 1531, a Tuesday, Juan Diego Cuauhtlatzin, a peasant, was on his way to Mexico City to get a priest to hear the confession of his uncle who was very ill. The Blessed Mother appeared to Juan Diego and assured him that his uncle would recover. She told Juan Diego to go to the top of the hill where he found roses blooming in the frost. Juan Diego gathered them in his cloak and brought them to Our Lady who sent him to the bishop with the roses as proof of Our Lady’s request for a church to be built there. When Juan Diego opened his cloak to show the bishop the roses, the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe was imprinted on the cloak. That cloak now hangs above the main altar of the church that was built. Our Lady of Guadalupe is the patroness of the Americas.

Of our Lady, her cousin, Elizabeth, said in today’s Gospel, “Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled”. Like Our Lady, Juan Diego believed, a model for us.

– Father McLaughlin

Do You Love Me?

Today’s Word:

“Do you love me? Feed/tend lambs/sheep” (John 21:15-17)


On This Date…
UnknownOn May 13, 1917 the Blessed Mother appeared to three children (ages 10, 9, 7) at Fatima, Portugal; she appeared a total of 6 times in 5 months, asking the children to pray for conversion, repentance, and world peace.

On May 13, 1963 Father Michael McLaughlin, O.Praem., Archmere Class of 1938, died of cancer at age 42; he was the first member of Daylesford to die and is buried at Daylesford Abbey. He had taught math at Bishop Neumann High School in Philadelphia.

On May 13, 1981 Pope John Paul II was shot in Saint Peter’s Square in Rome; after he recovered the pope met with the gunman, forgave him, and made peace.

On May 13, 2000 Pope John Paul II went to Fatima to beatify two of the children to whom the Blessed Mother appeared in 1917: Francisco who died in 1919 at age 11 and Jacinta who died in 1920 at age 10.

In today’s Gospel on “Friday the 13th,” Jesus asks Simon Peter 3 times, “Do you love me? Feed/tend lambs/sheep” (John 21:15-17). The 3 Fatima children, Father Michael McLaughlin, and Pope John Paul II – all did as Jesus asked.

– Father McLaughlin

Pray For Us Sinners

Today’s Word:

“Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.”

 – from the Hail Mary


On This Date…

On May 13, 1917 the Blessed Mother appeared to three children, ages 10, 9, 7, at Fatima, Portugal; she appeared a total of six times in five months, asking the children to pray for conversion, repentance, and world peace.

On May 13, 1963 Father Michael McLaughlin, O.Praem., Archmere Class of 1938, died of cancer at age 42; he was the first member of Daylesford to die and is buried at Daylesford Abbey. He had taught math at Bishop Neumann High School in Philadelphia.

On May 13, 1981 Pope John Paul II was shot in Saint Peter’s Square in Rome; after he recovered the pope met with the man who shot him, forgave him, and made peace.

On May 13, 2000 Pope John Paul II went to Fatima to beatify two of the children to whom the Blessed Mother had appeared in 1917: Francisco who died in 1919 at age 11, and Jacinta who died in 1920 at age 10.

On this day we pray, as Francisco and Jacinta did: “Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.”

– Father McLaughlin

 

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