Do Not Be Afraid

Today’s Word:

“Do not be afraid” (Matthew 28:10)


On This Date…

On April 15, 1134, Easter Sunday, Saint Norbert celebrated his last Mass; he died of illness on June 6 at age 54.

On April 15, 1865, Holy Saturday, President Abraham Lincoln died at age 56; he had begun his 2nd term 41 days earlier, and placed on coins “In God We Trust.”

On April 15, 1889, Monday of Holy Week, Father Damian DeVeuster died of leprosy at Molokai, Hawaii at age 49, after serving the lepers for 16 years; he was canonized in 2009.

On April 15, 1912 The Titanic sunk after hitting an iceberg; the last music to be played on board was the hymn, “nearer My God to Thee!”

On April 15, 1947 Jackie Robinson broke baseball’s color barrier.

On April 15, 2013 there was a bombing at the Boston Marathon, killing 3 and injuring 250.

On April 15, 2017 we hear these words of Jesus in tonight’s Gospel: “Do not be afraid”. We trust God who is near, without fear.

– Father McLaughlin

 

Nearer, my God, to Thee

Today’s Word:

There let the way appear steps unto heav’n;

All that thou sendest me in mercy giv’n;

Angels to beckon me nearer, my God, to Thee.

(Sarah Flower Adams, 1841)


On This Date…

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On April 15, 1134, Saint Norbert celebrated his last Mass on Easter Sunday. Due to illness, he had to remained seated throughout the Mass. He died on June 6, 1134, three days after Pentecost Sunday at age 54.

On April 15, 1889, Monday of Holy Week, Father Damian DeVeuster died of leprosy in Molokai, Hawaii at age 49. He had served the lepers on the island for 16 years. On April 15, 1969, his statue was placed in Statuary Hall in Washington, D.C. Father Damian was canonized on October 11, 2009.

On April 15, 1912, at 2:17 a.m., the RMS Titanic sunk after hitting an iceberg about three hours earlier. The last music played on the ship’s deck was the hymn, “Nearer my God to Thee!”

On April 15, 2013, there was a bombing at the Boston Marathon. Three people died and 250 were injured.

On April 15, 2014, the Jewish Community celebrates the first day of Passover.

On this day of Sacramental Reconciliation at Archmere, Tuesday of Holy Week, may we be nearer to our God who is so near to us.

– Father McLaughlin