Feast of Norbertine Sister Emily Podoska

Today’s Word:

I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy might be complete. (John 15:11)


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Sister Emily Podoska

Sister Emily Podoska

On May 22, 1889, Norbertine Sister Emily Podoska died at her convent in Cracow, Poland. She was the 11 of 16 children.

She entered the convent at age 27, and after teaching for three years she became the head of the school. She held that position for five years before being put in charge of the training of novices for her community.

Sister Podoska brought to her community life and her work the gifts of respect, zeal, reverence, and wisdom. She died of pneumonia and tuberculosis. In March 1993, the diocesan process of her beatification was opened in Cracow.

Dioecesis Fresnensis

Dioecesis Fresnensis

In the United States, there are two convents of Norbertine sisters. Twenty-six contemplative sisters are at Saint Joseph Priory, located in Tehachapi, California, under the Diocese of Fresno. Three apostolic sisters are at Saint Peter and Paul Parish, located in Wilmington, California, under the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

Archidioecesis Angelorum in California

Archidioecesis Angelorum in California

In their prayer and work, these Norbertine nuns follow in the footsteps of sister Emily Podoska, and affirm Jesus’ words that we hear in today’s Gospel, “I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy might be complete.”

– Father McLaughlin

Know Thyself & Serve

Today’s Word:

O Lord, you have searched me and You know me.
(Psalm 139:1)


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Augustine's Confessions

Augustine’s Confessions

On August 28, 430, Saint Augustine died in North Africa at age 75. Norbertines live according to the Rule of Augustine, a guide to religious life that Augustine wrote around the year 400.

In his Confessions, published in 397, Augustine writes:

Our hearts are restless, Lord, and they will never rest until they rest in You.

On August 28, 1784, Father Junípero Serra died in Carmel, California at age 69.

junipero_serra

At age 17, he joined the Franciscan Order. As a friar, Junípero founded nine missions between San Diego and San Francisco – a distance of 514 miles.

In 1931, a statue of Father Serra (left), sculpted by Ettore Cadorin, was placed in Statuary Hall in Washington, D.C.

On August 28, 1963, fifty years ago today, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to a multi-racial audience in Washington, D.C. Many wept openly as Dr. King spoke of a time when the evils of prejudice and segregation would vanish.

The works of Saint Augustine, Father Serra, and Dr. King remind us that we are each called to serve one another, and in turn, serve God. These three individuals inspire us all to say today’s Mass psalm, “O Lord, you have searched me and You know me.”

– Father McLaughlin