Saint Mother Teresa

Today’s Word:

“Is it lawful to do good on the sabbath … to save life?” (Luke 6:9)


On This Date…

On September 5, 1997 Mother Teresa of Calcutta, India died at her convent in Calcutta ten days after her 87th birthday. Yesterday in Rome Pope Francis declared her a saint and today is her first official feast day.

In today’s Gospel Jesus healed a man’s withered hand on the Sabbath, asking the question, “Is it lawful to do good on the sabbath … to save life?”. In 1982 Mother Teresa told a group of American journalists, “You cannot do what I do, I cannot do what you do, but together we can do something beautiful for God” – an inspiring Labor Day message.

– Father McLaughlin

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This Is The Day That The Lord Has Made

Today’s Word:

“This is the day that the Lord has made.” (Psalm 118:24)


On This Date…

On September 23, 1968 Franciscan Father Pius (Padre Pio) died in his monastery in Italy at age 88; he had experienced the wounds of Jesus on his own body beginning in 1910, resulting in much loss of blood and great pain. He drew many to his confessional, to confess their sins and receive his counsel. He was canonized on June 16, 2002.

On September 23, 2015, at 4:15 PM today, Pope Francis will canonize Father Junipero Serra, also a Franciscan priest, at a Mass on the campus of Catholic University of America, Washington, DC, the first canonization to be held in America. Father Serra founded nine missions in California before his death on August 28, 1784.

At 9:30 AM today Pope Francis was welcomed to the White House by President Barack Obama and Vice President Joseph Biden (Archmere, Class of 1961). Both the President and Vice President met Pope Francis at the airport yesterday.

Today is Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, the holiest day of the Jewish Year. The feast began at sundown last evening; the sound of the ram’s horn invited Jews to remember the dead, atone for misdeeds of the past year, and ask God for another year of life.

Tonight at sundown Muslims will begin the celebration of Eid al-Adha, also known as the Feast of Sacrifice, which recalls the willingness of Abraham to sacrifice his son, Isaac, in response to God’s request. Muslims will beg for mercy from God, who, in the end spared the life of Isaac.

At 4:21 AM EDT today Fall began, with the autumnal equinox (“equal night”); there is equal amounts of day and night. The Heritage Dictionary notes that Autumn is “a time or period of maturity verging on decline.” However, on this day, as we recall Padre Pio and Father Serra, Yom Kippur and Eid al-Adha, we say, as President Obama said to Pope Francis this morning, “This is the day that the Lord has made”.

– Father McLaughlin

Martyrs Adrian & James

Today’s Word:

As you go make this proclamation: ‘The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.’ (Matthew 10:7)


On This Date…

SS. Adrian Jansen and James Lacops

SS. Adrian Jansen and James Lacops

On July 9, 1572, Norbertine Fathers Adrian Jansen and James Lacops were hanged in Holland for their loyalty to the Catholic faith. They were among 19 other priests, referred to as the Martyrs of Gorkum, who were killed that day. Both men were members of the Abbey of Middelburg in Holland.

Adrian had joined the community at age 15. He was the pastor of the parish, and James was his assistant. Adrian was 43 and James, 30, at the time of their deaths. They were beatified on November 24, 1675, and later canonized on June 29, 1877.

In today’s Gospel, Jesus tells the newly sent twelve Apostles: “As you go make this proclamation: ‘The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.'”

Fathers Adrian and James made that proclamation with their lives and deaths.

– Father McLaughlin