Let Us Be Glad and Rejoice

Today’s Word:

 “This is the day the Lord has made; let us be glad and rejoice” (Psalm 118:24)


On This Date…

On April 19, 1775 the “shot heard round the world” was fired at Lexington, MA signaling the beginning of the American Revolution; today the Museum of the American Revolution opened at 123 Chestnut Street in Philadelphia, with former Vice President Joseph Biden, Archmere Class of 1961 speaking at the dedication.

On April 19, 1887 The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC was chartered; it opened in November 1889.

On April 19, 2005 Cardinal Josef Ratzinger was elected as Pope Benedict XVI; Pope Benedict resigned in 2013 and on Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017 he celebrated his 90th birthday.

Today at Mass we heard these words: “This is the day the Lord has made; let us be glad and rejoice” – words that help us thank God for America, for The Catholic University, and Pope Benedict.

– Father McLaughlin

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

 

The Lord Will Guard Us

Today’s Word:

“The Lord will guard us, as a shepherd guards his flock” (Jeremiah 31:10)


On This Date…

Pope Pius VII

On April 8, 1808 Pope Pius VII established the Catholic Diocese of Philadelphia. It included all of Pennsylvania, all of Delaware, and the southern half of New Jersey. Eleven dioceses now serve this area, eight of them in Pennsylvania. Philadelphia became an Archdiocese in 1875. There are now five counties in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia: Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery. Archbishop Charles Chaput, a Franciscan, became archbishop in 2011. Saint John Neumann and Saint Katharine Drexel are both buried in Philadelphia.

Today at Mass we prayed, “The Lord will guard us, as a shepherd guards his flock”. That is our prayer for all the members of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

– Father McLaughlin