Hungry to Heal

Today’s Word:

For he had cured many and, as a result, those who had diseases were pressing upon Him to touch Him. (Mark 3:10)


On This Date…

Sister Marianne at the funeral of Father Damian deVeuster.

Sister Marianne at the funeral of Father Damian deVeuster.

Today is the feast day of Saint Marianne Cope (Koob), OSF. She emigrated from Germany to New York in 1840 at age 2, and joined the Sisters of Saint Francis in Syracuse, New York in 1862.

Marianne was a school teacher, administrator of the first hospital in Syracuse, and major superior of her community. In 1883, she accepted the request of King Kalakaua of Hawaii to go and serve the lepers. She sailed that year with six fellow Franciscan sisters.

Sister Marianne wrote, “I am hungry for the work and wish with all my heart to be one of the chosen ones.”

She moved to Molokai in 1888 to care for the lepers there, including Father Damian deVeuster who died in 1889. Sister Marianne died on August 9, 1918, and was canonized in 2012. A relative of hers, Father C. Albert Koob, O.Praem. is buried at Daylesford Abbey.

In today’s Gospel, we hear that Jesus “had cured many and, as a result, those who had diseases were pressing upon Him to touch Him.” Like Jesus, Sister Marianne brought the healing touch of God to others. May we also be “hungry for work.”

– Father McLaughlin

Remembering Lives of Service

Today’s Word:

She, from her poverty, has offered her whole livelihood.
(Luke 21:4)


On This Date…

On Saturday, November 25, 1893, Abbot Bernard Pennings, O.Praem., age 32, reached his first mission in America – Our Lady the Snows Parish in Delwiche, Wisconsin. In his first letter to his mother he wrote, “Although the journey was long and difficult, we did not suffer at all, thanks to your prayers and those of our friends and acquaintances.”

On November 25, 1963, President John Fitzgerald Kennedy, age 46, was buried in Arlington National Cemetery after the Mass of Christian Burial at the Cathedral of Saint Matthew in Washington, D.C. Leaders of 92 nations attended the Funeral Mass, and one million people lined the route from the US Capitol to the Cathedral. An eternal flame marks the grave in Arlington.

In today’s Gospel, Jesus commends a poor widow who gave two small coins, saying, “She, from her poverty, has offered her whole livelihood.” During this week of Thanksgiving, we recall the lives and service of Abbot Pennings and President Kennedy.

– Father McLaughlin

150 Years After Gettysburg

Today’s Word:

… this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom – and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
– from Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address


On This Date…

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On November 19, 1863, 150 years ago today, President Abraham Lincoln traveled to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania to speak at the dedication ceremony of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery. The cemetery commemorates the soldiers who fought and died at Gettysburg from July 1-3, 1863. At the Battle of Gettysburg, 3,155 Union soldiers died; 14,529 soldiers were wounded; and 5,365 soldiers were listed as “missing.” Confederate losses were even higher. The battle stands as the bloodiest three days of American history to date.

As President Lincoln looked upon the rows of graves, he said:

But, in a large sense, we cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate, we cannot hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here have consecrated it …from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion.

We can pray today, in the words of President Lincoln that “this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom – and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

– Father McLaughlin