We Are Servants

Today’s Word:

“The greatest among you must be your servant” (Matthew 23:11)


On This Date…

On August 28, 430, Saint Augustine died in North Africa at age 75; he wrote the Rule by which Norbertines live. He wrote in his “Confessions“, published in 397, “Our hearts are restless, Lord, and they will never rest until they rest in You.”

On August 28, 1784, Father Junipero Serra died in Carmel, California at age 69; he became a Franciscan at age 17, and founded nine missions in California from San Diego to San Francisco, a distance of 514 miles. Pope Francis will canonize Father Serra in Washington, DC on September 23, 2015.

On August 28, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his “I have a dream” speech to a multi-racial audience in Washington, DC; many wept openly as Dr. King spoke of a time when the evils of prejudice and segregation would vanish.

At Mass today at Daylesford Abbey, during the Solemn Profession of Frater James Garvey, O.Praem., we heard these words of Jesus: “The greatest among you must be your servant”. Saint Augustine, Father Serra, and Dr. King were great in their service.

– Father McLaughlin

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Know Thyself & Serve

Today’s Word:

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


On This Date…

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.

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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

Saint Augustine: Wrestling with A Restless Heart

Today’s Word:

Fecisti nos ad te et inquietum est cor nostrum donec requiescat in te.

“You have made us for Yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in You.”

– Confessions of Augustine

On April 24, 387 AD, Saint Augustine was baptized at the Easter Vigil at age 32. His 15 year old son Adeodatus and his best friend Alypius were baptized along with him. Augustine had struggled since his teen years with making intellectual sense of his mother’s Catholic faith as well as his own moral life.

After his conversion, Baptism, Confirmation, and First Communion, Augustine concluded in his Confessions, “You have made us for Yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in You.”
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Tonight, the members of the Class of 2014 received their rings, which were blessed at this evening’s Ring Mass. Headmaster Dr. Michael Marinelli reminded the Class of 2014 of the two phrases on the Archmere ring:

Pietate et Scientia

Ad Omne Opus bonum paratus

The first, which translates “Reverence and Wisdom,” is Archmere’s school motto. The latter, which translates “Prepared for every good work,” is the motto of the Norbertine Order. Norbertines follow the Rule of Saint Augustine.

As spiritual children of Augustine, may we be prepared for every good work, doing them with reverence and wisdom.

– Father McLaughlin