Jesus spoke of the two key commandments: love of God and love of neighbor (Mark 12:30-31)
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Oscar Romero of El Salvador
On March 24, 1980 Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador was assassinated while celebrating Mass in a cancer hospital at age 63; he had been archbishop for three years. The day before his death he issued this plea to the members of the military: “In the name of God, in the name of our tormented people whose cries rise up to heaven, I beseech you, I beg you, I command you: Stop the repression.” Archbishop Romero was beatified in 2015 in a ceremony in San Salvador.
On March 24, 1985 Abbot Norbert Calmels, O.Praem. died in Paris of cancer at age 76. He was ordained a priest in 1934, elected Abbot of Frigolet Abbey in France in 1945, and elected Abbot General of the Norbertine Order in 1962. He was abbot general when Daylesford became an independent Norbertine community (1963) and an abbey (1971). He attended the dedication of Daylesford Abbey in 1967.
In today’s Gospel Jesus spoke of the two key commandments: love of God and love of neighbor. Archbishop Romero and Abbot Calmels loved God and neighbor “with all their hearts.”
“Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 1:2)
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On October 13, 1793 Norbertine Father Pierre-Adrien Toulorge was guillotined at age 36 in Coutances, France during the French Revolution. Just before his death he forgave those who were executing him; his body was thrown into a common grave. Father Toulourge was beatified in 2012 in Coutances; today is his feast day.
On October 13, 1985 Norbertine Father Roger Paider, Archmere’s third headmaster (1945-1946) died of cancer at age 71. He was at Archmere from 1944 to 1961, as chemistry teacher, librarian, prefect of discipline, and grounds keeper. He is buried at Daylesford.
Today at Mass we heard these words: “Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ”. The lives of Blessed Pierre-Adrien and Father Paider brought grace and peace to those they served – like Saint Norbert, “apostles of peace.”