May God Bless Us All

Today’s Word:

“My yoke is easy and my burden light” (Matthew 11:30)

On This Date…

Father Aloysius H. Schmitt

Father Aloysius H. Schmitt

On December 7, 374 Saint Ambrose was consecrated the bishop of Milan; in 387 he baptized 32 year old Saint Augustine.

On December 7, 1787 Delaware was the first state to ratify the Constitution; thus, Delaware is called “The First State.”

On December 7, 1941, a Sunday, Pearl Harbor in Hawaii was attacked at 7:50 AM; a total of 21 ships were destroyed or damaged; 2,388 were killed; and about 2,000 were injured.

On December 7, 1965 the Second Vatican Council issued the “Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World,” stressing the dignity of the human person.

Among those who died 75 years ago in Pearl Harbor was Father Aloysius Schmitt, age 32, the first Catholic chaplain to be killed in action. He had just celebrated Mass on the USS Oklahoma when the ship was hit. He ministered to the wounded and dying. When the call came to abandon ship, he could not get out; he told others to pull him out of the way to provide a way out for others. His last words were “Please let go of me, and may God bless you all.” Father Schmitt epitomized Jesus’ words in today’s Gospel: “My yoke is easy and my burden light”.

– Father McLaughlin