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


Take Courage in God’s Call

Today’s Word:

Take courage, it is I, do not be afraid. (Mark 6:50)


On This Date…

On Sunday, January 8, 1933, at 4 p.m., the first series of Winter Concerts was inaugurated in The Patio, sponsored by the Archmere Mothers’ Guild. The Helena Springer Green Concert Series continues that tradition this year, most recently on December 15, with a concert by 36 alumni Archmere Mastersingers from 1983 to 2008.

On January 8, 1735, John Carroll was born in Maryland. After attending a Jesuit grammar school, he joined the Jesuits at age 18 and was ordained a priest at age 34. John’s brother, Daniel, signed the Constitution; John’s cousin, Charles, signed the Declaration of Independence.


John Carroll was chosen by Pope Pius VI to be the first bishop of the first diocese in America, established by Rome in 1788. The diocese extended westward from the Atlantic Ocean to the Mississippi River, and from Canada down to Florida.

Bishop Carroll was a close friend of President George Washington, and he delivered a funeral tribute when President Washington died in 1799.

In today’s Gospel, Jesus said to the Apostles in a boat during a storm, “Take courage, it is I, do not be afraid.” As priest and bishop John Carroll “took courage” in responding to God’s call.

– Father McLaughlin