Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today’s Word:

“New wine is poured into fresh wineskins” (Mark 2:22)


On This Date…

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

On January 15, 1929 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was born in Atlanta, Georgia. His father was the pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta; his mother was the daughter of the previous pastor of Ebenezer Church. In high school Dr. King skipped both the 9th and 12th grades. He entered Morehouse College at age 15; at the end of his junior year he resolved to enter the seminary; he was ordained a minister during his senior year in college. From 1948 to 1951 he earned a Bachelor of Divinity Degree at Crozer Theological seminary in Chester, PA; he was valedictorian. He married his wife, Coretta, in 1953.

In the Gospel for tomorrow, the official birthday this year for Dr. King, Jesus says, “New wine is poured into fresh wineskins”. One commentator noted that Dr. King’s message – “freedom for slaves in law and in fact, without blood being shed, save his own” – is an example of new wine in fresh wineskins. May people say of us, “They are filled with new wine” (Acts 2:13).

Restless is the Heart Until it Comes to Rest in You

On This Date…

On August 28, 430 AD Saint Augustine died in North Africa at age 75; he wrote the Rule by which Norbertines live. He wrote in his Confessions, “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 from San Diego to San Francisco, a distance of 514 miles. Pope Francis canonized Father Serra last September in Washington, DC.

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.

On August 28, 2016 Father David Driesch, O.Praem. made his Solemn Profession as a Norbertine of Daylesford Abbey. At Communion we sang these words: “Restless is the heart until it comes to rest in you.”  Saint Augustine, Father Serra, Dr. King, and Father Driesch inspire us to rest in the Lord.

– Father McLaughlin

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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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