Living for Jesus

Today’s Word:

 “The one who feeds on me will have life because of me” (John 6:57)


On This Date…

On April 15, 1134, Easter Sunday, Saint Norbert celebrated his last Mass, sitting in a chair due to illness; he died on June 6, 1134 at age 54.

On April 15, 1865, Holy Saturday, President Abraham Lincoln died from a gunshot wound at age 56; he was called “a great martyr to liberty.”

On April 15, 1889, Monday of Holy Week, Father Damian DeVeuster died at Molokai, Hawaii, of leprosy at age 49; he had served the lepers for 16 years, always addressing them as “we lepers.”

Saint Norbert, President Lincoln, and Father Damian took to heart Jesus’ words in today’s Gospel: “The one who feeds on me will have life because of me”.

– Father McLaughlin

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Eternal Life

Today’s Word:

“God so loved the world that he gave His only-begotten Son, so that everyone who believes in Him might not perish but might have eternal life” (John 3:16)


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Saint Norbert

On This Date…

On April 15, 1134, Easter Sunday, Saint Norbert celebrated his last Mass, sitting in a chair due to illness; he died on June 6, 1134 at age 54.

On April 15, 1865, Holy Saturday, President Abraham Lincoln died from a gunshot wound at age 56; he was called “a great martyr to liberty.”

On April 15, 1889, Monday of Holy Week, Father Damian DeVeuster died at Molokai, Hawaii, of leprosy at age 49; he had served the lepers for 16 years, always addressing them, “We lepers.”

At the Ring Mass tonight we heard these words: “God so loved the world that he gave His only-begotten Son, so that everyone who believes in Him might not perish but might have eternal life”. Saint Norbert, President Lincoln, and Father Damian believed these words and lived them.

– Father McLaughlin

 

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Nearer, my God, to Thee

Today’s Word:

There let the way appear steps unto heav’n;

All that thou sendest me in mercy giv’n;

Angels to beckon me nearer, my God, to Thee.

(Sarah Flower Adams, 1841)


On This Date…

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On April 15, 1134, Saint Norbert celebrated his last Mass on Easter Sunday. Due to illness, he had to remained seated throughout the Mass. He died on June 6, 1134, three days after Pentecost Sunday at age 54.

On April 15, 1889, Monday of Holy Week, Father Damian DeVeuster died of leprosy in Molokai, Hawaii at age 49. He had served the lepers on the island for 16 years. On April 15, 1969, his statue was placed in Statuary Hall in Washington, D.C. Father Damian was canonized on October 11, 2009.

On April 15, 1912, at 2:17 a.m., the RMS Titanic sunk after hitting an iceberg about three hours earlier. The last music played on the ship’s deck was the hymn, “Nearer my God to Thee!”

On April 15, 2013, there was a bombing at the Boston Marathon. Three people died and 250 were injured.

On April 15, 2014, the Jewish Community celebrates the first day of Passover.

On this day of Sacramental Reconciliation at Archmere, Tuesday of Holy Week, may we be nearer to our God who is so near to us.

– Father McLaughlin