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…
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