Peace Be With You

Today’s Word:

“Peace be with you” (John 20:19)


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Pope John Paul II

On April 2, 2005, a Saturday, Pope John Paul II died in Rome just short of his 85th birthday (May 18th). He was baptized as Karol (Charles), named for his father. His mother died when Karol was 8 years old. Karol excelled in academics and drama, played soccer, and was very devout, going to the church next door to his apartment. His father died in 1941, when Karol was 21; he entered the seminary the next year and was ordained in 1946. He became the spiritual leader to a group of young adults, with whom he went kayaking and camping; he wrote poetry. He became a bishop in 1958, a cardinal in 1967, and pope in 1978. In his homily at his installation on October 22, 1978, he said, “Be not afraid! Open the doors to Christ.” He was canonized on April 27, 2014, Divine Mercy Sunday, an annual celebration inaugurated by Pope John Paul II, which this year began this evening.

In the Gospel for Divine Mercy Sunday, Jesus’ first words after coming through the door of the Upper Room on Easter Night, were ,”Peace be with you”, words of courage and mercy.

– Father McLaughlin

Roused by God

Today’s Word:

“The Lord God has given me a well-trained tongue, that I might know how to speak to the weary a word that will rouse them” (Isaiah 50:4)


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n March 23, 2008, Easter Sunday, at 9:44 AM, Abbot John Neitzel, O.Praem., the first abbot of Daylesford Abbey (1963-1989) died at Daylesford of cancer on his 84th birthday. During his final illness of he expressed a desire to die on Easter, and his last birthday was the only birthday of his life to fall outside of Lent. Abbot Neitzel was a high school teacher of Latin and English, Principal of Bishop Neumann High School in Philadelphia, and, after retiring as abbot,  pastor in Dauphin, PA. Abbot Neitzel was the first chairperson (1980-1989) of Archmere’s Board of Trustees.

At Mass today we heard in the first reading, “The Lord God has given me a well-trained tongue, that I might know how to speak to the weary a word that will rouse them”. God gave Abbot Neitzel the gift of being able to rouse the weary, and on Easter God roused him to newness of life.

– Father McLaughlin

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Sing to the Lord

Today’s Word:

“I will sing to the Lord, for he is gloriously triumphant” (Exodus 15:1)


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On April 4, 1968, shortly after 6:00 PM Dr. Martin Luther King was killed in Memphis, TN at age 39; the night before, in his final homily, he said, “I’m happy tonight. I’m not worried about anything. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.”

On April 4, 2015, the Jewish people celebrate the first day of Passover, marking that night when God freed them from slavery in Egypt. We heard of their victory tonight in the Easter Vigil: “I will sing to the Lord, for he is gloriously triumphant” – a perfect Easter proclamation as well.

– Father McLaughlin
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