My God, In You I Take Refuge

Today’s Word:

“O Lord, my God, in you I take refuge” (Psalm 7:2)


On This Date…

Reconstruction of the central Temple area in Jerusalem, 1st century

On March 12, 515 BC the Temple in Jerusalem, destroyed by the Babylonians in 586 BC, was re-dedicated. The Romans destroyed the Jewish Temple in 70 AD; it was not rebuilt.

On March 12, 604 AD Pope Saint Gregory the Great died in Rome at age 64; he had founded a music school, and “gregorian chant” is named for him. He wrote the Lenten hymn, “The Glory of These Forty Days.

On March 12, 1622 Saint Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits, was declared a saint; Jesuits run the following universities: Saint Joseph, Scranton, Loyola (Baltimore), Fordham, Georgetown, Boston (College).

On March 12, 1912 the “Girl Guides of America” was founded in Savannah, GA, with 18 members; in 1913 the name was changed to “Girl Scouts.”

On March 12, 1977 Jesuit Father Rutilio Grande was assassinated in El Salvador where he worked on behalf of the nation’s peasants; his murder inspired the newly appointed Archbishop Oscar Romero to speak out against poverty, injustice, and torture.

Today at Mass we prayed, “O Lord, my God, in you I take refuge”, a psalm prayed in the Jerusalem Temple and by Saint Gregory, Saint Ignatius, Father Grande, and Archbishop Romero.

– Father McLaughlin

Jesus Is Here With Us

Today’s Word:

“My heart is moved with pity for the crowd” (Matthew 15:32)


On This Date…

UnknownOn December 2, 1980 American Sisters Maura Clark, Ita Ford, Dorothy Kazel, and Miss Jean Donovan were raped and shot to death in El Salvador for their work helping refugees in El Salvador fleeing the violence between leftist fighters and right-wing government military. They had responded to the invitation of Archbishop Oscar Romero who himself was assassinated on March 24, 1980.

In today’s Gospel Jesus says, “My heart is moved with pity for the crowd”. The four churchwomen had great pity for the needy in El Salvador. Sister Dorothy said, “Jesus is Here with us” – the message of Advent.

– Father McLaughlin

Harden Not Your Hearts

Today’s Word:

“If today you hear God’s voice, harden not your hearts” (Psalm 95:8)


On This Date…

On March 12, 515 BC the Temple in Jerusalem, destroyed by the Babylonians in 586 BC, was rededicated.

On March 12, 604 AD Pope Gregory the Great died in Rome at age 64; “Gregorian Chant” is named after him.

On March 12, 1622 Saint Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits, was declared a saint, along with his college roommate, Saint Francis Xavier.

On March 12, 1912 the Girl Guides of America were founded in Savannah, GA; in 1913 the name was changed to Girl Scouts.

On March 12, 1977 Jesuit Father Rutilio Grande was assassinated in El Salvador for his work for the country’s poor; in 2014 a first step was taken toward his possible canonization.

Today at Kenosis Mr. Gabriel prayed “If today you hear God’s voice, harden not your hearts”.  God speaks each day through people and events.

– Father McLaughlin

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