Great Is Your Faith

Today’s Word:

“O woman, great is your faith” (Matthew 15:28)


On This Date…

Berne Abbey

Berne Abbey

On August 3, 1134 Berne Abbey in Holland was founded, just two months after the death of Saint Norbert. Berne Abbey sent three Norbertines to America in 1893, to serve as parish priests in Wisconsin; a total of 26 Norbertines came to America from Berne Abbey, including Abbot Bernard Pennings, the founder of Archmere Academy. Berne Abbey continues to exist today, carrying on Norbertine community life and ministry for 882 years. The letters from the pioneer Norbertines to America have been compiled into two volumes entitled “Letters Written in Good Faith.”

In today’s Gospel Jesus tells a woman, “O woman, great is your faith”. So was the faith of those 26 Norbertine missionaries to America from Berne Abbey.

– Father McLaughlin

Have Faith

Today’s Word:

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God; have faith also in me” (John 14:1)


On This Date…

On April 22, 1834 Abbot John Baptist L’Ecuy, O.Praem. died in Paris at age 95; he was the last abbot of Premontre, the first abbey founded by Saint Norbert in 1120. Abbot L’Ecuy’s heart is kept next to the tomb of Saint Norbert in Prague, Czech Republic; his body is kept in the Norbertine Abbey of Mondaye in Normandy, France.

On April 22, 1864 the United States Congress authorized the phrase “In God We Trust” on all two-cent coins; the next year the phrase was placed on all US coins; in 1956 “In God We Trust” officially became the motto of our country.

On April 22, 1970 Earth Day was first held in San Francisco, CA; at the United Nations today 175 countries signed the Paris Agreement, to safeguard the environment.

In today’s Gospel, Jesus says, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God; have faith also in me”. We care for our earth, with faith and trust.

– Father McLaughlin

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Great Is Your Faith

Today’s Word:

“O woman, great is your faith” (Matthew 15:28)


On This Date…

On August 5, 1932, Father Michael McKeough, O.Praem., Archmere’s 1st headmaster, arrived in Wilmington from Wisconsin; he took up residence at Archmere on August 8th.

On August 5, 1946, Father Justin Diny, O.Praem., was appointed Archmere’s 4th headmaster; he had previously taught at Archmere from 1937 to 1944.

On August 5, 1996, Father Robert Sliben, O.Praem., Archmere’s 2nd principal, died a week after falling in Saint Norbert Church in Paoli at the end of Mass; he served at Archmere from 1949 to 1991.

On August 5, 2002, Father George Feldman, O.Praem., 1936 graduate of Archmere, died in De Pere, Wisconsin; he served at Archmere from 1949 to 1958 as teacher and assistant headmaster.

On August 5, 435, the Basilica of Saint Mary Major was dedicated in Rome to honor Mary as the Mother of God; Archmere was dedicated to Our Lady in 1932.

In today’s Gospel Jesus said to the Canaanite mother, “O woman, great is your faith”. So was the faith of Our Lady and that of Fathers McKeough, Diny, Sliben, and Feldman.

– Father McLaughlin

 

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