Pray Urgently For World Peace

Today’s Word:

“If you ask anything in my name, I will do it” (John 14:14)


On This Date…

On May 13, 1917 the Blessed Mother appeared to three children (ages 10, 9, 7) at Fatima, Portugal; she appeared a total of six times, asking the children to pray for conversion, repentance and world peace. World War I was being fought from 1914 to 1918.

On May 13, 1963, Father Michael McLaughlin, O.Praem., Archmere Class of 1938, died of cancer at age 42 – the first member of Daylesford to die; he is buried at Daylesford Abbey. He had taught math at Bishop Neumann High School.

On May 13, 1981 Pope John Paul II was shot in Saint Peter’s Square in Rome; after he recovered the pope met with the man who shot him, forgave him, and made peace.

On May 13, 2000 Pope John Paul II went to Fatima to beatify two of the children to whom the Blessed Mother had appeared in 1917: Francisco who died in 1919 at age 11, and Jacinta who died in 1920 at age 10; both died of influenza.

On May 13, 2017, earlier today, Pope Francis canonized Francisco and Jacinta at Fatima, saying, “We declare the blissful Francisco Marto and Jacinta Marto saints.” The two were brother and sister.

In today’s Gospel Jesus says, “If you ask anything in my name, I will do it”. Inspired by Francisco and Jacinta, let us pray urgently for world peace.

– Father McLaughlin

The First Day of Passover

On This Date…

Today is the first day of the Jewish Passover (it began at sundown last evening). Passover will end at sundown on Tuesday, April 18. Passover seders occur on the evenings of April 10 and 11. The main food is matzah, unleavened bread. During the seder there will be the retelling of the events of the Exodus from Egypt under the leadership of Moses, freeing the Israelites from slavery.

Christians will re-live the Exodus on Holy Thursday, April 13. We shall hear at the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, “This day shall be a memorial feast for you, which all your generations shall celebrate”. Jews and Christians alike are united in these special holy days.

– Father McLaughlin

The Lord Will Guard Us

Today’s Word:

“The Lord will guard us, as a shepherd guards his flock” (Jeremiah 31:10)


On This Date…

Pope Pius VII

On April 8, 1808 Pope Pius VII established the Catholic Diocese of Philadelphia. It included all of Pennsylvania, all of Delaware, and the southern half of New Jersey. Eleven dioceses now serve this area, eight of them in Pennsylvania. Philadelphia became an Archdiocese in 1875. There are now five counties in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia: Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery. Archbishop Charles Chaput, a Franciscan, became archbishop in 2011. Saint John Neumann and Saint Katharine Drexel are both buried in Philadelphia.

Today at Mass we prayed, “The Lord will guard us, as a shepherd guards his flock”. That is our prayer for all the members of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

– Father McLaughlin