Give Alms

Today’s Word:

“Give alms, and behold, everything will be clean for you” (Luke 11:41)


On This Date…

On October 13, 1793 Norbertine Father Peter Adrian Toulorge, O.Praem., was beheaded at age 36 in the city of Coutances, France, where he had been ordained in 1782. Just before his execution, during the French Revolution, Father Toulorge prayed, “My God, I place my life in Your hands. Forgive my enemies.” He was buried in a common grave with other martyrs and was beatified in 2012. Today is his feast day.

On October 13, 1985 Norbertine Father Roger Paider, O.Praem., Archmere’s 3rd headmaster (1945-1946), died of cancer at age 71. He was at Archmere from 1944 to 1961, serving as chemistry teacher, librarian, prefect of discipline, and grounds keeper. He is buried at Daylesford Abbey.

In today’s Gospel Jesus says, “Give alms, and behold, everything will be clean for you”. Blessed Peter Adrian and Father Paider generously placed their lives in God’s hands.

– Father McLaughlin

 

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Two Hearts That Faced Death Without Fear

Today’s Word:

Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid. (John 14:27)

On This Date…

On April 29, 1380, Saint Catherine of Siena died in Rome at age 33. Born in 1347 with a twin sister, she had 23 older siblings. Catherine inherited piety and concern for others from her father, and from her mother, drive and determination.

Catherine was canonized in 1461. In 1970, she was the first lay person to be made a Doctor of the Church.

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Ruins of Abbaye de Beauport
Brittany, France

On April 29, 2012, Norbertine Father Peter Adrian Toulorge, O.Praem., was beatified in France. Born in Normandy, France in 1757, he was ordained a priest in 1782. He joined the Norbertine Order in 1787.

During the French Revolution, Father Peter’s abbey was suppressed in 1790. He was arrested for being a priest and guillotined on October 13, 1793 at age 36.

Just before his execution, Father Peter exclaimed, “My God, I place my life in your hands! Forgive my enemies.”

In today’s Gospel, Jesus says, “Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.” Both Saint Catherine and Blessed Peter took Jesus’ words to heart.

– Father McLaughlin