Emmanuel

Today’s Word:

“There was great calm”  (Mark 4:39)


On This Date…

At 9:30 AM today the congregation of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, gathered for Sunday worship, their first gathering since the shooting in their church on Wednesday evening during Bible Study of nine of their members, 6 women and 3 men, including the pastor, Rev. Clementa Pinckney. At 10:00 AM today many churches in Charleston, Protestant and Catholic, rang church bells in solidarity of faith and forgiveness, hope, and love.

At 12:38 PM EDT today summer began with the summer solstice, the day of most daylight in the calendar year. The sun rose this morning at 5:33AM and will set this evening at 8:34PM.

In today’s Gospel, Jesus said that our God is “a God of the living”. Saint Norbert and Saint John XXIII inspire us to be people of faith and patience, especially in illness.

Today is Father’s Day, first celebrated in Washington State on June 19, 1910, and established as a national holiday by President Nixon in 1972. It is celebrated on the third Sunday of June. Today is a day to remember all fathers, living and deceased. Rev. Pinckney, age 41, was the father of two children.

In today’s Gospel, Jesus, in a boat with His disciples, calmed the wind and sea during a storm – “There was great calm”. On this longest day we pray for calm and light in the hearts of our fathers and in the hearts of the members of Emanuel Church in Charleston. The name “Emanuel” means “God is with us.”

– Father McLaughlin

 

images

Celebrating Our Earthly Fathers

Today’s Word:

God so loved the world that He gave His only Son. (John 3:16)


On This Date…

isfrid

On June 15, 1204, Norbertine Bishop Isfrid died in Germany at age 90. He was born in 1115, and joined the Norbertine Order early on in its history. He became the superior of a Norbertine community in 1159, and later bishop in 1178.

Devotion to Isfrid as a saint was approved by Pope Benedict XIII in 1728.

On June 15, 1776, the members of the Delaware Assembly voted to end all connections with King George III of England. This “Separation Day” was the first big step toward independence.

delaware_seal

Today is Father’s Day. It was proposed by Sonora Dodd of Spokane, Washington to honor her father who was a Civil War veteran, and whose wife died in childbirth leaving him with six young children to care for.

Sonora Louise Smart Dodd

Sonora Louise Smart Dodd

Father’s Day was observed in Spokane beginning in 1910, and it was finally declared a national holiday in 1972 by President Richard M. Nixon.

Today is also Trinity Sunday. In the Gospel reading for today, Jesus says, “God so loved the world that He gave His only Son.” Jesus described God as a most generous father – a reminder to us to be grateful for our earthly fathers.

– Father McLaughlin