Salt of the Earth

Saint Augustine

Saint Augustine

Today’s Word:

“The salt of the earth and the light of the world” (Matthew 5:13-14)


On This Date…

On August 28, 430AD Saint Augustine died in North Africa at age 75; in his Rule, followed by Norbertines, he asks us “to be of one mind and one heart on the way to God,” words that begin the Archmere Prayer.

On August 28, 1784 Father Junipero Serra died in Carmel, California at age 69; he became a Franciscan at age 17, and founded nine missions in California from San Diego to San Francisco, a distance of 514 miles.
On August 28, 1963 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his “I have a dream” speech to a multi-racial audience in Washington, DC, speaking of a time when the evils of prejudice and segregation would vanish.
In today’s Gospel Jesus called His disciples to be “the salt of the earth and the light of the world” (Matthew 5:13-14). Saint Augustine, Father Serra, and Dr. King were salt and light for our world, as is Father John Zagarella, O.Praem. whose birthday is today.

 – Father McLaughlin

Love Is Our Greatest Gift

Today’s Word:

It is how much love we put in the doing that makes our offering something beautiful for God.
– Mother Teresa of Calcutta


On This Date…

On August 27, 387, Saint Monica died in Ostia, the seaport of Rome. After battling an illness for nine days, she died at age 65.

Monica & Augustine

Monica & Augustine

Monica had two sons and a daughter. She had prayed for the conversion of her oldest son, Saint Augustine, since he was 16 years old. Augustine was baptized at age 32 on April 24, 387, along with his own 16-year-old son Adeodatus. Saint Monica, who was present, became overjoyed at their baptisms.

Both Augustine and Adeodatus were with Monica when she died, and both were “overwhelmed with grief.”

Saint Monica’s last words were, “Nothing is far from God.”

Saint Monica not only prayed for Augustine’s conversion, but she also supported him during his 16-year journey toward God. She never faltered in her faith nor in her love for her son.

On August 27, 1910, Mother Teresa of Calcutta, India was born in Yugoslavia. At age 18, she entered the convent in Ireland, joining the Sisters of Loreto.

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That same year, she traveled as a missionary to India. She taught high school geography, and later became principal of a girls’ academy, Saint Mary’s. In 1948, Mother Teresa received permission to leave teaching, and she devoted her life to serving the poor in the slums of Calcutta. She served in India until her death in 1997.

Mother Teresa once said, “It is how much love we put in the doing that makes our offering something beautiful for God.”

Let us keep in mind the powerful words of Saint Monica and Mother Teresa as we embark upon a new school year here at Archmere.

– Father McLaughlin