Apostles of Peace

Today’s Word:

“Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 1:2)


On This Date…

UnknownOn October 13, 1793 Norbertine Father Pierre-Adrien Toulorge was guillotined at age 36 in Coutances, France during the French Revolution. Just before his death he forgave those who were executing him; his body was thrown into a common grave. Father Toulourge was beatified in 2012 in Coutances; today is his feast day.

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

Today at Mass we heard these words: “Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ”. The lives of Blessed Pierre-Adrien and Father Paider brought grace and peace to those they served – like Saint Norbert, “apostles of peace.”

– Father McLaughlin

Permanent Peace

Today’s Word:

“If I am not, may God put me there; and if I am, may God so keep me”

 – Joan of Arc


On This Date…

Saint Joan of ArcOn May 30, 1432 Joan of Arc from Orleans, France, a commander in the army, was burned at the stake at age 19, found guilty of witchcraft and heresy. Joan’s mother and two brothers asked that her case be reviewed; Joan was found innocent of all charges in 1456. She was canonized in 1920; she is the patron of France and of those wrongly accused.

On May 30, 1868 Memorial Day was established as a day to remember the 618,222 Americans who had died in the Civil War (1861-1865). In 1959 Congress proclaimed Memorial Day as a day of prayer for permanent peace. Since 1971 Memorial Day has be observed on the last Monday of May.

During her trial Joan of Arc was asked if she was in “the state of grace.” She replied, “If I am not, may God put me there; and if I am, may God so keep me” – words of “permanent peace.”

– Father McLaughlin

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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