Do You Love Me?

Today’s Word:

“Do you love me? Feed/tend lambs/sheep” (John 21:15-17)

On This Date…
UnknownOn May 13, 1917 the Blessed Mother appeared to three children (ages 10, 9, 7) at Fatima, Portugal; she appeared a total of 6 times in 5 months, asking the children to pray for conversion, repentance, and world peace.

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

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 gunman, 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 appeared in 1917: Francisco who died in 1919 at age 11 and Jacinta who died in 1920 at age 10.

In today’s Gospel on “Friday the 13th,” Jesus asks Simon Peter 3 times, “Do you love me? Feed/tend lambs/sheep” (John 21:15-17). The 3 Fatima children, Father Michael McLaughlin, and Pope John Paul II – all did as Jesus asked.

– Father McLaughlin

The Father’s Mercy

Today’s Word:

“…the living face of the Father’s mercy.”

 – Pope Francis

On This Date…


Pope Francis

On March 13, 2013 Pope Francis was elected pope on the 5th ballot, the first pope to choose the name “Francis.” He was born in 1936 in Buenos Aires, Argentina; he joined the Jesuits in 1958, was ordained priest in 1969, and was ordained bishop in 1992. His motto as bishop was “lowly but chosen” (cf. Matthew 9:9-13), a motto he has kept as pope.

In his homily today during a Penance Service at Saint Peter’s Basilica, Pope Francis announced a year of jubilee dedicated to the mercy of God, from December 8, 2015 to November 20, 2016, calling Jesus “the living face of the Father’s mercy.”  On this “Friday the 13th” we thank God for Pope Francis who is also “the living face of the Father’s mercy.”

– Father McLaughlin