Moved With Pity

Today’s Word:

Jesus is “moved with pity” for a leper. (Mark 1:41)


On This Date…

Saint Godfrey

Saint Godfrey

January 14 is the feast day of Norbertine Saint Godfrey. He was born into wealth and nobility in 1097, and married his wife, Jutta, in his early 20’s. Godfrey met Saint Norbert in 1121 in Cologne, Germany and was immediately inspired by Norbert’s life and preaching. Saint Norbert professed vows on December 25, 1121 and Godfrey handed over his castle to Norbert on May 31, 1122; it was the first Norbertine monastery in Germany. Godfrey and Jutta became Norbertines as did Godfrey’s younger brother. They cared for the poor and the sick in the hospital attached to the castle. Godfrey died on January 13, 1127.

In today’s Gospel Jesus is “moved with pity” for a leper. Like Jesus, Saint Godfrey had pity on the sick and the poor, a model for us in this “Year of Mercy.”

– Father McLaughlin

Lower Your Nets

Today’s Word:

“Put out into deep water and lower your nets for a catch” (Luke 5:4)


On This Date…

On February 17, 1178, Norbertine Bishop Evermode died Unknownin Ratzeburg, Germany at age 78. He was born in Belgium and was 20 years old when he met Saint Norbert and joined the new community in France in 1120. From that time he accompanied Saint Norbert on all of his journeys, became Norbert’s closest friend, and was with Saint Norbert when he died on June 6, 1134 in Magdeburg, Germany. In 1138 Evermode became head of the Norbertine community in Magdeburg. In 1154 he became bishop of Ratzeburg, known for his zeal and justice. He interceded for prisoners who were badly treated, welcoming them to Mass and freeing them from chains.

This year a Norbertine seminarian in California painted a picture of Saint Norbert, with Saint Evermode to his left holding in his cupped hands a pool of his tears shed at the death of Saint Norbert. On this Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday, we are inspired by the zeal of Saint Evermode to “Put out into deep water and lower your nets for a catch”, Jesus’ words in today’s Gospel.

– Father McLaughlin

Tend, Feed, Protect

Today’s Word:

Do you love me? …Feed my lambs …Tend my sheep …Feed my sheep. (John 21:15-17)


On This Date…

Norberts

On June 6, 1134, the Wednesday after Pentecost Sunday, Saint Norbert died in Magdeburg, Germany at age 54. He had been ill for several months with malaria, suffering sever headaches and high fever.

He was fully conscious at the moment of death, gave his blessing to the community gathered at his bedside, uttered the name of Christ, and died peacefully. His Funeral Mass and burial took place on June 11, 1134 in Magdeburg.

Operation Toy Drop

On June 6, 1944, D-Day, 60,000 Allied troops invaded Normandy, France. Of them, 9,387 are buried in the nearby American cemetery.

General James M. Gavin, commander of the 82nd Airborne Division paratroopers, told his troops, “When you land in Normandy, you will have only one friend, God.”

In today’s Gospel, the Risen Jesus asked Simon Peter three times at the Sea of Galilee, “Do you love me?” When Peter responded that he did, Jesus said, “Feed my lambs …Tend my sheep …Feed my sheep.”

Saint Norbert tended and fed his Norbertine community, as did those who gave their lives in Normandy, France, 70 years ago today.

– Father McLaughlin