Living According to God’s Will

Today’s Word:

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted. (Psalm 34:19a)

On This Date…


On April 4, 1968, at 6:05 p.m., Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was shot as he stood on the balcony of his motel room in Memphis, Tennessee. He died an hour later at Saint Joseph Hospital in Memphis at age 39.

Following the footsteps of his father and maternal grandfather who were both Baptist ministers, Dr. King resolved to enter the ministry at the end of his junior year of college. He was ordained the following year at age 19, four months before his college graduation.

After studies in Chester, Pennsylvania, and Boston, Massachusetts, he was assigned to a church in Montgomery, Alabama. The next year, Mrs. Rosa Parks, a black seamstress, refused to give up her seat to a white man. In the turmoil that followed, Dr. King was drafted to lead the protest. While sitting alone in his kitchen, he received a death threat by telephone, after which he turned his life over to God.

Dr. King received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. Death threats, imprisonments, and knife attacks all befell him. On the evening of April 3, 1968, he said in a speech, “I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will.”

Inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we can pray the words of today’s psalm, “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted.”

– Father McLaughlin

Just Do It

Today’s Word:

Here I am, Lord; I come to do Your will. (Psalm 40:9)

On This Date…

On August 22, 1932, the first meeting of the Archmere Corporation occurred in the DuPont Building in Wilmington. Abbot Bernard Pennings, O.Praem., Father Michael McKeough, O.Praem., and Father Daniel Hurley, O.Praem., were named Members of the Corporation.


Hotel du Pont & DuPont Building, April 1932.
Hagley Archives.

Later that day, Father McKeough wrote to Abbot Pennings in Wisconsin, “We are feeling fine and are working hard to get the new school ready.”

As of August 22, 2013, there are three Members of the Archmere Corporation: Abbot Richard Antonucci, O.Praem. (Archmere teacher from 1973-75), Father Steven Albero, O.Praem. (Archmere teacher from 1992-95), and Mr. Michael Boyd ’59. Mr Body is a former Trustee (1993-96), and he is also the father of two graduates, Jennifer ’85 and Timothy ’93.

At Mass today we pray, “Here I am Lord; I come to do Your will.” Today we think of all the members of the Archmere Corporation who, over the past 81 years, have helped Archmere to discern God’s will and do it.

– Father McLaughlin