Everlasting Joy

Today’s Word:

“Those whom the Lord has ransomed will return and enter Zion singing, crowned with everlasting joy. They will meet with joy and gladness; sorrow and mourning will flee” (Isaiah 35:10)


On This Date…

On December 7, 374 Saint Ambrose was consecrated bishop of Milan, Italy. In 387 Saint Ambrose baptized Saint Augustine whose rule Saint Norbert later used as the Rule for Norbertine life.

On December 7, 1941 Pearl Harbor was bombed, drawing the United States into World war II. On that Sunday morning 2,4003 Americans lost their lives on a “Date which will live in infamy.”

On December 7, 2015, today, Jewish People celebrate the first day of the eight-day Feast of Hanukkah (the festival began at sundown last evening). The festival celebrates the re-dedication of the Jerusalem Temple in 164 BC. On each day a candle is lighted on the menorah (“lamp”), until all nine candles are lighted by December 14th, the actual date of rededication in 164.

Today at Mass we heard these words from the Hebrew Scriptures: “Those whom the Lord has ransomed will return and enter Zion singing, crowned with everlasting joy. They will meet with joy and gladness; sorrow and mourning will flee”. That is our wish for all who celebrate Hanukkah and remember Pearl Harbor.

– Father McLaughlin

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Created and Called, Gifted and Sent

Today’s Word:

Created and Called, Gifted and Sent


On This Date…

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Today is the eighth and final day of the Jewish Feast of Hanukkah – a feast of faithfulness to the Jewish Law, a feast of dedication (re-dedication of the Jewish Temple on Dec. 14, 164 BC), and a feast of thanksgiving (for the freedom to again practice one’s faith).

With Hannukah beginning on Thanksgiving Day, it is a feast more of giving thanks than of giving gifts. Hanukkah last began on Thanksgiving Day in 1918, and the two holidays will not coincide again until 2070. It is also a special day for us to focus on the theme of this year’s retreats: Created and Called, Gifted and Sent, for which we give thanks to God.

– Father McLaughlin