Blessed Eternity

Today’s Word:

“Light dawns for the just; and gladness, for the upright of heart” (Psalm 97:11)


On This Date…

Ruins of Chapel of Saint John the Baptist

Ruins of Chapel of Saint John the Baptist

On December 25, 1121 Saint Norbert and about forty companions professed religious vows in the chapel of Saint John the Baptist in Premontre, France, and so was born the Norbertine Order. According to a biography of Saint Norbert, “By the profession of this Rule (of Saint Augustine), on Christmas Day, one by one they voluntarily enrolled themselves into that city of blessed eternity.”

On December 25, 2016 the Jewish People observe the first day of Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, lighting a candle on each of the eight days of the celebration, recalling the re-dedication of the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem in December 164 BC.

The last time Hanukkah began on Christmas was in 1978 and the next time will be in 2027. At Mass today we prayed from the Hebrew Scriptures, “Light dawns for the just; and gladness, for the upright of heart”. The Feasts of Hanukkah and Christmas bring us light and joy and the promise of “blessed eternity.”

The Power of Family

Today’s Word:

“We can learn so much from Mary and Joseph … They help us to rediscover the vocation and mission of the family, of every family.” (Matthew 1:1-17)


On This Date…

On December 17, 1936, Jorge Mario Bergoglio was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina to Italian immigrant parents, the oldest of five children. He attended a vocational school, studied chemistry in college, and entered the Jesuit Order after college; he was ordained on December 13, 1969. He was serving as archbishop of Buenos Aires when he was elected on March 13, 2013 as the 266th pope.

Today is the first 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 12/14/164 BC), and a feast of thanksgiving (for the freedom to practice one’s faith). The first of eight candles was lighted last evening.

Today we hear the first “O Antiphon” at Mass – “O Wisdom … teach us your saving power.” That “wisdom” is the “scientia” in Archmere’s motto and one of the five key words of Archmere.

Pope Francis said today, regarding today’s Gospel, “We can learn so much from Mary and Joseph … They help us to rediscover the vocation and mission of the family, of every family.” With “wisdom” we can see God’s saving power in our families, and be lights for others, as Pope Francis has been for the world.

– Father McLaughlin

 

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