Peace Be With You

Today’s Word:

“Peace be with you” (John 20:19)


On This Date…

Pope John Paul II

Pope John Paul II

On April 2, 2005, a Saturday, Pope John Paul II died in Rome just short of his 85th birthday (May 18th). He was baptized as Karol (Charles), named for his father. His mother died when Karol was 8 years old. Karol excelled in academics and drama, played soccer, and was very devout, going to the church next door to his apartment. His father died in 1941, when Karol was 21; he entered the seminary the next year and was ordained in 1946. He became the spiritual leader to a group of young adults, with whom he went kayaking and camping; he wrote poetry. He became a bishop in 1958, a cardinal in 1967, and pope in 1978. In his homily at his installation on October 22, 1978, he said, “Be not afraid! Open the doors to Christ.” He was canonized on April 27, 2014, Divine Mercy Sunday, an annual celebration inaugurated by Pope John Paul II, which this year began this evening.

In the Gospel for Divine Mercy Sunday, Jesus’ first words after coming through the door of the Upper Room on Easter Night, were ,”Peace be with you”, words of courage and mercy.

– Father McLaughlin

An “Openness to Being Surprised By God”

Today’s Word:

Today, looking forward to the World Youth Day, which has brought me to Brazil, I too come to knock on the door of the house of Mary – who loved and raised Jesus – that she may help all of us, pastors of God’s people, parents and educators, to pass on to our young people the values that can help them build a nation and world which are more just, united and fraternal.

For this reason I would like to speak of three simple attitudes: hopefulness, openness to being surprised by God, and living in joy.

– from Pope Francis’ homily at the Marian Shrine of Aparecido


On This Date…

July 25 is the feast of Saint James the Apostle.

On July 25, 1126, Saint Norbert was consecrated Archbishop of Magdeburg, Germany. When he arrived at Magdeburg on July 18, he took off his shoes, and walked into the city barefoot as a sign of humility and penance. Since 1120, Norbert had been living with his newly formed Norbertine community in Premontre, France.

Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida

Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida

Today, July 25, 2013, Pope Francis arrives in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for an afternoon prayer service at World Youth Day.

Yesterday, he celebrated Mass with 45,000 pilgrims at the Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida – Brazil’s most sacred shrine. In his homily, Pope Francis asked young people to adopt three postures: hopefulness, joyfulness, and “an openness to being surprised by God.”

– Father McLaughlin