Amazed With Joy and Gratitude

On This Date…

On February 5, 1988 Father Alexander Arendt, O. Praem. died at Daylesford Abbey at age 59. He served at Archmere from 1958 to 1976, as a teacher of German and English, and as registrar, academic dean, and assistant headmaster; he also served from 1980 to 1982, as campus minister.

Father Pedro Arrupe

Father Pedro Arrupe

On February 5, 1991 Father Pedro Arrupe, S.J., retired superior general of the Jesuit Order, died in Rome at age 83. He had been a missionary in Japan in 1945 when the atomic bomb was dropped, and his experience of the pain and suffering of the Japanese people forever defined him.

Father Arrupe later wrote, “What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination, will affect everything. It will decide what will get you out of bed in the morning, what you do with your evenings, how you spend your weekends, what you read, who you know, what breaks your heart, and what amazes you with joy and gratitude.” Mr. Carl Campion ’76 has served Archmere with love and we are “amazed with joy and gratitude.”

– Father McLaughlin

You Are a Lamp in a Dark Place; Spread The Light of Peace

Today’s Word:

You will do well to be attentive to it, as to a lamp shining in a dark place.
(2 Peter 1:19)


On This Date…

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On August 6, 1945, the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan. 75,000 people died instantly, and another 65,000 died in the following months from injuries and radiation sickness.

On August 6, 1978, Pope Paul VI died in Rome at age 80. He was the first pope to visit the United States. In December 1965, he addressed the United Nations General Assembly, pleading, “No more war! War never again!”

On August 6, 1457, the Church established the Feast of the Transfiguration. Peter, one of the three apostles present on the mountain during the Transfiguration, later wrote of what he heard God say that day, “You will do well to be attentive to it, as to a lamp shining in a dark place.”

The are still dark places that need God’s light and peace. We, too, can plead, “No more war! War never again!”

– Father McLaughlin