Living for Jesus

Today’s Word:

 “The one who feeds on me will have life because of me” (John 6:57)


On This Date…

On April 15, 1134, Easter Sunday, Saint Norbert celebrated his last Mass, sitting in a chair due to illness; he died on June 6, 1134 at age 54.

On April 15, 1865, Holy Saturday, President Abraham Lincoln died from a gunshot wound at age 56; he was called “a great martyr to liberty.”

On April 15, 1889, Monday of Holy Week, Father Damian DeVeuster died at Molokai, Hawaii, of leprosy at age 49; he had served the lepers for 16 years, always addressing them as “we lepers.”

Saint Norbert, President Lincoln, and Father Damian took to heart Jesus’ words in today’s Gospel: “The one who feeds on me will have life because of me”.

– Father McLaughlin

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100th Mother’s Day

Today’s Word:

As the living Father sent me and I draw life from the Father, so whoever eats me will also draw life from me. (John 6:57).


On This Date…

Ann Maria Jarvis and daughter Anna.

Ann Maria Jarvis and daughter Anna.

On May 9, 1914, 100 years ago today, President Woodrow Wilson signed a resolution for a national day to honor mothers – Mother’s Day.

It was on May 9, 1905, that Mrs. Anna Reeves Jarvis died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. On May 9, 1907, her daughter arranged a gathering in her home to remember and pray for her mother, who had been a Sunday School teacher at Andrews Methodist Episcopal Church in Grafton, West Virgnia.

The first state to officially recognize Mother’s Day was West Virginia. The first public celebration of Mother’s Day took place on May 10, 1908.

As we prepare for Mother’s Day this year on Sunday, May 11, let us remember and pray for our life-giving mothers who dedicate their lives to their children.

– Father McLaughlin