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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Pope Francis Governs The Church With Wisdom

Today’s Word:

O Wisdom, you came forth from the mouth of the Most High and, reaching from beginning to end, you ordered all things mightily and sweetly. Come, and teach us the way of prudence. (Ecclesiasticus 24:3, Wisdom 8:1)

– O Sapienta antiphon


On This Date…

On December 17, 1936, Jorge Mario Bergoglio, S.J., was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina to Italian immigrant parents. He was the oldest of five children. He attended a vocational school and studied chemistry in college. After college, he entered the Jesuit Order and was ordained a priest on December 3, 1969. He was serving as archbishop of Buenos Aires when he was elected on March 13, 2013, as the 266th pope, taking the name “Francis” in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi (1182-1226).

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In this week’s Time Magazine, Nancy Gibbs wrote, “For committing the world’s largest church to confronting its deepest issues and for balancing judgement with mercy, Pope Francis is Time’s 2013 Person of the Year.” Pope Francis said, “We should appear as joyful messengers of challenging proposals, guardians of the goodness and beauty which shine forth in a life of fidelity to the Gospel.”

In the words of today’s antiphon, O Wisdom, Pope Francis governs the church with “strong and yet tender care.”

-Father McLaughlin