“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