“Take courage” (John 16:33)
On This Date…
On May 18, 1920 Karol Josef Wojtyla was born in Poland. After he was elected pope in 1978, taking the name John Paul II, he often invited cardinals in Rome who were over the age of 80, and thus unable to vote in a papal election, to join him for lunch on this day, to get their thoughts on the needs of the church, and to show his appreciation for their wisdom and insights.
On May 18, 2013 Father Thomas Hagendorf, O.Praem., died suddenly in his parish in Wisconsin just before he was to celebrate Mass. He served at Archmere from 1964 to 1988, as librarian, college counselor, cafeteria director, teacher of religion and history, a member of the Board of Trustees, and the religious superior of the Norbertines.
In his first homily as pope Saint John Paul II said, “Be not afraid! Open the doors to Christ.” In today’s Gospel Jesus said, “Take courage”. Both Pope John Paul II and Father Hagendorf took courage and opened their doors to Christ.
– Father McLaughlin