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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Hungry to Heal

Today’s Word:

For he had cured many and, as a result, those who had diseases were pressing upon Him to touch Him. (Mark 3:10)


On This Date…

Sister Marianne at the funeral of Father Damian deVeuster.

Sister Marianne at the funeral of Father Damian deVeuster.

Today is the feast day of Saint Marianne Cope (Koob), OSF. She emigrated from Germany to New York in 1840 at age 2, and joined the Sisters of Saint Francis in Syracuse, New York in 1862.

Marianne was a school teacher, administrator of the first hospital in Syracuse, and major superior of her community. In 1883, she accepted the request of King Kalakaua of Hawaii to go and serve the lepers. She sailed that year with six fellow Franciscan sisters.

Sister Marianne wrote, “I am hungry for the work and wish with all my heart to be one of the chosen ones.”

She moved to Molokai in 1888 to care for the lepers there, including Father Damian deVeuster who died in 1889. Sister Marianne died on August 9, 1918, and was canonized in 2012. A relative of hers, Father C. Albert Koob, O.Praem. is buried at Daylesford Abbey.

In today’s Gospel, we hear that Jesus “had cured many and, as a result, those who had diseases were pressing upon Him to touch Him.” Like Jesus, Sister Marianne brought the healing touch of God to others. May we also be “hungry for work.”

– Father McLaughlin

Find Hope in Sorrow, April 15

St. Damian Deveuster Statuary Hall, Washington, D.C.

St. Damian Deveuster
Statuary Hall, Washington, D.C.

On This Date…

On April 15, 1134, Easter Sunday, Saint Norbert celebrated his last Mass, sitting in a chair because of a debilitating illness. He died on June 6, 1134, three days after Pentecost, at age 54.

On April 15, 1889, Monday of Holy Week, Father Damian DeVeuster died at age 49 of leprosy in Molokai, Hawaii. He had served the lepers there for 16 years.

On April 15, 1969, Father DeVeuster’s statue was placed in Statuary Hall in Washington, D.C. He is shown wearing his religious habit and missionary hat, his face bearing the wounds of leprosy. Father Damian was canonized on October 11, 2009.


Today’s Word:

There let the way appear steps unto heav’n;
All that thou sendest me in mercy giv’n;
Angels to beckon me nearer, my God, to Thee.
(Sarah Flower Adams, 1841)


On April 15, 1912, at 2:17 a.m., the RMS Titanic sunk about 3 hours after hitting an iceberg. Killed in the tragedy were 1,523 people – 800 passengers and 715 crew members.

The last music to be played on the Titanic was the hymn “Nearer My God To Thee!”

This hymn brings hope to all who suffer, including those who are in pain and grief today in Boston, Massachusetts.

– Father McLaughlin