Tend, Feed, Protect

Today’s Word:

Do you love me? …Feed my lambs …Tend my sheep …Feed my sheep. (John 21:15-17)


On This Date…

Norberts

On June 6, 1134, the Wednesday after Pentecost Sunday, Saint Norbert died in Magdeburg, Germany at age 54. He had been ill for several months with malaria, suffering sever headaches and high fever.

He was fully conscious at the moment of death, gave his blessing to the community gathered at his bedside, uttered the name of Christ, and died peacefully. His Funeral Mass and burial took place on June 11, 1134 in Magdeburg.

Operation Toy Drop

On June 6, 1944, D-Day, 60,000 Allied troops invaded Normandy, France. Of them, 9,387 are buried in the nearby American cemetery.

General James M. Gavin, commander of the 82nd Airborne Division paratroopers, told his troops, “When you land in Normandy, you will have only one friend, God.”

In today’s Gospel, the Risen Jesus asked Simon Peter three times at the Sea of Galilee, “Do you love me?” When Peter responded that he did, Jesus said, “Feed my lambs …Tend my sheep …Feed my sheep.”

Saint Norbert tended and fed his Norbertine community, as did those who gave their lives in Normandy, France, 70 years ago today.

– Father McLaughlin

Norbert’s New Resting Place

Today’s Word:

Everyone who sees the Son and believes in him …I shall raise… on the last day. (John 6:40)


On This Date…

Abbey Church of Strahov.

Abbey Church of Strahov.

On May 7, Norbertines celebrate the feast of the transfer of the body of Saint Norbert from his original burial place in Magdeburg, Germany, in 1135, to his final resting place in Prague, Czech Republic, in 1627. Saint Norbert’s remains are above the side altar in the Abbey Church of Strahov.

In today’s Gospel Jesus says, “Everyone who sees the Son and believes in him …I shall raise… on the last day.” Saint Norbert saw and believed.

– Father McLaughlin

Holy Week 2014 Draws Near

Today’s Word:

I love you, O Lord, my strength. (Psalm 18:1)


On This Date…

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On April 11, 1120, the beginning of Holy Week, Saint Norbert returned to Prémontré in France with thirteen novices and began for the first time to live community life.

On April 11, 1126, Easter Sunday, Saint Norbert celebrated Mass in Würzburg, Germany. After receiving the Body and Blood of Jesus, he breathed upon the eyes of a blind woman and cured her of her blindness.

Later that same day there was a meeting in Magdeburg, Germany to discuss the election of a new archbishop. Saint Norbert was elected and served as Archbishop of Magdeburg from 1126 until his death in 1134.

As Founder of the Norbertines and as Archbishop of Magdeburg, Saint Norbert prayed the words of today’s responsorial psalm, “I love you, O Lord, my strength.”

– Father McLaughlin