Lower Your Nets

Today’s Word:

“Put out into deep water and lower your nets for a catch” (Luke 5:4)


On This Date…

On February 17, 1178, Norbertine Bishop Evermode died Unknownin Ratzeburg, Germany at age 78. He was born in Belgium and was 20 years old when he met Saint Norbert and joined the new community in France in 1120. From that time he accompanied Saint Norbert on all of his journeys, became Norbert’s closest friend, and was with Saint Norbert when he died on June 6, 1134 in Magdeburg, Germany. In 1138 Evermode became head of the Norbertine community in Magdeburg. In 1154 he became bishop of Ratzeburg, known for his zeal and justice. He interceded for prisoners who were badly treated, welcoming them to Mass and freeing them from chains.

This year a Norbertine seminarian in California painted a picture of Saint Norbert, with Saint Evermode to his left holding in his cupped hands a pool of his tears shed at the death of Saint Norbert. On this Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday, we are inspired by the zeal of Saint Evermode to “Put out into deep water and lower your nets for a catch”, Jesus’ words in today’s Gospel.

– Father McLaughlin

Lent 2014 Follows Mardi Gras Celebration

Today’s Word:

Dear brothers and sisters, may this Lenten season find the whole Church ready to bear witness to all those who live in material, moral, and spiritual destitution the Gospel message of the merciful love of God our Father.

– from Pope Francis’ 2014 Lenten Message


On This Date…

Click to listen to President Roosevelt's inaugural address.

Click to listen to President Roosevelt’s inaugural address.

On March 4, 1933, the faculty and whole student body of Archmere (22 students) attended the inauguration of President Franklin D. Roosevelt in Washington, D.C.

President Roosevelt was a member of the Democratic Party. Mr. John J. Raskob, who sold Archmere to the Norbertines in 1932, was Chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 1928 to 1932. Democratic Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Jr., Archmere Class of 1961, was inaugurated in 2013 for a second term. His son, Joseph R. “Beau” Biden, III, Archmere Class of 1987, is Delaware’s Attorney General.

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Today is Mardi Gras – literally, “Fat Tuesday,” the day before Ash Wednesday. During Lent, Catholics observe the following:

1. Those 14 years of age and older abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday and all Fridays of Lent;
2. Those 18 years of age to 60 years of age fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday (eating one full meal, two smaller meals, and not eating in between meals).

In feeling hunger for the food we like, we want to help those who are always hungry.

As Pope Francis said in his 2014 Lenten Message, “Dear brothers and sisters, may this Lenten season find the whole Church ready to bear witness to all those who live in material, moral, and spiritual destitution the Gospel message of the merciful love of God our Father.”

– Father McLaughlin