“The Kingdom of God will be given to a people that will produce its fruit” (Matthew 21:43)
On This Date…
On March 17, 461 AD Saint Patrick died in Ireland at age 76. He was born in Great Britain and was kidnapped at age 16 by Irish raiders, taken to Ireland, and forced into slavery as a shepherd. Enduring hard work and harsh climate, loneliness and poverty, Patrick learned to rely on God in prayer.
After six years in captivity, Patrick escaped, made his way to the coast, and sailed for home. Later he had a dream in which he heard the Irish people say to him, “Come back and walk with us once more.” Patrick became a priest and bishop, and returned to Ireland where he spread the Gospel for 30 years, often in great danger. He died at the site of his first church.
On March 17, 1955 Abbot Bernard Pennings, O.Praem., the founder of Archmere Academy, died in Green Bay, Wisconsin at age 93. Like Saint Patrick, Abbot Pennings was a missionary, serving as the leader of American Norbertines from 1893 to 1955, and as pastor of Saint Joseph Parish in DePere from 1898 until his death.
In today’s Gospel Jesus says, “The Kingdom of God will be given to a people that will produce its fruit”. Saint Patrick and Abbot Pennings produced good fruit for God’s Kingdom.