Walking God’s Path

Today’s Word:

“You will show me the path of life, the fullness of joy in your presence” (Psalm 16:11)


On This Date…

On March 22, 1970, Palm Sunday, the new Lectionary of the Catholic Church went into effect; it came as a result of the recommendations of the Second Vatican Council’s Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, promulgated in December 1963.

On March 22, 1980 Mother Teresa of Calcutta received the Bharat Ratna (Jewel of India) Award for her humanitarian work; she said, “Only in heaven will we see how much we owe to the poor for helping us to love God better because of them.”

March 22 is the earliest date possible for the celebration of Easter – the first Sunday after the first full moon following the spring equinox – established by the Council of Nicea in 325 AD.

Today at Mass we prayed, “You will show me the path of life, the fullness of joy in your presence”. Inspired by the Lectionary, Mother Teresa walked God’s path.

– Father McLaughlin

Saint Mother Teresa

Today’s Word:

“Is it lawful to do good on the sabbath … to save life?” (Luke 6:9)


On This Date…

On September 5, 1997 Mother Teresa of Calcutta, India died at her convent in Calcutta ten days after her 87th birthday. Yesterday in Rome Pope Francis declared her a saint and today is her first official feast day.

In today’s Gospel Jesus healed a man’s withered hand on the Sabbath, asking the question, “Is it lawful to do good on the sabbath … to save life?”. In 1982 Mother Teresa told a group of American journalists, “You cannot do what I do, I cannot do what you do, but together we can do something beautiful for God” – an inspiring Labor Day message.

– Father McLaughlin

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The Will of God

Today’s Word:

“Be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect” (Romans 12:2)


On This Date…

On August 27, 387, Saint Monica died in Ostia, the seaport of Rome, at age 65, after an illness of nine days. She had two sons and a daughter. Saint Augustine was her oldest child, and she had prayed for his conversion since he was 16 years old. Augustine was baptized at age 32 on April 24, 387, along with his own 16 year old son, Adeodatus, in the presence of his mother. Both Augustine and Adeodatus were with Monica when she died, and both were “overwhelmed with grief.”

On August 27, 1910, Mother Teresa of India was born in Yugoslavia. She entered the convent in Ireland at age 18, and that same year went as a missionary to India. She first taught high school and later became principal of a girls’ academy. She founded the Missionaries of Charity in 1950 and died in 1997.

In the Student Life Center this morning, Archmere’s faculty and staff heard these words of Scripture: “Be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect”. Saint Monica and Saint Mother Teresa were transformed and discerned the will of God – one as a wife and mother and one as a nun and missionary.

– Father McLaughlin