Salt of the Earth

Saint Augustine

Saint Augustine

Today’s Word:

“The salt of the earth and the light of the world” (Matthew 5:13-14)


On This Date…

On August 28, 430AD Saint Augustine died in North Africa at age 75; in his Rule, followed by Norbertines, he asks us “to be of one mind and one heart on the way to God,” words that begin the Archmere Prayer.

On August 28, 1784 Father Junipero Serra died in Carmel, California at age 69; he became a Franciscan at age 17, and founded nine missions in California from San Diego to San Francisco, a distance of 514 miles.
On August 28, 1963 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his “I have a dream” speech to a multi-racial audience in Washington, DC, speaking of a time when the evils of prejudice and segregation would vanish.
In today’s Gospel Jesus called His disciples to be “the salt of the earth and the light of the world” (Matthew 5:13-14). Saint Augustine, Father Serra, and Dr. King were salt and light for our world, as is Father John Zagarella, O.Praem. whose birthday is today.

 – Father McLaughlin

Nearer, my God, to Thee

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 This Date…

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On April 15, 1134, Saint Norbert celebrated his last Mass on Easter Sunday. Due to illness, he had to remained seated throughout the Mass. He died on June 6, 1134, three days after Pentecost Sunday at age 54.

On April 15, 1889, Monday of Holy Week, Father Damian DeVeuster died of leprosy in Molokai, Hawaii at age 49. He had served the lepers on the island for 16 years. On April 15, 1969, his statue was placed in Statuary Hall in Washington, D.C. Father Damian was canonized on October 11, 2009.

On April 15, 1912, at 2:17 a.m., the RMS Titanic sunk after hitting an iceberg about three hours earlier. The last music played on the ship’s deck was the hymn, “Nearer my God to Thee!”

On April 15, 2013, there was a bombing at the Boston Marathon. Three people died and 250 were injured.

On April 15, 2014, the Jewish Community celebrates the first day of Passover.

On this day of Sacramental Reconciliation at Archmere, Tuesday of Holy Week, may we be nearer to our God who is so near to us.

– Father McLaughlin