Love of God and Thy Neighbor

Today’s Word:

Jesus spoke of the two key commandments: love of God and love of neighbor (Mark 12:30-31)

On This Date…

Oscar Romero of El Salvador

On March 24, 1980 Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador was assassinated while celebrating Mass in a cancer hospital at age 63; he had been archbishop for three years. The day before his death he issued this plea to the members of the military: “In the name of God, in the name of our tormented people whose cries rise up to heaven, I beseech you, I beg you, I command you: Stop the repression.” Archbishop Romero was beatified in 2015 in a ceremony in San Salvador.

On March 24, 1985 Abbot Norbert Calmels, O.Praem. died in Paris of cancer at age 76. He was ordained a priest in 1934, elected Abbot of Frigolet Abbey in France in 1945, and elected Abbot General of the Norbertine Order in 1962. He was abbot general when Daylesford became an independent Norbertine community (1963) and an abbey (1971). He attended the dedication of Daylesford Abbey in 1967.

In today’s Gospel Jesus spoke of the two key commandments: love of God and love of neighbor. Archbishop Romero and Abbot Calmels loved God and neighbor “with all their hearts.”

– Father McLaughlin

Celebrating Our Earthly Fathers

Today’s Word:

God so loved the world that He gave His only Son. (John 3:16)

On This Date…


On June 15, 1204, Norbertine Bishop Isfrid died in Germany at age 90. He was born in 1115, and joined the Norbertine Order early on in its history. He became the superior of a Norbertine community in 1159, and later bishop in 1178.

Devotion to Isfrid as a saint was approved by Pope Benedict XIII in 1728.

On June 15, 1776, the members of the Delaware Assembly voted to end all connections with King George III of England. This “Separation Day” was the first big step toward independence.


Today is Father’s Day. It was proposed by Sonora Dodd of Spokane, Washington to honor her father who was a Civil War veteran, and whose wife died in childbirth leaving him with six young children to care for.

Sonora Louise Smart Dodd

Sonora Louise Smart Dodd

Father’s Day was observed in Spokane beginning in 1910, and it was finally declared a national holiday in 1972 by President Richard M. Nixon.

Today is also Trinity Sunday. In the Gospel reading for today, Jesus says, “God so loved the world that He gave His only Son.” Jesus described God as a most generous father – a reminder to us to be grateful for our earthly fathers.

– Father McLaughlin