The Solemnity of The Assumption

Today’s Word:

At the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy. (Luke 1:44)


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The Panama Canal

On This Date…

On August 15, 1914, the Panama Canal opened, providing a short shipping route of 48 miles between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. The cost was great in terms of dollars and human lives; over 5,600 workers died building the canal. Over 1 million vessels have passed through the canal.

On August 15, 1932, Father Michael McKeough, O.Praem., Archmere’s first headmaster, met with Mr. John Raskob in his Wilmington office concerning the first payment due to him for the purchase of Archmere.

On August 15, 1967, Cardinal John Krol, Archbishop of Philadelphia, dedicated the Church of the Assumption at Daylesford Abbey. The Norbertines of Daylesford continue to sponsor Archmere Academy.

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On August 15, the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Assumption, marking the moment when Mary, the Mother of Jesus, was taken body and soul to heaven. Today is a holy day of obligation, and about 300 athletes, coaches, and parents gathered in Archmere’s theater for Mass.

In today’s Gospel, Elizabeth said to her cousin, Mary of Nazareth, “At the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy.” May what we say to each other this year cause joy, a canal opening up all sorts of relationships in the classroom, on the athletic fields, and between friends.

– Father McLaughlin

Feast of Hermann Joseph – Patron of Students & Children

Today’s Word:

Serve the Lord with gladness;
Come before him with joyful song. (Psalm 100:2)


On This Date…

Hermann Joseph.

Hermann Joseph.

Today Norbertines celebrate the feast day of Saint Hermann Joseph, who died on April 4, 1241, the Thursday after Easter at age 91. He entered the Norbertine Abbey of Steinfeld in Germany at age 12. Following his priestly ordination, Hermann was assigned to work in the sacristy and dining room.

He was described as humble, poor, patient, friendly, obedient and spiritual. He composed hymns, and he wrote a commentary on the “Song of Songs.” Hermann also made and repaired clocks.

He spent his last Lent serving as chaplain to a convent of nuns, where he took ill and later died. On May 21, 1241, his body was returned to his home abbey where it rests today.

On August 11, 1958, Pope Pius XII gave Hermann Joseph the title of “Saint.” The following year, when Saint Norbert Hall was completed at Archmere, a statue of Saint Hermann Joseph was placed in front of the building, at the site of the steps that lead down to the entrance to the Student Life Center. Since 1980, that statue has been at Daylesford Abbey.

Saint Hermann Joseph is honored by the Norbertines as “patron of children and of students.”

– Father McLaughlin

“My Soul Longs For You”

Today’s Word:

As the deer longs for running waters, so my soul longs for you, O God. (Psalm 42:1)

 


On This Date…

Archbishop Oscar Romero.

Archbishop Oscar Romero.

On March 24, 1980, Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador was assassinated while celebrating Mass in a cancer hospital run by Carmelite nuns. Sixty-three years of age, he had been archbishop of San Salvador since February 22, 1977.

The day before his death he had issued this plea:

We are your people. The peasants you kill are your own brothers and sisters. 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 killing.'”

On March 24, 1985, Abbot Norbert Calmels, O.Praem. died of cancer in Paris at age 76. He was ordained a priest in 1934, elected Abbot of Frigolet Abbey in France is 1945, and elected Abbot General of the Norbertine Order on September 19, 1962 – just before the opening of Vatican Council II.

Abbot Calmels served as abbot general until 1982. He was abbot general when Daylesford Abbey became an independent Norbertine community (1963 and abbey (1971). During his last hour of life, strengthened by the Sacrament of Anointing, he had “a child-like look of wonder turned toward the invisible.”

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Both Archbishop Romero and Abbot Calmels encourage us to pray in the words of today’s psalm, “As the deer longs for running waters, so my soul longs for you, O God.”

– Father McLaughlin