In God’s Heart

Today’s Word:

“Eternal Father, strong to save, whose arm doth bind the restless wave … O hear us when we cry to Thee, for those in peril on the sea” (Navy Hymn)


On This Date…

On November 11, 397 Saint Martin, Bishop of Tours, France, was buried; he died on November 8 at age 81 (born in year 316). He became a soldier at age 15, was baptized a Catholic Christian at 18, and after leaving the army became a monk, a priest, and on July 4, 371 a bishop. When he was about 17 he cut his military cloak in half, to give one half to a beggar who was cold.

On November 11, 1918 the armistice was signed ending World War I. During that war 8,538,315 armed forces were killed, including 126,000 Americans. The name “Armistice Day” was changed in 1954 to “Veterans Day” to honor all those, living and deceased, who have served in the military.

On November 11, 1989 Father Justin Diny, O.Praem., Archmere’s 4th headmaster, died in Sacred Heart Hospital in Chester, PA at age 77, after suffering a heart attack and then a stroke. Father Diny had served at Archmere for 51 years.

At the assembly this morning the Mastersingers sang, “Eternal Father, strong to save, whose arm doth bind the restless wave … O hear us when we cry to Thee, for those in peril on the sea”. We can pray those words tonight for Richard Grace ’44, who left Archmere at age 17, joined the Navy, and gave his life for our freedom, “in peril on the sea” no more, but in God’s heart.

– Father McLaughlin

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Jesus Gave Himself


Today’s Word:

Jesus Christ gave Himself … to cleanse for himself a people as his own” (Titus 2:14)


On This Date…

ONovember 11, 397, Saint Martin of Tours, France was buried, having died on November 8th at age 81. He became a soldier at 15, was baptized a Catholic Christian at 18, and, after leaving the army, became a monk, a priest, and finally a bishop. When he was 17 he cut his military cloak in half, to give one half to a beggar who was cold.

On November 11, 1918, the armistice was signed ending World War I; during the war 8.5+ million armed forces were killed, including 126,000 Americans. The name “Armistice Day” was changed in 1954 to “Veterans Day” to honor all those living and deceased, who have served in the military.

On November 11, 1989, Father Justin Diny, O.Praem., Archmere’s 4th headmaster, died in Sacred Heart Hospital in Chester, PA at age 77; he had served at Archmere for 51 years.

On November 11, 2014, the Freedom Walk at Archmere was dedicated at 11:00 AM; the walk contains the names of all Archmere graduates who have served in the military.

At Mass today we heard that “Jesus Christ gave Himself … to cleanse for himself a people as his own” – Saint Martin, Father Diny, and those who gave military service.

 

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– Father McLaughlin

The Tragedy of War

Today’s Word:

Do not hand over the life of your dove to wild beasts; do not forget the lives of your afflicted people forever. (Psalm 74:19b)


On This Date…

Trench Warfare. Somme, France - July 1916.

Trench Warfare.
Somme, France – July 1916.

On June 28, 1914, Archduke Franz Ferdinand of the Austro-Hungarian Empire was assassinated in Sarajevo. His assassination sparked the start of World War I – “the war to end all wars.” WWI decimated the European continent until the armistice was signed on November 11, 1918, at 11 a.m.

As we mark this painful anniversary, we remember all who still face the tragedy of war, praying, “Lord, forget not the souls of your poor ones,” words we prayed at Mass today.

– Father McLaughlin