Hear God’s Voice

Today’s Word:

“If today you hear God’s voice, harden not your hearts” (Psalm 95:8)


On This Date…

Saint Joseph

On March 19, 1925, the Feast of Saint Joseph, Father Angelo Joseph Roncalli was consecrated a bishop. In 1962, as pope, he added the name of Saint Joseph to the Roman Canon of the Mass, the first change in almost a thousand years.

On March 19, 1955 Abbot Bernard Pennings, O.Praem. the founder of Archmere, was buried in DePere, Wisconsin. He had been the pastor of Saint Joseph Church in DePere from 1900 to 1955. Of his accomplishments Abbot Pennings said, “All this is the work of Saint Joseph.”

On March 19, 2013 Pope Francis was inaugurated as pope. In his homily that day Pope Francis said that Saint Joseph was “constantly attentive to God, open to the signs of God’s presence and receptive to God’s plans, and not simply his own.”

Today at Mass we prayed, “If today you hear God’s voice, harden not your hearts”. Saint John the XXIII, Abbot Pennings, and Pope Francis had ears and hearts for God’s plans.

– Father McLaughlin

Be Merciful

Today’s Word:

“Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful” (Luke 6:36)


On This Date…

On March 13, 2013 Archbishop Jorge Bergoglio was elected on the 5th ballot as the 266th pope, the first pope to choose the name “Francis.” He was born on December 17, 1936 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, one of five children. He joined the Jesuits in 1958, was ordained a priest in 1969, and was ordained a bishop in 1992. His motto as bishop was “lowly but chosen” (cf. Matthew 9:9-13), a motto he has kept as pope.

During the Jubilee Year of Mercy (2015-2016) Pope Francis said, “The name of God is mercy and the face of God is Jesus.” In today’s Gospel Jesus says, “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful”. Pope Francis has shown us the way to be merciful in word and deed.

– Father McLaughlin

Celebrating Pope Francis

Today’s Word:

“Seventy is the sum of our years, or eighty if we are strong” (Psalm 90:10)


On This Date…

UnknownOn December 17, 1936 Jorge Mario Bergoglio was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina to Italian immigrant parents. He was the oldest of five children. He studied chemistry in college. After college he entered the Jesuit Order and was ordained a priest on December 13, 1969. He was serving as archbishop of Buenos Aires when he was elected on March 13, 2013 as the 266th pope, taking the name “Francis” in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi.

The Psalmist wrote, “Seventy is the sum of our years, or eighty if we are strong”. At Evening Prayer this evening we sang, “Wisdom, O Holy Word of God, you govern all creation with your strong yet tender care.” At age 80 Pope Francis guides the Church with strong yet tender care.

– Father McLaughlin