Pray Urgently For World Peace

Today’s Word:

“If you ask anything in my name, I will do it” (John 14:14)


On This Date…

On May 13, 1917 the Blessed Mother appeared to three children (ages 10, 9, 7) at Fatima, Portugal; she appeared a total of six times, asking the children to pray for conversion, repentance and world peace. World War I was being fought from 1914 to 1918.

On May 13, 1963, Father Michael McLaughlin, O.Praem., Archmere Class of 1938, died of cancer at age 42 – the first member of Daylesford to die; he is buried at Daylesford Abbey. He had taught math at Bishop Neumann High School.

On May 13, 1981 Pope John Paul II was shot in Saint Peter’s Square in Rome; after he recovered the pope met with the man who shot him, forgave him, and made peace.

On May 13, 2000 Pope John Paul II went to Fatima to beatify two of the children to whom the Blessed Mother had appeared in 1917: Francisco who died in 1919 at age 11, and Jacinta who died in 1920 at age 10; both died of influenza.

On May 13, 2017, earlier today, Pope Francis canonized Francisco and Jacinta at Fatima, saying, “We declare the blissful Francisco Marto and Jacinta Marto saints.” The two were brother and sister.

In today’s Gospel Jesus says, “If you ask anything in my name, I will do it”. Inspired by Francisco and Jacinta, let us pray urgently for world peace.

– Father McLaughlin

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