Peace Be With You

Today’s Word:

“Peace be with you” (John 20:19)


On This Date…

Pope John Paul II

Pope John Paul II

On April 2, 2005, a Saturday, Pope John Paul II died in Rome just short of his 85th birthday (May 18th). He was baptized as Karol (Charles), named for his father. His mother died when Karol was 8 years old. Karol excelled in academics and drama, played soccer, and was very devout, going to the church next door to his apartment. His father died in 1941, when Karol was 21; he entered the seminary the next year and was ordained in 1946. He became the spiritual leader to a group of young adults, with whom he went kayaking and camping; he wrote poetry. He became a bishop in 1958, a cardinal in 1967, and pope in 1978. In his homily at his installation on October 22, 1978, he said, “Be not afraid! Open the doors to Christ.” He was canonized on April 27, 2014, Divine Mercy Sunday, an annual celebration inaugurated by Pope John Paul II, which this year began this evening.

In the Gospel for Divine Mercy Sunday, Jesus’ first words after coming through the door of the Upper Room on Easter Night, were ,”Peace be with you”, words of courage and mercy.

– Father McLaughlin

Open the Doors to Christ

Today’s Word:

“I have come to set the earth on fire” (Luke 12:49)


On This Date…

On October 22, 1978 Pope John Paul II was inaugurated as pope. In his homily during the Mass he said, “Be not afraid! Open the doors to Christ.” He served as pope until his death on April 2, 2005, just short of his 85th birthday, the 2nd longest pope in church history. He was canonized in 2014.

In today’s Gospel Jesus says, “I have come to set the earth on fire”. Saint John Paul II set the world on fire with his faith, hope, and love. As he said, “Open the doors to Christ.”

– Father McLaughlin

Pope John Paul II

Pope John Paul II

Pray For Us Sinners

Today’s Word:

“Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.”

 – from the Hail Mary


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 in five months, asking the children to pray for conversion, repentance, and world peace.

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

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.

On this day we pray, as Francisco and Jacinta did: “Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.”

– Father McLaughlin

 

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