Listen To Him

Today’s Word:

“This is my chosen Son; listen to him” (Luke 9:35)


On This Date…

On August 6, 1945 the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan; 75,000 people died instantly and another 65,000 died in the following months from their injuries and radiation sickness.

On August 6, 1978 Pope Paul VI died in Rome at age 80; he was the first pope to visit the United States, addressing the United Nations General Assembly in December 1965 and pleading, “No more war. War never again.”

On August 6, 1457, the Feast of the Transfiguration was established by the Church; in today’s Gospel for the feast a voice is heard from within a cloud on the mountain: “This is my chosen Son; listen to him”. Blessed Paul VI listened well and said, “No more war.”

– Father McLaughlin

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Make Me A Channel of Your Peace

Today’s Word:

“Make me a channel of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me bring your love. Where there is injury, your pardon, Lord, and where there’s doubt, true faith in you.”

 – Saint Francis


On This Date…Unknown

On October 4, 1965, a Monday and the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi, Pope Paul VI addressed the United Nations on the 20th anniversary of that world institution established for peace; Pope Paul said, “Never again war, never again war. It is peace, peace, that has to guide the destiny of the nations of all mankind.” Before leaving New York, Pope Paul met with President Lyndon Johnson, celebrated Mass in Yankee Stadium, and visited the World’s Fair – all in one day. Pope Paul was the first pope to travel to the United States; he was beatified on October 19, 2014.

On October 4, 2015 Pope Francis opened the XIV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in Rome; the theme of the gathering of 279 bishops from 120+ nations is “The vocation and mission of the family in the church and in the contemporary world.”

On this Feast of Saint Francis, the Holy Father’s feast day, we can say with Saint Francis, “Make me a channel of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me bring your love. Where there is injury, your pardon, Lord, and where there’s doubt, true faith in you.” Pope Francis said, “If a person during his or her life does nothing else but reconcile and bring peace that person can be canonized; that person is a saint” (homily, September 4, 2015, in the Vatican).

– Father McLaughlin

Listen to Him

Today’s Word:

“This is my beloved Son; listen to Him” (Mark 9:7)


On This Date…

On August 6, 1932, the Wilmington newspapers carried the first report about a new high school – Archmere Academy; school opened on September 14th.

On August 6, 1945, the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan; 75,000 people died instantly and another 65,000 died in the following months from injuries and radiation sickness.

On August 6, 1965, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act into law; it prohibited voter discrimination.

On August 6, 1978, Pope Paul VI died in Rome at age 80; he was the first pope to visit the United States, begging the United Nations General Assembly in December 1965, “No more war. War never again.”

On this Feast of the Transfiguration, established on August 6, 1457, we heard at Mass these words of God about Jesus: “This is my beloved Son; listen to Him”. He will also listen to us as we pray for peace, racial harmony, and an end to war.

– Father McLaughlin

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