Have Faith

Today’s Word:

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God; have faith also in me” (John 14:1)


On This Date…

On April 22, 1834 Abbot John Baptist L’Ecuy, O.Praem. died in Paris at age 95; he was the last abbot of Premontre, the first abbey founded by Saint Norbert in 1120. Abbot L’Ecuy’s heart is kept next to the tomb of Saint Norbert in Prague, Czech Republic; his body is kept in the Norbertine Abbey of Mondaye in Normandy, France.

On April 22, 1864 the United States Congress authorized the phrase “In God We Trust” on all two-cent coins; the next year the phrase was placed on all US coins; in 1956 “In God We Trust” officially became the motto of our country.

On April 22, 1970 Earth Day was first held in San Francisco, CA; at the United Nations today 175 countries signed the Paris Agreement, to safeguard the environment.

In today’s Gospel, Jesus says, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God; have faith also in me”. We care for our earth, with faith and trust.

– Father McLaughlin

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In God We Trust

Today’s Word:

“Let all the earth cry out to God with joy”


On This Date…

On April 22, 1834 Abbot John Baptist L’Ecuy, O.Praem., died in Paris at age 94; he was the last abbot of Premontre, the first Norbertine abbey, founded in 1120 by Saint Norbert; Abbot L’Ecuy’s heart is kept next to the tomb of Saint Norbert in Strahov Abbey, Prague, Czech Republic; his body rests in the Norbertine Abbey of Mondaye in Normandy, France.

On April 22, 1864 the United States Congress authorized the phrase “In God We Trust” on all two-cent coins; in 1865 the phrase was placed on all US coins. In 1956 “In God We Trust” officially became the motto of our country; it comes originally from the fourth stanza of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

On April 22, 1951 the Board of Directors of the Knights of Columbus adopted a resolution to amend the Pledge of Allegiance to include the phrase “under God” after the words “one nation”. The Pledge was composed in 1892 to help mark the 400th anniversary of the founding of America. Congress passed a resolution to amend the Pledge and President Dwight Eisenhower signed it in 1954.

On April 22, 1970 Earth Day was first held in San Francisco, CA. In 1979 Pope John Paul II named Saint Francis of Assisi as patron of ecology, calling the saint “an example of genuine and deep respect for the integrity of creation”.

Today at Mass we prayed, “Let all the earth cry out to God with joy” – perfect words to pray on our earth in a nation under God and in whom we trust.

– Father McLaughlin

 

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This Is The Day The Lord Has Made

Today’s Word:

“This is the day the Lord has made” (Psalm 118:24)


On This Date…

On April 11, 1120, at the beginning of Holy Week, Saint Norbert returned to Premontre, France with thirteen novices and, for the first time, began to live community life.

On April 11, 1126, Easter Sunday, Saint Norbert celebrated Mass in Wurzburg, Germany, and, after receiving the Body and Blood of Jesus, breathed upon the eyes of a blind woman and cured her of her blindness. Later that same day there was a meeting in Magdeburg, Germany to discuss the election of a new archbishop; Saint Norbert was elected and served as Archbishop of Magdeburg from 1126 until his death in 1134.

On this 8th Day of Passover and 7th Day of Easter we say with the psalmist, “This is the day the Lord has made” as it was also in 1120 and 1126.

– Father McLaughlin

 

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