Do Not Be Afraid, I Am With You

Today’s Word:

Rise, and do not be afraid. (Matthew 17:7)


On This Date…

The Transfiguration, Raphael.

The Transfiguration, Raphael.

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, pleading, “No more war. War never again.”

On August 6, 1457, the Feast of the Transfiguration was established by the Church. In the Gospel for the feast, Jesus says, “Rise, and do not be afraid.”

Trench Warfare. Somme, France - July 1916.

Trench Warfare.
Somme, France – July 1916.

With so much fear in Russia and Ukraine, Israel and Palestine, Iraq and Afghanistan, and in Europe recalling this week, the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, we long to hear Jesus’ words as we say, “No more war. War never again.”

– Father McLaughlin

150 Years After Gettysburg

Today’s Word:

… this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom – and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
– from Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address


On This Date…

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On November 19, 1863, 150 years ago today, President Abraham Lincoln traveled to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania to speak at the dedication ceremony of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery. The cemetery commemorates the soldiers who fought and died at Gettysburg from July 1-3, 1863. At the Battle of Gettysburg, 3,155 Union soldiers died; 14,529 soldiers were wounded; and 5,365 soldiers were listed as “missing.” Confederate losses were even higher. The battle stands as the bloodiest three days of American history to date.

As President Lincoln looked upon the rows of graves, he said:

But, in a large sense, we cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate, we cannot hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here have consecrated it …from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion.

We can pray today, in the words of President Lincoln that “this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom – and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

– Father McLaughlin

Celebrate Faith

Today’s Word:

Stand up and go your way; your faith has saved you.
(Luke 17:19)


On This Date…

On November 13, 354, Saint Augustine was born in North Africa. After his conversion in 387, he was ordained a priest and bishop, and he wrote the Rule that Norbertines follow.

Abbot Pennings and his companions made their trans-atlantic journey on the SS Veendam.

Abbot Pennings and his companions made their trans-atlantic journey on the SS Veendam.

On November 13, 1893, Abbot Bernard Pennings, O.Praem., the founder of Archmere, and two Norbertine companions, arrived in New Jersey by boat from Holland. Twenty-three other Dutch Norbertines would later come to America as missionaries in Wisconsin.

On November 13, 1963, 50 years ago today, Daylesford Priory was established as an independent Norbertine community; the Norbertines of Daylesford currently sponsor Archmere.

On November 13, 2006, ground was broken at Archmere for the Student Life Center; it was dedicated on October 12, 2007.

In today’s Gospel, Jesus says to the healed man, “Stand up and go your way; your faith has saved you.” Today, we celebrate the faith of Saint Augustine, Abbot Pennings and his companions, and the benefactors of the Student Life Center.

– Father McLaughlin