Peace on Earth

Today’s Word:

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to those on whom God’s favor rests. (Luke 2:14)

Missa in Nocte: Introit, Norbertine Fathers of Saint Michael’s Abbey


On this Date…

Ruins of Chapel of Saint John the Baptist

Ruins of Chapel of Saint John the Baptist

On December 25, 1121, Saint Norbert together with about 40 companions professed religious vows in the little chapel of Saint John Baptist in Prémontré, France. And so was born the Norbertine Order.

Saint Norbert asked his companions to live by the Rule of Saint Augustine. According to the biography of Saint Norbert, “By the profession of this Rule, on Christmas Day, one by one they voluntarily enrolled themselves into that city of blessed eternity.”

At Mass today, we heard these words: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to those on whom God’s favor rests.” May God’s peace, which rested on Saint Norbert and those first Norbertines, also rest on us this Christmas Day.

– 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

Know Thyself & Serve

Today’s Word:

O Lord, you have searched me and You know me.
(Psalm 139:1)


On This Date…

Augustine's Confessions

Augustine’s Confessions

On August 28, 430, Saint Augustine died in North Africa at age 75. Norbertines live according to the Rule of Augustine, a guide to religious life that Augustine wrote around the year 400.

In his Confessions, published in 397, Augustine writes:

Our hearts are restless, Lord, and they will never rest until they rest in You.

On August 28, 1784, Father Junípero Serra died in Carmel, California at age 69.

junipero_serra

At age 17, he joined the Franciscan Order. As a friar, Junípero founded nine missions between San Diego and San Francisco – a distance of 514 miles.

In 1931, a statue of Father Serra (left), sculpted by Ettore Cadorin, was placed in Statuary Hall in Washington, D.C.

On August 28, 1963, fifty years ago today, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to a multi-racial audience in Washington, D.C. Many wept openly as Dr. King spoke of a time when the evils of prejudice and segregation would vanish.

The works of Saint Augustine, Father Serra, and Dr. King remind us that we are each called to serve one another, and in turn, serve God. These three individuals inspire us all to say today’s Mass psalm, “O Lord, you have searched me and You know me.”

– Father McLaughlin