May God Bless Us All

Today’s Word:

“My yoke is easy and my burden light” (Matthew 11:30)


On This Date…

Father Aloysius H. Schmitt

Father Aloysius H. Schmitt

On December 7, 374 Saint Ambrose was consecrated the bishop of Milan; in 387 he baptized 32 year old Saint Augustine.

On December 7, 1787 Delaware was the first state to ratify the Constitution; thus, Delaware is called “The First State.”

On December 7, 1941, a Sunday, Pearl Harbor in Hawaii was attacked at 7:50 AM; a total of 21 ships were destroyed or damaged; 2,388 were killed; and about 2,000 were injured.

On December 7, 1965 the Second Vatican Council issued the “Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World,” stressing the dignity of the human person.

Among those who died 75 years ago in Pearl Harbor was Father Aloysius Schmitt, age 32, the first Catholic chaplain to be killed in action. He had just celebrated Mass on the USS Oklahoma when the ship was hit. He ministered to the wounded and dying. When the call came to abandon ship, he could not get out; he told others to pull him out of the way to provide a way out for others. His last words were “Please let go of me, and may God bless you all.” Father Schmitt epitomized Jesus’ words in today’s Gospel: “My yoke is easy and my burden light”.

 
– Father McLaughlin

Everlasting Joy

Today’s Word:

“Those whom the Lord has ransomed will return and enter Zion singing, crowned with everlasting joy. They will meet with joy and gladness; sorrow and mourning will flee” (Isaiah 35:10)


On This Date…

On December 7, 374 Saint Ambrose was consecrated bishop of Milan, Italy. In 387 Saint Ambrose baptized Saint Augustine whose rule Saint Norbert later used as the Rule for Norbertine life.

On December 7, 1941 Pearl Harbor was bombed, drawing the United States into World war II. On that Sunday morning 2,4003 Americans lost their lives on a “Date which will live in infamy.”

On December 7, 2015, today, Jewish People celebrate the first day of the eight-day Feast of Hanukkah (the festival began at sundown last evening). The festival celebrates the re-dedication of the Jerusalem Temple in 164 BC. On each day a candle is lighted on the menorah (“lamp”), until all nine candles are lighted by December 14th, the actual date of rededication in 164.

Today at Mass we heard these words from the Hebrew Scriptures: “Those whom the Lord has ransomed will return and enter Zion singing, crowned with everlasting joy. They will meet with joy and gladness; sorrow and mourning will flee”. That is our wish for all who celebrate Hanukkah and remember Pearl Harbor.

– Father McLaughlin

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Kindness and Truth

Today’s Word:

“”Kindness and truth shall meet; justice and peace shall kiss” (Psalm 85:11)


On This Date…

On December 7, 374, Saint Ambrose was consecrated the bishop of Milan, Italy. In 387, at age 35, he baptized Saint Augustine.

On December 7, 1787, Delaware was the first state to ratify the Constitution; Delaware is called “The First State”.

On December 7, 1941, a Sunday, Pearl Harbor in Hawaii was attacked at 7:50 AM – “a date that would live in infamy,” President Roosevelt said; 2,388 were killed and about 2,000 injured.

On December 7, 1965, the Second Vatican Council issued the “Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World” – in Latin called “Gaudium et Spes” (“Joy and Hope”); it stressed the dignity of the human person.

At Mass today we prayed, from the Hebrew Scriptures, “Kindness and truth shall meet; justice and peace shall kiss” – God’s words that give us “joy and hope”.

 

– Father McLaughlin

 

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Saint Ambrose