Blessed Eternity

Today’s Word:

“Light dawns for the just; and gladness, for the upright of heart” (Psalm 97:11)


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 and about forty companions professed religious vows in the chapel of Saint John the Baptist in Premontre, France, and so was born the Norbertine Order. According to a biography of Saint Norbert, “By the profession of this Rule (of Saint Augustine), on Christmas Day, one by one they voluntarily enrolled themselves into that city of blessed eternity.”

On December 25, 2016 the Jewish People observe the first day of Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, lighting a candle on each of the eight days of the celebration, recalling the re-dedication of the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem in December 164 BC.

The last time Hanukkah began on Christmas was in 1978 and the next time will be in 2027. At Mass today we prayed from the Hebrew Scriptures, “Light dawns for the just; and gladness, for the upright of heart”. The Feasts of Hanukkah and Christmas bring us light and joy and the promise of “blessed eternity.”

Walk in Unity of Mind and Heart Intent on God

On This Date…

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

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; 23 other Dutch Norbertines would later come to America as missionaries in Wisconsin.

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

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

On November 13, 2016, today, Archmere welcomed prospective students and their families to the Annual Fall Open House. Mrs. Lightcap said of the day, “Amazed. Inspired. Grateful.” We continue to “walk in unity of mind and heart intent on God.”

– Father McLaughlin

Archmere Academy Student Life Center

Archmere Academy Student Life Center

Restless is the Heart Until it Comes to Rest in You

On This Date…

On August 28, 430 AD Saint Augustine died in North Africa at age 75; he wrote the Rule by which Norbertines live. He wrote in his Confessions, “Our hearts are restless, Lord, and they will never rest until they rest in You.”

On August 28, 1784 Father Junipero Serra died in Carmel, California at age 69; he became a Franciscan at age 17, and founded nine missions from San Diego to San Francisco, a distance of 514 miles. Pope Francis canonized Father Serra last September in Washington, DC.

On August 28, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his “I have a dream” speech to a multi-racial audience in Washington, DC; many wept openly as Dr. King spoke of a time when the evils of prejudice and segregation would vanish.

On August 28, 2016 Father David Driesch, O.Praem. made his Solemn Profession as a Norbertine of Daylesford Abbey. At Communion we sang these words: “Restless is the heart until it comes to rest in you.”  Saint Augustine, Father Serra, Dr. King, and Father Driesch inspire us to rest in the Lord.

– Father McLaughlin

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