The Power of the Holy Spirit

Today’s Word:

“For our Gospel did not come to you in word alone, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit, and with much conviction” (1 Thessalonians 1:5)

On This Date…

Today in Rome Pope Francis beatified Pope Paul VI. He was elected pope on June 21, 1963, and took the name “Paul” in honor of the missionary labors of Saint Paul. In 1964 he went to Jerusalem to meet with the Greek Orthodox Patriarch Athenagoras I. In 1965 he came to the United States and addressed the United Nations in New York, pleading for peace. He also went to India, Portugal, Colombia, Uganda, Australia, the Philippines, and Iran – the most traveled pope in history up to that time. He canonized 84 saints including two Americans – Saint Elizabeth Seton and Saint John Neumann.


Pope Paul VI

In 1970 he proclaimed the first two women as doctors of the church – Saint Teresa of Avila and Saint Catherine of Siena.  Pope Paul said, “The Church looks at the world with profound understanding, with sincere admiration, and with the sincere intention … of serving it.” He lived out the words of his namesake, Saint Paul, heard today at Mass: “For our Gospel did not come to you in word alone, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit, and with much conviction”.

– Father McLaughlin

Two Hearts That Faced Death Without Fear

Today’s Word:

Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid. (John 14:27)

On This Date…

On April 29, 1380, Saint Catherine of Siena died in Rome at age 33. Born in 1347 with a twin sister, she had 23 older siblings. Catherine inherited piety and concern for others from her father, and from her mother, drive and determination.

Catherine was canonized in 1461. In 1970, she was the first lay person to be made a Doctor of the Church.


Ruins of Abbaye de Beauport
Brittany, France

On April 29, 2012, Norbertine Father Peter Adrian Toulorge, O.Praem., was beatified in France. Born in Normandy, France in 1757, he was ordained a priest in 1782. He joined the Norbertine Order in 1787.

During the French Revolution, Father Peter’s abbey was suppressed in 1790. He was arrested for being a priest and guillotined on October 13, 1793 at age 36.

Just before his execution, Father Peter exclaimed, “My God, I place my life in your hands! Forgive my enemies.”

In today’s Gospel, Jesus says, “Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.” Both Saint Catherine and Blessed Peter took Jesus’ words to heart.

– Father McLaughlin