World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation

Today’s Word:

“With authority and power He commands the unclean spirits, and they come out” (Luke 4:36)


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Pope Francis has designated September 1st as a “World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation”. The date was chosen to coincide with a similar day of prayer observed by the Orthodox Church. Pope Francis noted his patron saint, Saint Francis of Assisi, “whose Canticle of the Creatures inspires so many men and women of good will to live in praise of the Creator and with respect for creation.”

Today President Barack Obama is in Alaska to advocate on behalf of climate change. He is worried that without an adequate response to climate needs, “our planet will be beyond the capacity of our children to repair.”

In today’s Gospel Jesus cures a man who has had a seizure just by speaking; people responded, “With authority and power He commands the unclean spirits, and they come out”. So, we spend this day in prayer to the One whose power can do more than we can ask or imagine.

– Father McLaughlin

The Perfect Prayer

Today’s Word:

“Lord, make me a channel of your peace, where there is hatred let me bring your love.” (Prayer of St. Francis)

 


On This Date…

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Today is the Jewish Feast of Yom Kippur, ten days after Rosh Hashanah. On this day Jews repent, pray, and fast to bring about reconciliation between people, and between individuals and God. The fasting is required for all women 12 and over and all men 13 and over; the fast ends at nightfall tonight. In Israel there is no air or rail travel, no radio or television broadcast.

Today is the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi, who died at 7:00 PM on the evening of October 3, 1226, at age 44; on October 4, 1226, he was buried in the Church of Saint George in Assisi, Italy. Before he died he gave to each one present a piece of bread as a sign of mutual peace.

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On this day, we can pray with Saint Francis, “Lord, make me a channel of your peace, where there is hatred let me bring your love” – a perfect prayer on Yom Kippur.

– Father McLaughlin

Trust in God’s Goodness

Today’s Word:

The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.” (Psalm 33:5b)


On This Date…

On April 22, 1834, Abbot John Baptist L’Ecuy, O.Praem. died in Paris at age 94. He was the last abbot of Prémontré, which was founded by Saint Norbert in 1120.

Abbot L’Ecuy’s heart is kept next to the tomb of Saint Norbert in Prague, Czech Republic. His body is kept in the Norbertine Abbey of Mondaye in Normandy, France.

On April 22, 1864, the United States Congress authorized the phrase, “In God We Trust,” on all two-cent coins. The next year, the phrase was placed on all U.S. coins. In 1956, it officially became the motto of our country.

On April 22, 1970, Earth Day was first held in San Francisco, California. In 1979, Pope John Paul II named Saint Francis of Assisi as the patron of ecology, calling him “an example of genuine and deep respect for the integrity of creation.”

On April 22, 2014, Easter Tuesday, we prayed today at Mass, “The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.”

So, “in God we trust.”

– Father McLaughlin