Celebrating Pope Francis

Today’s Word:

“Seventy is the sum of our years, or eighty if we are strong” (Psalm 90:10)


On This Date…

UnknownOn December 17, 1936 Jorge Mario Bergoglio was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina to Italian immigrant parents. He was the oldest of five children. He studied chemistry in college. After college he entered the Jesuit Order and was ordained a priest on December 13, 1969. He was serving as archbishop of Buenos Aires when he was elected on March 13, 2013 as the 266th pope, taking the name “Francis” in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi.

The Psalmist wrote, “Seventy is the sum of our years, or eighty if we are strong”. At Evening Prayer this evening we sang, “Wisdom, O Holy Word of God, you govern all creation with your strong yet tender care.” At age 80 Pope Francis guides the Church with strong yet tender care.

– Father McLaughlin

In God We Trust

Today’s Word:

“Let all the earth cry out to God with joy”


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 Premontre, the first Norbertine abbey, founded in 1120 by Saint Norbert; Abbot L’Ecuy’s heart is kept next to the tomb of Saint Norbert in Strahov Abbey, Prague, Czech Republic; his body rests 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; in 1865 the phrase was placed on all US coins. In 1956 “In God We Trust” officially became the motto of our country; it comes originally from the fourth stanza of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

On April 22, 1951 the Board of Directors of the Knights of Columbus adopted a resolution to amend the Pledge of Allegiance to include the phrase “under God” after the words “one nation”. The Pledge was composed in 1892 to help mark the 400th anniversary of the founding of America. Congress passed a resolution to amend the Pledge and President Dwight Eisenhower signed it in 1954.

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

Today at Mass we prayed, “Let all the earth cry out to God with joy” – perfect words to pray on our earth in a nation under God and in whom we trust.

– Father McLaughlin

 

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