Rejoice With Me

Today’s Word:

“Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep” (Luke 15:6)


On This Date…
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n June 3, 1134, Pentecost Sunday, Saint Norbert received the Sacrament of the Sick. He encouraged those around his bed to be people of faith and patience. He died three days later at age 54.

On June 3, 1963, Pentecost Monday, Saint John XXIII died in the Vatican at 7:49 PM at age 81, just after Mass for him was completed in Saint Peter’s Square; he said, “My bags are packed and I am ready to go.” Pope John, who had cancer for a year, was able to preside at the opening of Vatican Council II the previous October 11th.

On June 3, 2016, at Mass today we hear Jesus speak of a shepherd who said, “Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep”.  Saint Norbert and Saint John XXIII were good shepherds who found joy in caring for God’s people.

– Father McLaughlin

Emmanuel

Today’s Word:

“There was great calm”  (Mark 4:39)


On This Date…

At 9:30 AM today the congregation of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, gathered for Sunday worship, their first gathering since the shooting in their church on Wednesday evening during Bible Study of nine of their members, 6 women and 3 men, including the pastor, Rev. Clementa Pinckney. At 10:00 AM today many churches in Charleston, Protestant and Catholic, rang church bells in solidarity of faith and forgiveness, hope, and love.

At 12:38 PM EDT today summer began with the summer solstice, the day of most daylight in the calendar year. The sun rose this morning at 5:33AM and will set this evening at 8:34PM.

In today’s Gospel, Jesus said that our God is “a God of the living”. Saint Norbert and Saint John XXIII inspire us to be people of faith and patience, especially in illness.

Today is Father’s Day, first celebrated in Washington State on June 19, 1910, and established as a national holiday by President Nixon in 1972. It is celebrated on the third Sunday of June. Today is a day to remember all fathers, living and deceased. Rev. Pinckney, age 41, was the father of two children.

In today’s Gospel, Jesus, in a boat with His disciples, calmed the wind and sea during a storm – “There was great calm”. On this longest day we pray for calm and light in the hearts of our fathers and in the hearts of the members of Emanuel Church in Charleston. The name “Emanuel” means “God is with us.”

– Father McLaughlin

 

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A God of the Living

Today’s Word:

“a God of the living” (Mark 12:27)


On This Date…

On June 3, 1134, Pentecost Sunday, Saint Norbert received the Sacrament of the Sick. He encouraged those gathered at his sickbed to be people of “Faith and Patience” (the words on the Norbert window in the Reconciliation Room in Archmere’s Oratory). Saint Norbert died three days later at age 54.

On June 3, 1963, Pentecost Monday, Pope John XXIII died in his apartment in the Vatican at 7:49 PM Rome time at age 81, just after a Mass for him was completed in Saint Peter’s Square; he had suffered from cancer for a year. He was able to preside at the opening of Vatican Council II on October 11, 1962 (the Council ended in 1965). Pope John was canonized on April 27, 2014.

In today’s Gospel Jesus said that our God is “a God of the living”. Saint Norbert and Saint John XXIII inspire us to be people of faith and patience, especially in illness.

– Father McLaughlin

 

Pope John XXIII

Pope John XXIII