Let’s Think About It

Today’s Word:

“In every age, O Lord, you have been our refuge” (Psalm 90:1)

On This Date…

On September 22, 1934 Father Basil Reuss, O.Praem. was ordained a priest in the Patio Chapel, the Music Room that Mrs. Raskob said was meant “to strengthen the soul.” Father Reuss was born in Pennsylvania and joined the Norbertines in Wisconsin in 1929. Father Reuss had a law degree from the Catholic University of America; he became a professor at Saint Norbert College and also had a nightly radio program on WBAY in Green Bay, entitled “Let’s think about it.” The ordination of Father Reuss was the first one in The Patio.

Of the 16 students who began at Archmere on the morning of September 14, 1932, 3 of them, all Juniors in 1934, were ordained priests (2 for the Norbertines and 1 for Diocese of Wilmington). All 3 returned to teach at Archmere.

Autumn officially began at 10:21 AM EDT today; the sun crossed the Equator, and day and night are of about equal length. At Mass we prayed, “In every age, O Lord, you have been our refuge”. In the words of Father Reuss, “Let’s think about it.”

– Father McLaughlin


The Feast of Saint John XXIII

On This Date…

On October 11, 1898, Abbot Bernard Pennings, O.Praem, taught a Latin class to 14 year old Francis Van Dyke, the beginning of Saint Norbert College; the 2nd and 3rd students, ages 13 & 12, arrived on October 18th and October 25th. All three later became Norbertines and teachers. Today marks the beginning of the Norbertine education apostolate in North America.

On October 11, 1962, Pope John XXIII opened the Second Vatican Council; it lasted for four sessions over four years (1962-1965), and was attended by 3,058 bishops and religious superiors, including 416 from North America.

October 14, 2014, Homecoming Day, is the first Feast Day of Saint John XXIII, who was canonized by Pope Francis on April 27, 2014; that day Pope Francis said, “In convening the Second Vatican Council Saint John XXIII showed an exquisite openness to the Holy Spirit. He let himself be led and he was for the Church a pastor, a servant leader,” a model of respect, zeal, reverence, and wisdom for the Archmere community.


Pope John XXIII

– Father McLaughlin

See the Light of Christ

Today’s Word:

“No one lights a lamp and conceals it under a bed (but) … on a lampstand so that those who enter may see the light” (Luke 8:16)


On This Date..

On September 22, 1934, Father Basil Reuss, O.Praem., was ordained a priest in the Patio Chapel at Archmere, the first Norbertine ordained on the east coast; he celebrated his First Mass the next day at his home parish in Wilkinsburg, PA, a town adjacent to Pittsburgh. Father Reuss was a lawyer before joining the Norbertines at age 26.

On September 22, 1940, Father William Millay, O.Praem., died in Philadelphia, the first Norbertine to die on the east coast. He was ordained in 1910, was rector of Saint Norbert College (1913-1927) and pastor in Vancouver, British Columbia, before his assignment to Southeast Catholic High School in Philadelphia; the Alumni Association of Southeast Catholic/Bishop Neumann High School is called The Millay Club.

In today’s Gospel, Jesus says, “No one lights a lamp and conceals it under a bed (but) … on a lampstand so that those who enter may see the light”. Fathers Reuss and Millay let others see the light of Christ, a good task for Autumn which begins tonight at 10:29 PM, EDT.

– Father McLaughlin