Rich In What Matters To God

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Today in Krakow, Poland, World Youth Day concluded with a Mass celebrated by Pope Francis. He asked the young people, “Do you want to be hope for the future? … Preserve your memory of your people, of your family and where you come from. the memory of your journey, and what you received from your those closest to you.” Pope Francis especially singled out grandparents.

Last evening, Pope Francis and the pilgrims (1.6 million young people attended the gathering) walked nine miles to an open field, where Pope Francis urged them to be “young people with shoes, or better, boots laced.”  Afterwards many spent the night in prayer, in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, and participating in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Today, 29 Archmere senior boys gathered in the Oratory of Saint Norbert Hall for Mass at 7:30 AM, before heading to Virginia for a 4-day camping trip. After Mass the boys had a breakfast prepared in the Student Life Center by their parents – “those closest to them.”

In today’s Gospel Jesus urged His listeners to be “rich in what matters to God” (Luke 12:21). In being “rich in what matters to God” we shall be “hope for the future.”

– Father McLaughlin

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The Feast of Saint Herman Joseph

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Saint Herman Joseph

Saint Herman Joseph

On May 24, Norbertines celebrate the feast day of Saint Herman Joseph who died on the Thursday after Easter in 1241 at age 91. He entered the Norbertine Abbey of Steinfeld in Germany at age 12; after his priestly ordination he was assigned to work in the sacristy and dining room. He was described as humble, patient, friendly, obedient, and spiritual; he composed hymns and wrote a commentary on the Bible’s “Song of Songs.” He also made and repaired clocks. He spent his last Lent serving as chaplain to a convent of nuns, took ill, and died there; on May 21, 1241 his body was returned to his abbey where it rests today.

In 1958 Pope Pius XII gave Herman Joseph the title of “saint”. The following year, when Saint Norbert Hall was completed at Archmere, a statue of Saint Herman Joseph was placed in front of Saint Norbert Hall. His image has been incorporated in the 3-panel icon in the Oratory of Saint Norbert Hall. Norbertines honor Saint Herman Joseph as “patron of children and of students.”

– Father McLaughlin

Feast of Hermann Joseph – Patron of Students & Children

Today’s Word:

Serve the Lord with gladness;
Come before him with joyful song. (Psalm 100:2)


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Hermann Joseph.

Hermann Joseph.

Today Norbertines celebrate the feast day of Saint Hermann Joseph, who died on April 4, 1241, the Thursday after Easter at age 91. He entered the Norbertine Abbey of Steinfeld in Germany at age 12. Following his priestly ordination, Hermann was assigned to work in the sacristy and dining room.

He was described as humble, poor, patient, friendly, obedient and spiritual. He composed hymns, and he wrote a commentary on the “Song of Songs.” Hermann also made and repaired clocks.

He spent his last Lent serving as chaplain to a convent of nuns, where he took ill and later died. On May 21, 1241, his body was returned to his home abbey where it rests today.

On August 11, 1958, Pope Pius XII gave Hermann Joseph the title of “Saint.” The following year, when Saint Norbert Hall was completed at Archmere, a statue of Saint Hermann Joseph was placed in front of the building, at the site of the steps that lead down to the entrance to the Student Life Center. Since 1980, that statue has been at Daylesford Abbey.

Saint Hermann Joseph is honored by the Norbertines as “patron of children and of students.”

– Father McLaughlin