Do Not Be Afraid

Today’s Word:

“Do not be afraid” (Matthew 28:10)


On This Date…

On April 15, 1134, Easter Sunday, Saint Norbert celebrated his last Mass; he died of illness on June 6 at age 54.

On April 15, 1865, Holy Saturday, President Abraham Lincoln died at age 56; he had begun his 2nd term 41 days earlier, and placed on coins “In God We Trust.”

On April 15, 1889, Monday of Holy Week, Father Damian DeVeuster died of leprosy at Molokai, Hawaii at age 49, after serving the lepers for 16 years; he was canonized in 2009.

On April 15, 1912 The Titanic sunk after hitting an iceberg; the last music to be played on board was the hymn, “nearer My God to Thee!”

On April 15, 1947 Jackie Robinson broke baseball’s color barrier.

On April 15, 2013 there was a bombing at the Boston Marathon, killing 3 and injuring 250.

On April 15, 2017 we hear these words of Jesus in tonight’s Gospel: “Do not be afraid”. We trust God who is near, without fear.

– Father McLaughlin

 

Blessed Eternity

Today’s Word:

“Light dawns for the just; and gladness, for the upright of heart” (Psalm 97:11)


On This Date…

Ruins of Chapel of Saint John the Baptist

Ruins of Chapel of Saint John the Baptist

On December 25, 1121 Saint Norbert and about forty companions professed religious vows in the chapel of Saint John the Baptist in Premontre, France, and so was born the Norbertine Order. According to a biography of Saint Norbert, “By the profession of this Rule (of Saint Augustine), on Christmas Day, one by one they voluntarily enrolled themselves into that city of blessed eternity.”

On December 25, 2016 the Jewish People observe the first day of Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, lighting a candle on each of the eight days of the celebration, recalling the re-dedication of the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem in December 164 BC.

The last time Hanukkah began on Christmas was in 1978 and the next time will be in 2027. At Mass today we prayed from the Hebrew Scriptures, “Light dawns for the just; and gladness, for the upright of heart”. The Feasts of Hanukkah and Christmas bring us light and joy and the promise of “blessed eternity.”

Apostles of Peace

Today’s Word:

“Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 1:2)


On This Date…

UnknownOn October 13, 1793 Norbertine Father Pierre-Adrien Toulorge was guillotined at age 36 in Coutances, France during the French Revolution. Just before his death he forgave those who were executing him; his body was thrown into a common grave. Father Toulourge was beatified in 2012 in Coutances; today is his feast day.

On October 13, 1985 Norbertine Father Roger Paider, Archmere’s third headmaster (1945-1946) died of cancer at age 71. He was at Archmere from 1944 to 1961, as chemistry teacher, librarian, prefect of discipline, and grounds keeper. He is buried at Daylesford.

Today at Mass we heard these words: “Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ”. The lives of Blessed Pierre-Adrien and Father Paider brought grace and peace to those they served – like Saint Norbert, “apostles of peace.”

– Father McLaughlin