Tend the Flock of God In Your Midst

Today’s Word:

“Tend the flock of God in your midst” (1 Peter 5:2)


On This Date…

Constitutional Convention, Independence Hall, Philadelphia

On February 22, 1732 George Washington was born on a farm in Westmoreland County, Virginia. He married Martha Custis on January 6, 1759; they had no children, but Washington was later known as “Father of his country.” He was a delegate to The Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in May 1787, serving as president of the Convention. He was unanimously elected the first President of the United States and was inaugurated in New York City on April 30, 1789. He died on December 14, 1799 at Mount Vernon, Virginia, where he is buried. Thomas Jefferson said of George Washington, “His integrity was the most pure, his justice the most inflexible. He was, indeed, in every sense of the word, a wise, a good, and a great man.”

On February 22 early Roman Christians celebrated a feast in honor of their beloved ancestors in faith, including Saints Peter and Paul; when their feast was moved to June 29, today’s celebration focused on Saint Peter and his successors as bishop of Rome.

Today we pray for our religious and civil leaders, keeping in mind these words of Saint Peter heard at Mass today: “Tend the flock of God in your midst”.

– Father McLaughlin

Upon This Rock I Will Build My Church

Today’s Word:

“You are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church” (Matthew 16:18)


On This Date…

On June 29, 1932 Abbot Bernard Pennings, O.Praem. telegraphed Father Michael McKeough, O.Praem. in Montana, appointing him the first headmaster of Archmere Academy. Father McKeough telegraphed his response that same day: “Will do as you say. Sounds great.” The next day Abbot Pennings wrote to Bishop Edmond FitzMaurice of Wilmington, seeking the bishop’s approval of the plan to open Archmere Academy.

Saint Peter and Saint Paul

Saint Peter and Saint Paul

June 29th is the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul; in today’s Gospel Jesus told Peter, “You are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church”. Father McKeough was the rock upon which Archmere was built.

– Father McLaughlin

Ambassadors For Christ

Today’s Word:

“We are ambassadors for Christ” (2 Corinthians 5:20)


On This Date…

hugoOn February 10, 1164 Abbot Hugh of Fosses died at the Abbey of Premontre in France at age 70. He had met Saint Norbert for the first time on March 26, 1119 and was deeply affected by Norbert’s words and way of life. He joined the first Norbertine community in 1121 at Premontre and was appointed Prior (Norbert’s first assistant). When Norbert was made an archbishop in 1126 Hugh was elected as the first Abbot, serving until his death. He built the first monastery and the abbey church. Under his guidance the number of Norbertine monasteries grew to 126. He wrote one of the biographies of Saint Norbert. He never used the title “abbot” but “servant of God and Norbert.” Pope Pius XI confirmed the cult of Blessed Hugh in 1927; his remains were moved to the Norbertine headquarters in Rome in 2010. There is a beautiful statue of Blessed Hugh and Saint Norbert in the cemetery at Daylesford Abbey.

At Mass today we heard these words of Saint Paul, “We are ambassadors for Christ”. Blessed Hugh was an ambassador for Christ and Saint Norbert – a good Lenten companion for us.

– Father McLaughlin