Pray Urgently For World Peace

Today’s Word:

“If you ask anything in my name, I will do it” (John 14:14)


On This Date…

On May 13, 1917 the Blessed Mother appeared to three children (ages 10, 9, 7) at Fatima, Portugal; she appeared a total of six times, asking the children to pray for conversion, repentance and world peace. World War I was being fought from 1914 to 1918.

On May 13, 1963, Father Michael McLaughlin, O.Praem., Archmere Class of 1938, died of cancer at age 42 – the first member of Daylesford to die; he is buried at Daylesford Abbey. He had taught math at Bishop Neumann High School.

On May 13, 1981 Pope John Paul II was shot in Saint Peter’s Square in Rome; after he recovered the pope met with the man who shot him, forgave him, and made peace.

On May 13, 2000 Pope John Paul II went to Fatima to beatify two of the children to whom the Blessed Mother had appeared in 1917: Francisco who died in 1919 at age 11, and Jacinta who died in 1920 at age 10; both died of influenza.

On May 13, 2017, earlier today, Pope Francis canonized Francisco and Jacinta at Fatima, saying, “We declare the blissful Francisco Marto and Jacinta Marto saints.” The two were brother and sister.

In today’s Gospel Jesus says, “If you ask anything in my name, I will do it”. Inspired by Francisco and Jacinta, let us pray urgently for world peace.

– Father McLaughlin

Do You Love Me?

Today’s Word:

“Do you love me? Feed/tend lambs/sheep” (John 21:15-17)


On This Date…
UnknownOn May 13, 1917 the Blessed Mother appeared to three children (ages 10, 9, 7) at Fatima, Portugal; she appeared a total of 6 times in 5 months, asking the children to pray for conversion, repentance, and world peace.

On May 13, 1963 Father Michael McLaughlin, O.Praem., Archmere Class of 1938, died of cancer at age 42; he was the first member of Daylesford to die and is buried at Daylesford Abbey. He had taught math at Bishop Neumann High School in Philadelphia.

On May 13, 1981 Pope John Paul II was shot in Saint Peter’s Square in Rome; after he recovered the pope met with the gunman, forgave him, and made peace.

On May 13, 2000 Pope John Paul II went to Fatima to beatify two of the children to whom the Blessed Mother appeared in 1917: Francisco who died in 1919 at age 11 and Jacinta who died in 1920 at age 10.

In today’s Gospel on “Friday the 13th,” Jesus asks Simon Peter 3 times, “Do you love me? Feed/tend lambs/sheep” (John 21:15-17). The 3 Fatima children, Father Michael McLaughlin, and Pope John Paul II – all did as Jesus asked.

– Father McLaughlin

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