Trust in God’s Goodness

Today’s Word:

The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.” (Psalm 33:5b)


On This Date…

On April 22, 1834, Abbot John Baptist L’Ecuy, O.Praem. died in Paris at age 94. He was the last abbot of Prémontré, which was founded by Saint Norbert in 1120.

Abbot L’Ecuy’s heart is kept next to the tomb of Saint Norbert in Prague, Czech Republic. His body is kept in the Norbertine Abbey of Mondaye in Normandy, France.

On April 22, 1864, the United States Congress authorized the phrase, “In God We Trust,” on all two-cent coins. The next year, the phrase was placed on all U.S. coins. In 1956, it officially became the motto of our country.

On April 22, 1970, Earth Day was first held in San Francisco, California. In 1979, Pope John Paul II named Saint Francis of Assisi as the patron of ecology, calling him “an example of genuine and deep respect for the integrity of creation.”

On April 22, 2014, Easter Tuesday, we prayed today at Mass, “The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.”

So, “in God we trust.”

– Father McLaughlin

Know Thyself & Serve

Today’s Word:

O Lord, you have searched me and You know me.
(Psalm 139:1)


On This Date…

Augustine's Confessions

Augustine’s Confessions

On August 28, 430, Saint Augustine died in North Africa at age 75. Norbertines live according to the Rule of Augustine, a guide to religious life that Augustine wrote around the year 400.

In his Confessions, published in 397, Augustine writes:

Our hearts are restless, Lord, and they will never rest until they rest in You.

On August 28, 1784, Father Junípero Serra died in Carmel, California at age 69.

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At age 17, he joined the Franciscan Order. As a friar, Junípero founded nine missions between San Diego and San Francisco – a distance of 514 miles.

In 1931, a statue of Father Serra (left), sculpted by Ettore Cadorin, was placed in Statuary Hall in Washington, D.C.

On August 28, 1963, fifty years ago today, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to a multi-racial audience in Washington, D.C. Many wept openly as Dr. King spoke of a time when the evils of prejudice and segregation would vanish.

The works of Saint Augustine, Father Serra, and Dr. King remind us that we are each called to serve one another, and in turn, serve God. These three individuals inspire us all to say today’s Mass psalm, “O Lord, you have searched me and You know me.”

– Father McLaughlin