Take Courage

Today’s Word:

Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid. (Matthew 14:27)

On This Date…
On August 10,1893 Abbot Augustine Bazelmans, O.Praem. of Berne Abbey in Holland, with the unanimous consent of his Council, agreed to send Norbertine missionaries to work in the Diocese of Green Bay, Wisconsin. Father Bernard Pennings, O.Praem. and two other Norbertines left Holland by boat on November 1, 1893; they were followed by an additional 23 Norbertines.

In today’s Gospel, Jesus comforts his disciples at 3:00 AM on a boat in the Sea of Galilee, as they dealt with strong winds and high waves, saying, “Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.”

The pioneer Norbertine missionaries dealt with storms at sea and challenges on land; but, they took courage and overcame their fears.

– Father McLaughlin

Tend, Feed, Protect

Today’s Word:

Do you love me? …Feed my lambs …Tend my sheep …Feed my sheep. (John 21:15-17)

On This Date…


On June 6, 1134, the Wednesday after Pentecost Sunday, Saint Norbert died in Magdeburg, Germany at age 54. He had been ill for several months with malaria, suffering sever headaches and high fever.

He was fully conscious at the moment of death, gave his blessing to the community gathered at his bedside, uttered the name of Christ, and died peacefully. His Funeral Mass and burial took place on June 11, 1134 in Magdeburg.

Operation Toy Drop

On June 6, 1944, D-Day, 60,000 Allied troops invaded Normandy, France. Of them, 9,387 are buried in the nearby American cemetery.

General James M. Gavin, commander of the 82nd Airborne Division paratroopers, told his troops, “When you land in Normandy, you will have only one friend, God.”

In today’s Gospel, the Risen Jesus asked Simon Peter three times at the Sea of Galilee, “Do you love me?” When Peter responded that he did, Jesus said, “Feed my lambs …Tend my sheep …Feed my sheep.”

Saint Norbert tended and fed his Norbertine community, as did those who gave their lives in Normandy, France, 70 years ago today.

– Father McLaughlin