May God Bless Us All

Today’s Word:

“My yoke is easy and my burden light” (Matthew 11:30)


On This Date…

Father Aloysius H. Schmitt

Father Aloysius H. Schmitt

On December 7, 374 Saint Ambrose was consecrated the bishop of Milan; in 387 he baptized 32 year old Saint Augustine.

On December 7, 1787 Delaware was the first state to ratify the Constitution; thus, Delaware is called “The First State.”

On December 7, 1941, a Sunday, Pearl Harbor in Hawaii was attacked at 7:50 AM; a total of 21 ships were destroyed or damaged; 2,388 were killed; and about 2,000 were injured.

On December 7, 1965 the Second Vatican Council issued the “Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World,” stressing the dignity of the human person.

Among those who died 75 years ago in Pearl Harbor was Father Aloysius Schmitt, age 32, the first Catholic chaplain to be killed in action. He had just celebrated Mass on the USS Oklahoma when the ship was hit. He ministered to the wounded and dying. When the call came to abandon ship, he could not get out; he told others to pull him out of the way to provide a way out for others. His last words were “Please let go of me, and may God bless you all.” Father Schmitt epitomized Jesus’ words in today’s Gospel: “My yoke is easy and my burden light”.

 
– Father McLaughlin

Nothing Will Be Impossible for God

Today’s Word:

“Nothing will be impossible for God” (Luke 1:37)


On This Date…

On December 8, 1854 Pope Pius IX proclaimed the dogma of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

On December 8, 1932 Archmere Academy blessed the picture of the Immaculate Conception that currently hangs over the fireplace in the music room of The Patio (the image used on today’s Mass program); the picture was a gift of the first Mothers Guild of Archmere.

On December 8, 1965, 50 years ago today, the Second Vatican Council came to a close; it had opened on October 11, 1962.

On December 8, 2014 Father Steven Albero blessed the icon of the Immaculate Conception that currently hangs in Archmere’s Oratory; the Blessed Mother is pictured with Saint Augustine and Saint Norbert, two key patrons of our school.

ANSA917624_ArticoloOn December 8, 2015, today, Pope Francis opened the Holy Door at Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome, formally opening the Year of Mercy; the year will continue until November 20, 2016.

Father Joseph Serano invited us this morning to extend mercy to one another. As we heard at Mass today, “Nothing will be impossible for God”.

– Father McLaughlin

All Things Are Possible

Today’s Word:

“All things are possible for God” (Mark 10:27)


On This Date…

Pope John XXIII

Pope John XXIII

On October 11, 1898 Father Bernard Pennings, O.Praem. taught a Latin class to Francis Vandyke, the first student at Saint Norbert College; the second and third students arrived on October 18 and 25, 1898. All three became Norbertines and teachers. The first gym at Saint Norbert College was named for Father VanDyke who became athletic director of the college in 1910. Today marks the beginning of the Norbertine education apostolate in North America.

On October 11, 1962 the Second Vatican Council opened in Rome; it lasted for four sessions over four years, concluding on December 8, 1965. Participating in the Council were 3,058 bishops and religious superiors, including 416 from North America.

Pope John XXIII told the Council ‘s delegates on this day in 1962: “Divine Providence is leading us to a new order of human relations.” Pope John XXIII was canonized on April 27, 2014 and today is his feast day.

In today’s Gospel Jesus says, “All things are possible for God”. Father Pennings and Pope John XXIII believed those words of Jesus.

– Father McLaughlin