Today’s Word:

“There was great calm”  (Mark 4:39)

On This Date…

At 9:30 AM today the congregation of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, gathered for Sunday worship, their first gathering since the shooting in their church on Wednesday evening during Bible Study of nine of their members, 6 women and 3 men, including the pastor, Rev. Clementa Pinckney. At 10:00 AM today many churches in Charleston, Protestant and Catholic, rang church bells in solidarity of faith and forgiveness, hope, and love.

At 12:38 PM EDT today summer began with the summer solstice, the day of most daylight in the calendar year. The sun rose this morning at 5:33AM and will set this evening at 8:34PM.

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.

Today is Father’s Day, first celebrated in Washington State on June 19, 1910, and established as a national holiday by President Nixon in 1972. It is celebrated on the third Sunday of June. Today is a day to remember all fathers, living and deceased. Rev. Pinckney, age 41, was the father of two children.

In today’s Gospel, Jesus, in a boat with His disciples, calmed the wind and sea during a storm – “There was great calm”. On this longest day we pray for calm and light in the hearts of our fathers and in the hearts of the members of Emanuel Church in Charleston. The name “Emanuel” means “God is with us.”

– Father McLaughlin



Summer Solstice: The Feast of Saint Aloysius Gonzaga

Today’s Word:

Into Your Hand I commit my spirit;
You have ransomed me, O Lord, God of truth.
(Psalm 31:5)

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Summer Solstice,
© Judith Townsend

At 1:04 a.m. EDT, summer officially began. Today, the sun rose at 5:34 a.m. and will set at 8:34 p.m., giving us 14 hours and 59 minutes of daylight.

On This Date…

On June 21, 1591, Saint Aloysius Gonzaga died in Rome at age 23. Born into a noble family in Italy, he was trained to be a soldier and slated to inherit his father’s riches. He became a court page as a teen, but he was soon drawn to leave that life for the priesthood.

At age 17, Aloysius entered the Jesuit community to be a missionary. In 1591, he volunteered to care for plague victims in a hospital where he eventually caught the disease himself. Aloysius died praying the words of Psalm 31, “Into your hands, O Lord.”

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He is now the patron of AIDS patients.

Saint Aloysius led by example, showing us how to use our precious hours of daylight – helping the needy and praying with faith.

– Father McLaughlin