“Whatever you did to one of these least of mine, you did for me” (Matthew 25:40)
On This Date…
On November 11, 397 Saint Martin, Bishop of Tours, France, was buried, having died on November 8th at age 81. He became a soldier at 15, was baptized a Catholic Christian at 18, and , after leaving the army he became a monk, a priest, and bishop. When he was 17 he cut his military cloak in half, to give one half to a beggar who was cold.
On November 11, 1918 the armistice was signed ending World War I, at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. During the First World War 8,538,315 armed forces were killed, including 126,000 Americans. The name “Armistice Day” was changed in 1954 to “Veterans Day” to honor all those, living and deceased, who have served in the military. According to today’s News Journal, Delaware’s new National Guard headquarters in New Castle will be named in honor of the late Joseph R. (Beau) Biden, III ’87, who served in Iraq with the Delaware National Guard.
On November 11, 1989 Father Justin Diny, O.Praem., Archmere’s 4th headmaster, died in Sacred Heart Hospital in Chester, PA at age 77, after suffering a heart attack in The Patio during Mass. Father Diny served at Archmere for 51 years (1937-1944, 1946-1989).
In today’s Gospel Jesus said, “Whatever you did to one of these least of mine, you did for me” – so true of Saint Martin, Father Diny, and Beau Biden.
– Father McLaughlin