Permanent Peace

Today’s Word:

Amen, amen I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you. (John 16:23)


On This Date…

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On May 30, 1431, Joan of Arc, Maid of Orleans, France, and an army commander, was burned at the stake at age 19, after having been found guilty of witchcraft and heresy.

After her death, Joan’s mother and two brothers asked that her case be reviewed. Joan was found innocent of all charges in 1456.

She was canonized in 1920, and she is the patron of France and of those who are wrongly accused.

On May 30, 1868, Memorial Day was established as a day to honor the 618,222* Americans (see linked article) who had died in the Civil War (1861-65). In 1959, Congress proclaimed that Memorial Day be a day of prayer for permanent peace.

Since 1971, Memorial Day has been celebrated on the last Monday of May.

During her trial, Joan of Arc was asked if she was “in the state of grace.” She replied, “If I am not, may God put me there; and if I am, may God so keep me.” Similarly, in so many words, may we too ask God for permanent peace.

– Father McLaughlin

National Flag Day 2013

Today’s Word:

I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

Pledge of Allegiance of the United States

On This Date…

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On June 14, 1777, the United States Continental Congress adopted the first official national flag day. In 1893, Philadelphia recognized June 14 as a day on which the United States’ flag should be hoisted on public buildings. In 1949, Congress recognized June 14 as Flag Day.

As we “pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America,” we pray that our nation will be “one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

– Father McLaughlin

National Day of Prayer 2013

Today’s Word:

…one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
The Pledge of Allegiance

On May 2, 2013, our nation observes the National Day of Prayer, established officially by President Harry Truman in 1952. In 1988, President Ronald Reagan set the date as the first Thursday in May.

More than 30,000 prayer services are being held in our nation today as we ask for God’s help in facing the challenges of the present and the future.

On this National Day of Prayer, may our country be “one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

– Father McLaughlin