A God of the Living

Today’s Word:

“a God of the living” (Mark 12:27)


On This Date…

On June 3, 1134, Pentecost Sunday, Saint Norbert received the Sacrament of the Sick. He encouraged those gathered at his sickbed to be people of “Faith and Patience” (the words on the Norbert window in the Reconciliation Room in Archmere’s Oratory). Saint Norbert died three days later at age 54.

On June 3, 1963, Pentecost Monday, Pope John XXIII died in his apartment in the Vatican at 7:49 PM Rome time at age 81, just after a Mass for him was completed in Saint Peter’s Square; he had suffered from cancer for a year. He was able to preside at the opening of Vatican Council II on October 11, 1962 (the Council ended in 1965). Pope John was canonized on April 27, 2014.

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.

– Father McLaughlin

 

Pope John XXIII

Pope John XXIII

The Lord’s Hand

Today’s Word:

“Your right hand saves me, O Lord” (Psalm 138:7c)


On This Date…

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Brother Roger Schutz

On May 12, 1915, Roger Schutz was born in Switzerland. In 1940, as Word War II overtook Europe, Roger, by then a minister of the Swiss reformed Church, settled in the village of Taize in France where he and some companions were soon sheltering Jewish refugees.

After the war they cared for orphaned children and German prisoners of war. On Easter Sunday in 1949, Roger and six members of his community made a formal commitment to live a life of community, celibacy, and simplicity, devoted to peace and justice. Pope John XXIII invited Brother Roger and his community to attend Vatican Council II. Brother Roger died on August 16, 2005 at age 90, killed during a prayer service at Taize.

Brother Roger lived today’s psalm response: “Your right hand saves me, O Lord”.

– Father McLaughlin

Dual Papal Canonization Unprecedented in Church History

Today’s Word:

Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.
(John 20:21)


On This Date…

Pope John XXIII.

Pope John XXIII.

Today at the Vatican, Pope Francis, in the presence of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, canonized Pope John XXIII (1958-1963) and Pope John Paul II (1978-2005) – the first dual papal canonization in the history of the church.

Pope John XXIII (1881-1963) convened Vatican Council II in 1962, setting in motion “a broad new vision and set of reforms for the Roman Catholic Church.” Pope John Paul II attended Vatican II, having been ordained a bishop in 1958, one month prior to the election of Pope John XXIII.

Pope John Paul II.

Pope John Paul II.

Pope John Paul II (1920-2005) had “a vision of the Church as a bulwark against totalitarian forces,” no doubt shaped by his experiences of communism in his native Poland.

In today’s Gospel, Jesus appeared to the disciples on Easter night, saying, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” Today, we thank God for sending us Saint John XXIII and Saint John Paul II.

– Father McLaughlin