Celebrating Our Earthly Fathers

Today’s Word:

God so loved the world that He gave His only Son. (John 3:16)


On This Date…

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On June 15, 1204, Norbertine Bishop Isfrid died in Germany at age 90. He was born in 1115, and joined the Norbertine Order early on in its history. He became the superior of a Norbertine community in 1159, and later bishop in 1178.

Devotion to Isfrid as a saint was approved by Pope Benedict XIII in 1728.

On June 15, 1776, the members of the Delaware Assembly voted to end all connections with King George III of England. This “Separation Day” was the first big step toward independence.

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Today is Father’s Day. It was proposed by Sonora Dodd of Spokane, Washington to honor her father who was a Civil War veteran, and whose wife died in childbirth leaving him with six young children to care for.

Sonora Louise Smart Dodd

Sonora Louise Smart Dodd

Father’s Day was observed in Spokane beginning in 1910, and it was finally declared a national holiday in 1972 by President Richard M. Nixon.

Today is also Trinity Sunday. In the Gospel reading for today, Jesus says, “God so loved the world that He gave His only Son.” Jesus described God as a most generous father – a reminder to us to be grateful for our earthly fathers.

– 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

Christ is Knocking On Our Door

Today’s Word:

The Lord is gracious and merciful. (Psalm 145:8a)


On This Date…

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On April 2, 2005, Pope John Paul II died in Rome at age 84. He was born May 18, 1920.

His mother died was he was 8, and his father when he was 21. He then entered the seminary and was ordained at age 26.

As a young man, he played soccer, acted in plays, and wrote plays. He was also a spiritual leader to a group of young adults with whom he went camping and kayaking.

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Coat of Arms of Pope John Paul II.

When he became a bishop in 1958, he took for his motto Totus Tuus, which translates “totally yours,” a reference to his devotion to the Blessed Mother. He was elected pope on October 16, 1978. At his installation Mass six days later he said in his homily, “Be not afraid! Open the doors to Christ.”

Pope John Paul II was beatified in 2011, and he will be canonized a saint on April 27, 2014, Divine Mercy Sunday.

Blessed Pope John Paul II inspires us to open our doors to Christ, without fear, and to say with the psalmist in today’s Mass, “The Lord is gracious and merciful.”

– Father McLaughlin