Know Thyself & Serve

Today’s Word:

O Lord, you have searched me and You know me.
(Psalm 139:1)

On This Date…

Augustine's Confessions

Augustine’s Confessions

On August 28, 430, Saint Augustine died in North Africa at age 75. Norbertines live according to the Rule of Augustine, a guide to religious life that Augustine wrote around the year 400.

In his Confessions, published in 397, Augustine writes:

Our hearts are restless, Lord, and they will never rest until they rest in You.

On August 28, 1784, Father Junípero Serra died in Carmel, California at age 69.


At age 17, he joined the Franciscan Order. As a friar, Junípero founded nine missions between San Diego and San Francisco – a distance of 514 miles.

In 1931, a statue of Father Serra (left), sculpted by Ettore Cadorin, was placed in Statuary Hall in Washington, D.C.

On August 28, 1963, fifty years ago today, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to a multi-racial audience in Washington, D.C. Many wept openly as Dr. King spoke of a time when the evils of prejudice and segregation would vanish.

The works of Saint Augustine, Father Serra, and Dr. King remind us that we are each called to serve one another, and in turn, serve God. These three individuals inspire us all to say today’s Mass psalm, “O Lord, you have searched me and You know me.”

– Father McLaughlin

Find Hope in Sorrow, April 15

St. Damian Deveuster Statuary Hall, Washington, D.C.

St. Damian Deveuster
Statuary Hall, Washington, D.C.

On This Date…

On April 15, 1134, Easter Sunday, Saint Norbert celebrated his last Mass, sitting in a chair because of a debilitating illness. He died on June 6, 1134, three days after Pentecost, at age 54.

On April 15, 1889, Monday of Holy Week, Father Damian DeVeuster died at age 49 of leprosy in Molokai, Hawaii. He had served the lepers there for 16 years.

On April 15, 1969, Father DeVeuster’s statue was placed in Statuary Hall in Washington, D.C. He is shown wearing his religious habit and missionary hat, his face bearing the wounds of leprosy. Father Damian was canonized on October 11, 2009.

Today’s Word:

There let the way appear steps unto heav’n;
All that thou sendest me in mercy giv’n;
Angels to beckon me nearer, my God, to Thee.
(Sarah Flower Adams, 1841)

On April 15, 1912, at 2:17 a.m., the RMS Titanic sunk about 3 hours after hitting an iceberg. Killed in the tragedy were 1,523 people – 800 passengers and 715 crew members.

The last music to be played on the Titanic was the hymn “Nearer My God To Thee!”

This hymn brings hope to all who suffer, including those who are in pain and grief today in Boston, Massachusetts.

– Father McLaughlin