May God Bless Us All

Today’s Word:

“My yoke is easy and my burden light” (Matthew 11:30)


On This Date…

Father Aloysius H. Schmitt

Father Aloysius H. Schmitt

On December 7, 374 Saint Ambrose was consecrated the bishop of Milan; in 387 he baptized 32 year old Saint Augustine.

On December 7, 1787 Delaware was the first state to ratify the Constitution; thus, Delaware is called “The First State.”

On December 7, 1941, a Sunday, Pearl Harbor in Hawaii was attacked at 7:50 AM; a total of 21 ships were destroyed or damaged; 2,388 were killed; and about 2,000 were injured.

On December 7, 1965 the Second Vatican Council issued the “Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World,” stressing the dignity of the human person.

Among those who died 75 years ago in Pearl Harbor was Father Aloysius Schmitt, age 32, the first Catholic chaplain to be killed in action. He had just celebrated Mass on the USS Oklahoma when the ship was hit. He ministered to the wounded and dying. When the call came to abandon ship, he could not get out; he told others to pull him out of the way to provide a way out for others. His last words were “Please let go of me, and may God bless you all.” Father Schmitt epitomized Jesus’ words in today’s Gospel: “My yoke is easy and my burden light”.

 
– Father McLaughlin

We Pledge Allegiance to the Flag…

On This Date…

imagesOn June 14, 1777 the Continental Congress adopted the first official flag (13 white stars in a field of blue, 13 red and white stripes). Flag Day has been celebrated on June 14th since 1877. Congress formally recognized June 14th as Flag Day in 1949.

Today was the funeral for the father of three Archmere graduates and grandfather of four Archmere students (two graduated and two current students). He served in the Army during World War II and after the Mass of Christian Burial his body was draped with the American flag; it was presented to his widow at the cemetery, the gift “of a grateful nation.”

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

– Father McLaughlin

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