Rich In What Matters To God

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Today in Krakow, Poland, World Youth Day concluded with a Mass celebrated by Pope Francis. He asked the young people, “Do you want to be hope for the future? … Preserve your memory of your people, of your family and where you come from. the memory of your journey, and what you received from your those closest to you.” Pope Francis especially singled out grandparents.

Last evening, Pope Francis and the pilgrims (1.6 million young people attended the gathering) walked nine miles to an open field, where Pope Francis urged them to be “young people with shoes, or better, boots laced.”  Afterwards many spent the night in prayer, in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, and participating in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Today, 29 Archmere senior boys gathered in the Oratory of Saint Norbert Hall for Mass at 7:30 AM, before heading to Virginia for a 4-day camping trip. After Mass the boys had a breakfast prepared in the Student Life Center by their parents – “those closest to them.”

In today’s Gospel Jesus urged His listeners to be “rich in what matters to God” (Luke 12:21). In being “rich in what matters to God” we shall be “hope for the future.”

– Father McLaughlin

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Servant of God

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Father Stanley Rother

Father Stanley Rother

On July 28, 1981 Father Stanley Rother was shot to death in his rectory in his parish in Santiago Atitlan in Guatemala. He grew up on a farm in Oklahoma, was ordained a priest in 1963 at age 28. and volunteered to go to Guatemala in 1968. He attended to the spiritual needs of his people but also used his farming skills to help them make a living. On Sundays 3,500 people came to his parish for Mass.

Because of his work on behalf of the poor, his life was threatened. He returned to his home in Oklahoma in January 1981, but returned to Guatemala during Holy Week to celebrate the Death and Resurrection of Jesus. After his Funeral Mass in Guatemala, his body was returned to America for burial; his family allowed his heart to be buried in his parish church in Guatemala.

In 2015 the Holy See officially named him a “servant of God,” opening the way for his beatification. Father Rother said, “Pray for us that we may be a sign of the love of Christ for our people.” That is the message Pope Francis gave today at the World Youth Day in Poland.

– Father McLaughlin

An “Openness to Being Surprised By God”

Today’s Word:

Today, looking forward to the World Youth Day, which has brought me to Brazil, I too come to knock on the door of the house of Mary – who loved and raised Jesus – that she may help all of us, pastors of God’s people, parents and educators, to pass on to our young people the values that can help them build a nation and world which are more just, united and fraternal.

For this reason I would like to speak of three simple attitudes: hopefulness, openness to being surprised by God, and living in joy.

– from Pope Francis’ homily at the Marian Shrine of Aparecido


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July 25 is the feast of Saint James the Apostle.

On July 25, 1126, Saint Norbert was consecrated Archbishop of Magdeburg, Germany. When he arrived at Magdeburg on July 18, he took off his shoes, and walked into the city barefoot as a sign of humility and penance. Since 1120, Norbert had been living with his newly formed Norbertine community in Premontre, France.

Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida

Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida

Today, July 25, 2013, Pope Francis arrives in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for an afternoon prayer service at World Youth Day.

Yesterday, he celebrated Mass with 45,000 pilgrims at the Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida – Brazil’s most sacred shrine. In his homily, Pope Francis asked young people to adopt three postures: hopefulness, joyfulness, and “an openness to being surprised by God.”

– Father McLaughlin