Do Not Be Afraid, I Am With You

Today’s Word:

Rise, and do not be afraid. (Matthew 17:7)


On This Date…

The Transfiguration, Raphael.

The Transfiguration, Raphael.

On August 6, 1945, the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan. 75,000 people died instantly, and another 65,000 died in the following months from their injuries and radiation sickness.

On August 6, 1978, Pope Paul VI died in Rome at age 80. He was the first pope to visit the United States, addressing the United Nations General Assembly in December 1965, pleading, “No more war. War never again.”

On August 6, 1457, the Feast of the Transfiguration was established by the Church. In the Gospel for the feast, Jesus says, “Rise, and do not be afraid.”

Trench Warfare. Somme, France - July 1916.

Trench Warfare.
Somme, France – July 1916.

With so much fear in Russia and Ukraine, Israel and Palestine, Iraq and Afghanistan, and in Europe recalling this week, the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, we long to hear Jesus’ words as we say, “No more war. War never again.”

– Father McLaughlin

The Tragedy of War

Today’s Word:

Do not hand over the life of your dove to wild beasts; do not forget the lives of your afflicted people forever. (Psalm 74:19b)


On This Date…

Trench Warfare. Somme, France - July 1916.

Trench Warfare.
Somme, France – July 1916.

On June 28, 1914, Archduke Franz Ferdinand of the Austro-Hungarian Empire was assassinated in Sarajevo. His assassination sparked the start of World War I – “the war to end all wars.” WWI decimated the European continent until the armistice was signed on November 11, 1918, at 11 a.m.

As we mark this painful anniversary, we remember all who still face the tragedy of war, praying, “Lord, forget not the souls of your poor ones,” words we prayed at Mass today.

– Father McLaughlin

Love Justice

Today’s Word:

Love justice…think of the Lord in goodness, and seek him in integrity of heart. (Wisdom 1:1)


On This Date…

Martin of Tours

Martin of Tours

On November 11, 397, Saint Martin, Bishop of Tours, France, was buried after having died on November 8 at age 81. He became a soldier at age 15, was baptized a Catholic at 18, and after leaving the army he became a monk, priest, and on July 4, 371, a bishop. While in the army, at about age 17, he cut his military cloak in half to give one half to a beggar who was cold.

On November 11, 1918, the armistice was signed ending World War I, at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. During WWI, 8,538,315 soldiers were killed, including 126,000 Americans. The name “Armistice Day” was changed in 1954 to “Veterans Day” to honor all those living and deceased, who have served in the military. According to today’s News Journal, there are 78,016 veterans living in Delaware.

Father Justin Diny, O.Praem.

Father Justin Diny, O.Praem.

On November 11, 1989, Father Justin Diny, O.Praem., Archmere’s 4th headmaster, died in Sacred Heart Hospital in Chester, Pennsylvania. He died at age 77 after suffering a heart attack and stroke. Father Diny had served Archmere for 51 years.

At Mass today we heard these words: “Love justice…think of the Lord in goodness, and seek him in integrity of heart.” Father Diny was just, good, and honest. May he rest in peace.

– Father McLaughlin