Holocaust Martyrs and Heroes Remembrance Day 2014

Today’s Word:

Blessed are all who take refuge in the Lord. (Psalm 2:11d)


On This Date…

Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Day

Today is Holocaust Martyrs and Heroes Remembrance Day – one of the most solemn days of the Israeli calendar. It began last evening at sundown.

The 2014 Days of Remembrance will continue until May 4, honoring the six million Jews who perished in the Nazi Holocaust during World War II.

Miriam Caine, of the Association of Jewish Holocaust Survivors, is quoted in today’s Philadelphia Inquirer:

But for the survivors and their families, the history of the Holocaust does not move one. It cannot and must not be forgotten.

For the Jewish people we pray from the Hebrew Scriptures at Mass today, “Blessed are all who take refuge in the Lord.”

– Father McLaughlin

You Are a Lamp in a Dark Place; Spread The Light of Peace

Today’s Word:

You will do well to be attentive to it, as to a lamp shining in a dark place.
(2 Peter 1:19)


On This Date…

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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 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. In December 1965, he addressed the United Nations General Assembly, pleading, “No more war! War never again!”

On August 6, 1457, the Church established the Feast of the Transfiguration. Peter, one of the three apostles present on the mountain during the Transfiguration, later wrote of what he heard God say that day, “You will do well to be attentive to it, as to a lamp shining in a dark place.”

The are still dark places that need God’s light and peace. We, too, can plead, “No more war! War never again!”

– Father McLaughlin

Holocaust Remembrance Week 2013

Today’s Word:

This is the day the Lord has made; let us be glad and rejoice in it.
(Psalm 118:24)

Today begins Holocaust Remembrance Week 2013, established by Congress, and lasting until April 14. The theme of this year’s observance:

holocaust remembrance week, never again: heeding the warning signs

Holocaust Remembrance Day, April 8, marks the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising during the Nazi occupation of Poland in April-May 1943. A total of six million Jews lost their lives in the Holocaust during World War II.

On this day of Blessing and Remembrance we pray for Norbertines in Holland and Jews everywhere the words of today’s Psalm, “This is the day the Lord has made; let us be glad and rejoice in it.”

– Father McLaughlin