Two Hearts That Faced Death Without Fear

Today’s Word:

Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid. (John 14:27)

On This Date…

On April 29, 1380, Saint Catherine of Siena died in Rome at age 33. Born in 1347 with a twin sister, she had 23 older siblings. Catherine inherited piety and concern for others from her father, and from her mother, drive and determination.

Catherine was canonized in 1461. In 1970, she was the first lay person to be made a Doctor of the Church.


Ruins of Abbaye de Beauport
Brittany, France

On April 29, 2012, Norbertine Father Peter Adrian Toulorge, O.Praem., was beatified in France. Born in Normandy, France in 1757, he was ordained a priest in 1782. He joined the Norbertine Order in 1787.

During the French Revolution, Father Peter’s abbey was suppressed in 1790. He was arrested for being a priest and guillotined on October 13, 1793 at age 36.

Just before his execution, Father Peter exclaimed, “My God, I place my life in your hands! Forgive my enemies.”

In today’s Gospel, Jesus says, “Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.” Both Saint Catherine and Blessed Peter took Jesus’ words to heart.

– Father McLaughlin

Like A Good Shepherd, Saint Ludolph Was There

Today’s Word:

Do not let your hearts be troubled. (John 14:1)

On April 26, Norbertines celebrate the Feast of Saint Ludolph, a Norbertine bishop who lived in Germany during the 13th century. He was elected bishop of Ratzeburg, Germany in 1236.
saint ludolph
According to one source, “like a good shepherd, Bishop Ludolph focused all his energies on the care of souls.” He tried to defend the properties of the cathedral when the local prince, Albert, the “bear of Saxony,” took possession of the lands.

As a result of Ludolph’s efforts, Albert imprisoned him – an unpopular move. When Albert finally released Ludolph, the bishop was near death. He was taken to a Franciscan friary where he died on March 29, 1250.

Ludolph’s veneration by Norbertines was approved by Pope Benedict XIII in 1728. His remains now rest in the Norbertine Abbey of Hamborn in Germany.

In today’s Gospel, Jesus says, “Do not let your hearts be troubled.”

On this Career Day for Archmere’s Class of 2014, perhaps some will consider walking in the footsteps of Bishop Ludolph – becoming good shepherds who care for souls with untroubled hearts.

– Father McLaughlin

Saint Augustine: Wrestling with A Restless Heart

Today’s Word:

Fecisti nos ad te et inquietum est cor nostrum donec requiescat in te.

“You have made us for Yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in You.”

– Confessions of Augustine

On April 24, 387 AD, Saint Augustine was baptized at the Easter Vigil at age 32. His 15 year old son Adeodatus and his best friend Alypius were baptized along with him. Augustine had struggled since his teen years with making intellectual sense of his mother’s Catholic faith as well as his own moral life.

After his conversion, Baptism, Confirmation, and First Communion, Augustine concluded in his Confessions, “You have made us for Yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in You.”
pietate et scientia
Tonight, the members of the Class of 2014 received their rings, which were blessed at this evening’s Ring Mass. Headmaster Dr. Michael Marinelli reminded the Class of 2014 of the two phrases on the Archmere ring:

Pietate et Scientia

Ad Omne Opus bonum paratus

The first, which translates “Reverence and Wisdom,” is Archmere’s school motto. The latter, which translates “Prepared for every good work,” is the motto of the Norbertine Order. Norbertines follow the Rule of Saint Augustine.

As spiritual children of Augustine, may we be prepared for every good work, doing them with reverence and wisdom.

– Father McLaughlin