As the deer longs for running waters, so my soul longs for you, O God. (Psalm 42:1)
On This Date…
On March 24, 1980, Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador was assassinated while celebrating Mass in a cancer hospital run by Carmelite nuns. Sixty-three years of age, he had been archbishop of San Salvador since February 22, 1977.
The day before his death he had issued this plea:
We are your people. The peasants you kill are your own brothers and sisters. In the name of God, in the name of our tormented people whose cries rise up to heaven, I beseech you, I beg you, I command you, ‘Stop the killing.'”
On March 24, 1985, Abbot Norbert Calmels, O.Praem. died of cancer in Paris at age 76. He was ordained a priest in 1934, elected Abbot of Frigolet Abbey in France is 1945, and elected Abbot General of the Norbertine Order on September 19, 1962 – just before the opening of Vatican Council II.
Abbot Calmels served as abbot general until 1982. He was abbot general when Daylesford Abbey became an independent Norbertine community (1963 and abbey (1971). During his last hour of life, strengthened by the Sacrament of Anointing, he had “a child-like look of wonder turned toward the invisible.”
Both Archbishop Romero and Abbot Calmels encourage us to pray in the words of today’s psalm, “As the deer longs for running waters, so my soul longs for you, O God.”
– Father McLaughlin