In God We Trust

Today’s Word:

“Let all the earth cry out to God with joy”

On This Date…

On April 22, 1834 Abbot John Baptist L’Ecuy, O.Praem., died in Paris at age 94; he was the last abbot of Premontre, the first Norbertine abbey, founded in 1120 by Saint Norbert; Abbot L’Ecuy’s heart is kept next to the tomb of Saint Norbert in Strahov Abbey, Prague, Czech Republic; his body rests in the Norbertine Abbey of Mondaye in Normandy, France.

On April 22, 1864 the United States Congress authorized the phrase “In God We Trust” on all two-cent coins; in 1865 the phrase was placed on all US coins. In 1956 “In God We Trust” officially became the motto of our country; it comes originally from the fourth stanza of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

On April 22, 1951 the Board of Directors of the Knights of Columbus adopted a resolution to amend the Pledge of Allegiance to include the phrase “under God” after the words “one nation”. The Pledge was composed in 1892 to help mark the 400th anniversary of the founding of America. Congress passed a resolution to amend the Pledge and President Dwight Eisenhower signed it in 1954.

On April 22, 1970 Earth Day was first held in San Francisco, CA. In 1979 Pope John Paul II named Saint Francis of Assisi as patron of ecology, calling the saint “an example of genuine and deep respect for the integrity of creation”.

Today at Mass we prayed, “Let all the earth cry out to God with joy” – perfect words to pray on our earth in a nation under God and in whom we trust.

– Father McLaughlin



Peace Be With You

Today’s Word:

“Peace be with you” (Luke 24:36)


Rev. Michael T. Collins, O.Praem. ’68

On This Date…

On April 19, 2005, Pope Benedict was elected pope, two days after his 78th birthday. He celebrated his 88th birthday on April 16, 2015. He resigned as pope in 2013. At his birthday celebration on Thursday, his personal secretary said that Pope Benedict is feeling the effects of his 88 years and is preparing for death, but is at peace because he is eager to see God.

Today at Archmere was a Memorial Mass for Father Michael Collins ’68, who died on January 22, 2015. Two hours before his death Father Collins vested for Mass, saying “I just want to be ready.”

In today’s Gospel Jesus appeared on Easter night and said, “Peace be with you”. Pope Benedict and Father Collins felt that peace. So may we.

– Father McLaughlin

Eternal Life

Today’s Word:

“God so loved the world that he gave His only-begotten Son, so that everyone who believes in Him might not perish but might have eternal life” (John 3:16)


Saint Norbert

On This Date…

On April 15, 1134, Easter Sunday, Saint Norbert celebrated his last Mass, sitting in a chair due to illness; he died on June 6, 1134 at age 54.

On April 15, 1865, Holy Saturday, President Abraham Lincoln died from a gunshot wound at age 56; he was called “a great martyr to liberty.”

On April 15, 1889, Monday of Holy Week, Father Damian DeVeuster died at Molokai, Hawaii, of leprosy at age 49; he had served the lepers for 16 years, always addressing them, “We lepers.”

At the Ring Mass tonight we heard these words: “God so loved the world that he gave His only-begotten Son, so that everyone who believes in Him might not perish but might have eternal life”. Saint Norbert, President Lincoln, and Father Damian believed these words and lived them.

– Father McLaughlin