“Whoever sows bountifully will reap bountifully. God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:6-7)
On This Date…
On August 10, 1893, Abbot Augustine Bazelmans, O.Praem., abbot of Berne Abbey in Holland, with the unanimous consent of his Council, agreed to the July 20, 1893 request of the bishop of Green Bay, Wisconsin, to send Norbertines to work in the Diocese of Green Bay. Father Bernard Pennings, O.Praem., and two other missionaries left Holland for America on November 1, 1893; they were later followed by an additional 23 missionaries from Berne Abbey.
On August 10, 258, the Deacon Lawrence was martyred in Rome, for his reverence for and service to the poor. He called the poor the “treasures of the Church.”
In the first reading for today’s Mass, Saint Paul says, “Whoever sows bountifully will reap bountifully. God loves a cheerful giver”. Saint Lawrence was cheerful to the very end. The Norbertines of Holland were cheerful and bountiful sowers, leaving their abbey and coming to serve in America, founding Archmere in 1932.
– Father McLaughlin