Upon This Rock

Today’s Word:

You are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church.
(Matthew 16:18)


On This Date…

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Abbot Bernard Pennings, O.Praem.

On June 29, 1932, Abbot Bernard Pennings, O.Praem., in De Pere, Wisconsin, telegraphed Father Michael McKeough, O.Praem., in Shelby, Montana, appointing Father McKeough the first headmaster of Archmere Academy. He telegraphed his repsonse at 4:33 p.m. that same day:

Will do as you wish. Sounds great.

The next day, Abbot Pennings wrote to Bishop Edmond Fitzmaurice of Wilmington, seeking the bishop’s approval to open Archmere Academy.

Today is the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul. In today’s Gospel, Jesus said, “You are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church.” Abbot Pennings and Father McKeough built Archmere on the rock of their faith in Jesus.

– 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