Tomb of Saint Norbert at Strahov Abbey

On May 2, 1627, Saint Norbert’s casket was carried in procession into the Church of the Assumption in Strahov Abbey in Prague, Czech Republic. There, it was enthroned in a place of honor above the abbey’s side altar.

Tomb of Saint Norbert

Tomb of Saint Norbert, Strahov Abbey

The festivities in Prague lasted for a whole week, with numerous miracles reported and many people reconciled to the faith.

Saint Norbert was originally buried in Magdeburg, Germany at the time of his death in 1134. His body remained there until it was exhumed on December 3, 1626. His bones were still intact in their original position, and the skin on his face and head was still fresh.

The face of Saint Nobert appears on one side of the Archmere school ring, together with the words, “prepared for every good work.”

– 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