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Sunday, January 21, 2018

Wednesday, January 24, 2018



What A Life

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  • Eight tips for nurturing your body, mind and spirit in 2018

    Jennifer Mertens, a high school religion teacher in Cincinnati, Ohio, wrote an article in the January 12 edition of National Catholic Reporter entitled “Eight Tips for Nurturing your Body, Mind and Spirit in 2018.” I am going to share her “eight tips” and give my own comments.Before I begin, I want to say I love her title. It’s wholistic. She addresses the whole person – body, mind and spirit.

  • When each family becomes stronger, so does our whole community

    When Joseph and Mary took baby Jesus to the temple for the purification rites, two senior citizens met them. Their names are Simeon and Anna.In many societies, the elderly maintain a predominant role in the life of the community. In our society that empathizes doing over being, most senior citizens are brushed aside as not being “with it.”It’s true that the vast majority of teenagers can tell me how to get the best use of my cell phone more than I can imagine.

  • Elimination of DACA is a national tragedy and a moral challenge for all of us

    We have many “leftovers” from last year to deal with this new year. One is the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The Most Reverend José H.

  • As we embrace a new year, we give thanks for the past and say yes to the future

    As we are about to begin a new year, the words of the former U.N. Secretary General Dag Hammarskjöld come to mind, “For all that has been, Thanks. To all that shall be, Yes.”You might ask, “How can we say thanks when we look back on this past year with all the catastrophes – hurricanes, wild fires, political strife, and mass shootings?”Yes, our world is far from perfect and we all have a duty to try to make it a little better before we leave this planet in our ...

  • Santa Claus reminds us of the true meaning of Christmas

    A reader sent me the following Christmas story that should be told over and over again.The week before Christmas, as I finished the household chores for the night and was preparing to go to bed, I heard a noise in the front of the house. I opened the front door and to my surprise, Santa himself was standing before me. He placed his finger over his lips so I wouldn’t cry out.I invited him in and asked him, “What can I do for you?”The words choked up in my throat when I saw the t...

  • Jesus showed us by his example how real Christians should act

    Did you ever wonder why we call Christ a King? Christ only admitted to being a king when Pilate asked him directly: “Are you the king of the Jews?” - Jesus replied, “You say so.”After the crowds mocked Jesus, Pilate put the sign on his cross, “Jesus Christ, King of the Jews.”Yet God always has the last say: In Matthew’s Gospel Jesus declares, “When the Son of God comes in his glory, he will sit on his royal throne as king, judging the world.”...

  • Bishop Fabre urged Religious Educators to find new way to reach our youth

    The following is a brief summary of Bishop Shelton Fabre’s address to the Religious Educators of our youth.As a Bishop and spiritual father to all the young people of the Houma-Thibodaux Diocese, I have a deep personal longing for their true happiness and eternal salvation. I want us to be grounded in the reality that ultimately any vision for Religious Education Programs, any visions for youth ministry, and any changes to the structures that evangelize our youth are all oriented to salvat...

  • Old Timers

    A couple in their nineties are both having problems remembering things. They decide to go to the doctor for a checkup.The doctor tells them that they're physically okay, but they might want to start writing things down to help them remember.Later that night while watching TV, the old man gets up from his chair.His wife asks, "Where are you going?""To the kitchen," he replies."Will you get me a bowl of ice cream?""Sure.""Don't you think you sho...

  • God takes us where we are, heals us, and sends us forth to change the World

    During this time of year, we give thanks for all God’s blessings. We have many reasons to be thankful. The most important reason is the love and mercy shown to each of us by the Almighty.

  • No matter what age we are, we have to be ready to meet our Loving God

    A couple weeks ago our nation experienced another dreadful mass shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. The gunman killed 26 people and wounded 20 others after he opened fire during the Sunday service.The shooter started firing shortly after the service began at 11:00 a.m. He was armed with a military-style rifle, and within minutes, many of those inside the small church were either dead or wounded.The victims ranged in age from one to 77, and among the dead were sever...

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