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What a Life columns now in book form

What a Life columns now in book form

When I wrote my first weekly column for the Daily Comet in December 1998, I stated my intentions for the articles: “What a Life? is a weekly religious column intended to make people think about issues that are important to people today. I hope to give my readers material that will deepen their lives and make them more aware of the God of Life. I invite readers’ responses and participation.”

People have responded with encouragement as well as ideas and materials that I have used in my columns.
I now write for four newspapers in the southeastern Louisiana bayou area, the Times in Houma, the Lafourche Gazette, the Morgan City Daily Review and the Pierre Part Bayou Journal.

At one time, I wrote for nine different newspapers.

When I would see some of my readers, they would ask me, “When are you going to put your articles in a book form?”

Well, it has finally happened!

With suggestions from my readers, I have picked out 370 articles from the more than 800 I have written in the past 16 years. Though I am Catholic, I have tried to emphasize a spirituality that can be applied to people of any Christian faith. Some of my biggest fans have been ministers of other faiths.

The advantage of having these columns in a book form is that you can use it as a meditation book and talk about it with others who have purchased the book. It also can be used for a discussion group. A pastor might use it in a parish after a weekday Mass and have people give their insights in the daily mediation.

The reason I have 370 articles instead of 365 is because I included one for the Leap day, and four for the Solemn four days in Holy Week – Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday. These can be found in the month of March. I have also tried to honor some Feast Days and Sacred times of the year.

I will be in the Lafourche area at Sacred Heart Church in Cut Off on March 8 following the 11:00 a.m. Mass with the book which is titled “Daily Readings for a Holistic Spiritual Life”.

Copies can also be obtained from the Galliano Religious Supply House at 18210 West Main, Suite 13, in Galliano.