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Sunday, September 23, 2018



What A Life

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  • Abbot Aelred writes about the spiritual friendship of David and Jonathan

     Abbot Aelred (1109-1167) was the abbot of the English Cistercian abbey of Rievaulz from 1147-1167.During his abbacy he built Rievaulx into a place of spiritual welcome and physical prosperity, wanting to make it a “mother of mercy” to those in need.In a three-book dialogue, Aelred defines human friendship as sacramental, beginning with creation, as God sought to place his own love of society in all his creatures, then linking friends to Christ in this life and culminating in fr...

  • We should look at a new and less expensive way of administering justice

    Louisiana has had some success in improving our system for punishing criminals. We have moved from incarcerating the most prisoners per 100,000, to the second to last place. Our state was known as the “world’s prison capital.” We thank Oklahoma for helping us move up a notch.However, we still have a long way to go.

  • Serious evils will triumph if good men and women do nothing to stop them

    I started this article before President Trump reversed his stance and signed the executive order ending the practice of separating immigrant children from their parents at the border. Two-thirds of Americans have condemned the practice and practically every religious leader has called this policy “immoral.”I am still sending this to the press in the hope that his will never happen again.Child Psychologists described this practice as “child abuse.” These children might be ...

  • Watching and reflecting on an old movie can raise life’s deep questions

    I recently watched the movie “Rebel Without a Cause” starring James Dean and Natalie Wood. The movie hit the screens in 1955, that’s 63 years ago. I think I saw it twice when it originally came out but that was decades ago.The only thing I remember well from “way back when” were the two violent scenes.

  • Spirituality is essential for human happiness and mental health

    Dr. David N. Elkins, in an article in Psychology Today, entitled “Spirituality: It’s What’s Missing in Mental Health,” shares his own faith journey:“During my first therapy session years ago, the therapist listened to me as no one had ever listened before.

  • We continue to learn from the difficulties, struggles and faith of others We continue the life story of Ronald Griffin, Sr. from last week.

    Ronald’s financial situation improved over the years but some of his bad habits stayed with him.He writes, “I kept being jealous and mean to my wonderful wife and my number one son, poor baby. I was so mean and jealous that I didn’t want my wife to go anywhere, not even to church. But she would go to church when I was at work for seven days.”When one person tries to control another, it’s not love.

  • We can learn much from the struggles, difficulties and faith of others

    A few months ago Ronald Griffin, Sr. from Golden Meadow, LA, gave me a 23-page typed written manuscript of his life and ask if I would read it and possibility use it in my columns.I finally read it and because of the length, I have divided his life story in two columns.Ronald was born on May 22, 1935. He had six older siblings who were all born about 18-20 months apart.

  • Jesus’ command to love one another as I have loved you is the essence of being a Christian

    Love exists not because we love but because God loves us. Love exists with or without us. Jesus chooses to love all of us all the time, whether or not we return that love.Love is God’s command.

  • Real or authentic life is the life of a person who lives in Christ

    Throughout the Gospel of John the author gives us many other images where Jesus says “I am.” Jesus says, “I am the bread of life,” “I am the Good Shepherd,” “I am the living water.”These wonderful images talk about the necessity of our being nourished and protected by Jesus. Yet the image of the vine and the branches goes even further. Our Lord tells us that our life flows directly from his life.

  • Mothers observe Jesus’ command "To wash each others feet" by their life

    When Jesus instituted the Eucharist and washed his disciples’ feet, he gave us gestures of love “that allow the church to grow if we are faithful to our calling,” Pope Francis said in his April 26 homily during Mass at St. Martha’s Church.“Without love, (the church) does not grow, but rather becomes an empty institution of appearances, of gestures without fruitfulness,” he said. “Jesus tells how we should love: unconditionally until the end.”The po...

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