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Sunday, July 14, 2019



What A Life

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  • For a civilization to succeed, the family must succeed and flourish

    Building a strong family life is an important task of families of all sizes and backgrounds. Trying to establish strong family ties is difficult in our secular world today. All too often today we read about one family member killing or injuring another family member.

  • Bishop Fabre addresses the Clergy Sexual Abuse of Minors Scandal

    Bishop Shelton Fabre recently published a pastoral letter entitled “Light in the Darkness” dealing with child sexual abuse. The following are some highlights of his pastoral.I write to you because of your faith in Jesus Christ and the important part you play as the Body of Christ, the Church. The Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux has released the names of any priest with a credible allegation of child sexual abuse since our inception in 1977.

  • Coach Dale Brown offers 10 facts to improve race relations in our country

    Retired LSU Basketball Coach Dale Brown gave this edited address at a recent Interrupting the Culture of Violence Meeting. His message is appropriate for the upcoming Martin Luther King Day.We must have the courage to stand up for what we know is right and speak the truth. Far too many people prefer not to know the truth, because they just want reassurance that what they believe is the truth.There are so many very loving and caring blacks and whites that constantly interact with each other as br...

  • The family is a place where we love each other far beyond our merits

    This past year was an up and down year for many of us. Whether we agree or disagree with the present policies of our country, one thing we can agree on is the importance of our families.When we speak of family life today, having a single idea of what a family looks like is difficult. In the U.S.

  • Standing up for gospel values may not be popular in our world today

    On March 24, 1980, a lone gunman stepped out of his car, rested his rifle on the car door and aimed it at the church. Through the wide-open doors he could see directly up the long aisle to his target, an archbishop who was just finishing his homily at Mass that morning. A shot rang out, and so ended the life of Oscar A.

  • The fourth wise man’s gifts were accepted by Jesus on the road to Calvary

    Each Christmas we tell the story of the wise men from the East who made their way to Bethlehem to worship the newborn king and laid their treasures at his feet. Henry Van Dyke tells us about another wise man who also followed the star. He life long journey brought him to Bethlehem and beyond.

  • The candy cane and the Ten Commandments can teach us the true means of Christmas

    The traditional Christmas candy cane was first introduced by a choir director to teach children (and adults) the true meaning of Christmas. Its interpretation has evolved over the centuries but it is still a powerful symbol for “The Reason for the Season.”The following is the traditional explanation for the “J” shaped white candy with red stripes.The hard candy reminds us that Jesus is our rock. “The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer, my God, my rock in...

  • When we live according to God’s law of love, we are being our true selves

    When I was growing up, I used to think that Jesus was the first person to teach us about love. Of course, I later learned that when the Jewish lawyer asked him which was the greatest commandment in the law, he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.”This is the greatest and first commandment, and a second is like it: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matt 22:36-39)Jesus put these two comma...

  • Listening to others in a non-judgmental way takes hard work on many levels

    Has anyone ever yelled at you and said, “You’re not listening to me!”Or sometimes I wonder whether God yells at us with the same message, “You’re not listening to me!”Listening to others is so important yet it takes a lot of work. The following reflection is called “Please Listen.” The author is Leo Buscaglia. I will use paragraphs from the poem and add my own insights.“When I ask you to listen to me and you start giving me advice, you have n...

  • Facing our death will have an overwhelming influence on how we live

    Boudreaux and Thibodaux were fishing at the end of a bayou. They had put up a sign that read, “The end is near. Turn yourself around.”After a while, a car came speeding along.

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