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Sunday, October 14, 2018



What A Life

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  • 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...

  • Jesus wants us to see the eternal principles behind the laws

    Jesus condemns the religious leaders of his day for making religion a show for others to see.Jesus was always interested in the principles behind the laws. Jesus condemns the Scribes and Pharisees for worrying about all the rules and regulations and forgetting their purpose.All Ten Commandments are based on two great principles. The first is reverence – reverence for God, for God’s name, for God’s day, for the parents God has given to us.

  • Loving ourselves, our neighbor and God are at the heart of our religion

    A scribe once asked Jesus which was the greatest commandment.Jesus 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.’”These two commandments are the foundation of our religion as Christians. Unfortunately, we are not doing a good job with them. Why is that?Could it be that we still beli...

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