August 10, 2019

As a mother, I often think about the Old Testament story of Abraham’s sacrifice of Isaac with awe and amazement. God put Abraham to the test in an unthinkable way. Nowhere in the story does it say that Abraham questioned or complained about what God was asking him to do. God said to him, “Take your son Isaac, your only one, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah. There offer him up as a burnt offering on one… Read more

August 7, 2019

Social media has become a way of life for a large percentage of Americans. According to data collected by Statista, 79% of people in the U.S. have a social media profile. That translates to 244 million social media users in the U.S. in 2018. It has become one of the most popular ways we communicate with each other. Pros and Cons of Social Media Social media can be a great blessing as a method of keeping in touch with others, transmitting… Read more

August 4, 2019

In this past Sunday’s gospel reading, Jesus gives us the parable of the rich fool, who, after a bountiful harvest, presumed he could retire and live a life of carefree luxury. Conversely, God tells the rich man that his life is required of him this very night. The man realizes that although he has abundant material possessions, he has failed to prepare for what is truly important, eternal life. The lesson of this parable for us is to guard against… Read more

July 27, 2019

My 10-year-old daughter was playing a tennis match recently when her opponent called the wrong score, effectively taking some points from her. Like her mother, she has a strong sense of right and wrong and a belief that justice should prevail, so, of course, she contested the points. It got me thinking about the balance of God’s justice versus his mercy and whether these two attributes of God conflict or actually are in harmony. It’s a timeless and universal question,… Read more

July 22, 2019

You may have heard of the monkey trap.  In South America, Africa, and Asia, natives have discovered that when they place a gourd or interesting object inside a hollowed out space and drill a hole just large enough for a hand to pass through, they can catch a monkey. When the monkey reaches inside the hole and secures the item of interest, it grasps the object tightly and stubbornly refuses to let go, effectively trapping itself. Let Go and Let… Read more

July 17, 2019

I turn my feet from evil paths to obey your word. I have not turned away from your decrees; you yourself have taught me. Your promise is sweeter to my taste than honey in the mouth.  I gain understanding from your precepts; I hate the ways of falsehood.  (Psalm 119:101-104) The Church recently celebrated the Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel on July 16.  These words, taken from Daytime Prayer of the Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel,… Read more

July 13, 2019

There is something special about the people of South Louisiana.  The bond of fellowship and love goes beyond family and extends to friends and neighbors alike.  There is a unity, a caring and concern for others, a welcoming love that is present within the population, and when there is a time of crisis or catastrophe, this spirit of kindness and service bursts forth and springs into action. Preparing for the Storm The 2019 hurricane season runs from June 1 to… Read more

July 10, 2019

There is a scene from Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ, following the bitter scourging of Jesus, where Mary, the Mother of Jesus, along with Mary Magdalene, falls on her knees with a cloth to wipe up the blood which has stained the ground where he stood while being flogged.  The love and devotion with which she carefully collects his blood is evident, as she is aware of its divine and sacred nature.  Mary understood and appreciated that this… Read more

July 7, 2019

We are told by the world that if we work hard enough we can achieve perfect circumstances and relationships; that we should strive for paradise on earth.  The direct and incidental messages we receive from the media, advertisements and social media are that utopia is attainable in this life.  Since the Fall of Adam and Eve and the advent of original sin, however, perfect happiness and satisfaction can not be achieved on earth.  Heaven only exists in the hereafter. While… Read more

July 1, 2019

“Love one another as I have loved you.” Why do we have such a difficult time with this one phrase?  Compassion.  Understanding.  Patience with one another.  Empathy – especially empathy.  From experiencing hardships in life I have learned a very important lesson – to be kind, because everyone you meet is carrying a heavy burden.  I have also come to understand that not everyone thinks, believes, and acts like me or the way I expect them to; that we are… Read more

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