Once an elderly gentleman was taking his usual evening walk. He was enjoying the cool night air and the gentle breeze. Suddenly he heard a voice crying out, “Help me! Help me!” The man looked around and saw no one so he continued his walk.
The Franciscan Father Richard Rohr writes a Daily Meditation for anyone interested in spiritual growth. The following was his meditation for Monday, June 8, 2020. It’s entitled, “The Unspoken Privilege of Being White.” He invited his readers to “pass it on.”
These past weeks we have seen some protesters who refuse to obey the medical experts’ social distancing guidelines. They also showed their support for President Trump, who appeared to endorse demonstrations against lockdown measures by saying some governors had gone “too far” with their impl…
A Persian Proverb says, “Two things indicate weakness – to be silent when speaking is proper, and to speak when being silent is proper.”
We are all going through unusual and difficult times. What’s important is our attitude. We need to believe in the saying, “This too shall pass.” We need to believe that God loves us and will give us the strength to pull through. We just need to ask.
A reader sent me the following article entitled, “Many of us are between 65 and death.” I have edited the article into a two-part series. You may find wise advice here for any age.
Our spirituality is inseparable from the way we live in the world. If we believe that God is always with us, we put on the mind of Christ and act Christlike. We reach out to anyone in need especially those who need our help the most. We believe that relationships are the core of our faith be…
We live in a messy world today. When we look around at what is happening in our country, we can become very discouraged. We see mass shootings happening repeatedly. Most Americans want something done to prevent these killings from happening. Yet, our politicians do nothing.
Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent is February 26. Some people will automatically say, “It is time to give up candy, alcohol or smoking.”
Hate crimes in America have increased 17 percent from the previous year making this the third consecutive year that hateful racial rhetoric and actions have come to dominate the news. Of the more than 7,100 hate crimes reported last year, race and ethnicity hatred accounted for 60 percent. R…
Maybe the primary root cause for Christian marriages failing today is that couples have chosen the secular ideals of marriage instead of being grounding in biblical teachings on marriage and family life. Only a return to God centered teachings can remedy our current crisis surrounding marri…
On January 20 we celebrated the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, the third Monday of January around the day of his birth, January 15, 1929. He was born Michael King, Jr.When he was five, Michael and his father traveled to Germany in 1934.The theology and activism of the Protestant Reformatio…
A group of professionals posed this question to a number of 4-8 year-olds, “What does love mean?” The answers were broader, deeper, and more profound than one could have imagined.
Every time a mass shooting takes place, we hear politicians say they are going to address the problem, but nothing happens. A poll conducted after the massacre at a Florida high school shows that most Americans think Congress and President Trump are not doing enough to stop these shootings. …
A couple of weeks ago, I saw the play Steel Magnolias at the Thibodaux Playhouse. I had seen the play before and also the movie but this time I was moved to tears over the basic message of the play. Two weeks ago, I published the 10 stages of grief as a help for those who have lost a love on…
A few weeks ago, I mentioned that St. Ignatius of Antioch wrote seven letters to various churches while he was in chains on his way to his death in the Roman Coliseum. The following is part of the letter he wrote to the Trallians in Asia. Tralles is a town near Aydin, Turkey.
The issues of 2016 are not just political. They also have moral dimensions. As we vote on November 8, we, Christians and all people of good will, are compelled to face and address the underlining moral issues that confront us today.
Last week, we looked at Utah’s official government resolution stating, “Pornography is a public health hazard leading to a broad spectrum of individual and public health impacts and societal harms.”
To communicate the word for “Jesus” in sign language, you point the third finger of the right hand to the palm of the left hand and then do just the opposite with the other hand. The nail scars in Jesus' hands identify the risen Christ.
On his recent flight home from Mexico, someone asked Pope Francis whether a Catholic could vote for “a person like” Donald Trump, given the candidate's description of Mexican immigrants as drug dealers and rapists and his plan for a wall along the US-Mexican border.
Sue Klebold, the mother of Dylan, one of the Columbine school shooters, agreed to an interview on ABC's 20/20 news magazine, which aired Friday, February 12.
Last week, I passed on twelve suggestions given by seniors on how to be fully alive in our senior years. Today's article will complete that listing.
We are beginning a new year. With every new year we have a chance to look at ourselves and see where we want to go and who we want to become.
I recently went to see the world premiere production of the play Song of a Man Coming Through by Joe Morris Doss and his son Andrew Doss.
Almost every day the news media reports one group of people doing mean and hateful things to another group. Sometimes this takes the form of terrorists activity involving killing and torching. This form of hatred seems prevalent throughout the world.
Last week, Fr. Vincent Okoye, a missionary from Nigeria, came to my parish (St. Joseph in Chauvin, LA), to explain the situation in his home Diocese of Maiduguri and ask for prayers and financial help to keep the faith alive. His situation was so terrible that many parishioners were crying a…
In his recent encyclical on climate change, Pope Francis says human activity causes “the bulk of global warming” – a position aligned with most climate scientists.
We refer to the Ascension of the Lord every time we recite the Profession of Faith or say the Apostles' Creed; “I believe … in Jesus Christ … who … ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.”
During the Passion Play on Good Friday at St. Joseph Church in Chauvin, a young person was heard crying aloud when the actors portrayed the death of Jesus on the cross. I asked a knowledgeable adult sitting next to me whether the cry came from an actor or a child. She answered, “A child.”
I have been writing my What a Life! column for the past 16 years. Some people have been asking me, “When are you going to put your columns in a book?” Well, that day has finally arrived.
Our American society has come a long way in recognizing the fact that men and woman are equal. However, we still have to deal with the prejudices against women that still exist in our society.