SPIRITUAL BULLETIN BOARD OF LOUISIANA
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BECOME RADICAL FOR YOUR FAITH!!!
This is a personal website and has been for many years. It is product of lay persons based in the Houma-Thibodaux Diocese of South Louisiana. For a brief history of this website, click here.
The Houma-Thibodaux area of South Louisiana was formed by the "Great River" about 2000 years ago and during that formation period of time Jesus was born in the Holy Land. Louisiana was formed in the waters by the best and most productive lands between the highest mountain ranges in the east and the west and then northerly all the way into Canada.
This personal website is published first to serve and network Catholics all across Louisiana and those Louisianians that have relocated across this country. It is meant to first be a tool of evangelization for them. It does not represent the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux nor does the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux in any manner endorse its contents.
Of course, for your spiritual growth, the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux has its own excellent website. If you want to see some of the outstanding diocesan resources that are available there to evangelize, click here. After you visit its New Evangelization page, please visit some of the other associated pages to see so much more about what the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux has to offer.
For a listing of specific Catholic events sent in by Catholics all across Louisiana, visit our internal page titled the "Front Page"!
THERE IS A 2019 RECENT ADDITION TO THIS WEBSITE
St. Kateri Tekawitha, Pray for Us
(Patron of ecology and the care for all of God's creation.)
To find out more about St. Kateri and to visit the Conference website
located in Alexandria, LA, click here.
Revelation 10:10 reads as follows: "I took the small scroll from the angel’s hand and swallowed it. In my mouth it was like sweet honey, but when I had eaten it, my stomach turned sour." Commentary on that verse reads as follows: The "small scroll was sweet because it predicted the final victory of God’s people; it was sour because it also announced their sufferings." (USCCB).
To simply profess, by only our mouths, the great Glory of God is sweet indeed but then to chew and swallow it and then to subsequently try to live it out can indeed be sour. Suffering is often the result. It is a "Bittersweet" experience we must face when we attempt to live the Gospel message. To be true to who we profess to be, we cannot run from that responsibity. "Quo Vadis"
In connection with that, commencing in February of 2019, the author of this personal website must begin a whole new section of pages within it. You will see this new section grow over time at the very bottom of the legend on the left. This new section starts immediately below "Contact Us" on the legend.
Yes, at the bottom is exactly where it deserves to be! It will be the negative side of the spiritual battle we fight. It cannot be raised to a level of prominence. This section will attempt to evidence a part of the darkness that we must face each day in Louisiana that manifests itself in so many ways.
Sadly oftentimes, the darkness is manifested through persons that have been allowed to sit in seats of earthly authority over smaller people. As scripture shows, that is not a new phenomenon.
If recalled correctly, on the night of Governor Foster's re-election in 1999, in accepting victory, he stated something like as follows: "Romans 12 is my favorite book in the bible. Especially, Romans 12:16. That is my favorite!" To be clear, that scripture passage reads as follows: "Have the same regard for one another; do not be haughty but associate with the lowly; do not be wise in your own estimation." Most often, the lowly are exactly who are hurt the most by persons in authority. (For much more on "the little ones" located on this website, click here.)
This individual spiritual battlefield has played itself out for this author in the secular venues of the courtrooms of this State and the halls of various regulatory agencies with the given authority to fully address environmental issues across Louisiana that effect each and every one of us in numerous ways. An authority that in many cases certain parties have failed to fully and equally exercise so "to secure justice for all, preserve peace, protect the rights, and promote the happiness and general welfare of the people" as mandated by ARTICLE I - DECLARATION OF RIGHTS of the Louisiana State Constitution (1974).
Over the last 33 years this author has seen good people, on occasion, do really bad things in these venues. Unfortunately, in order to live out Revelation 10:10, for many reasons, the author has determined that they must now be publicly exposed. Be assurred, this attempt to reveal certain truths, that will impact the lives of many, will be done while prayerfully reflecting on the Litany of Humility (a private devotion) as found in various editions of the Pieta Prayer Book.
You can begin to read more about these matters on the legend at the page entitled Louisiana - ITS DARKNESS OF JUST-US or you can click directly on the link below:
Louisiana - ITS DARKNESS OF JUST-US
Should you go to those pages and watch as they grow in scope and detail,
you will soon understand why we must pray regularly to:
St. Michael the Archangel
St. Rapahel the Archangel
St. Gabriele the Archangel
PRAYER TO ST. MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL
Holy Michael, the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray; and do you, O Prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who wander through the world seeking t the ruin of souls. Amen.
In 1886, Pope Leo XIII decreed that the above prayer to St. Michael be said at the end of "low" Mass (not "high", or sung Masses) throughout the universal Church, along with the Salve Regina (Hail, Holy Queen); and the practice of the congregation praying these prayers at the end of Mass continued until about 1970. (Many parishes are now again praying the St. Michael Prayer after Masses. Let's support and spread that very solid practice as requested by Pope Leo XIII.)
For more information about this prayer, and Pope Leo XIII and Fatima and now, click on the image of St. Michael.
From Louisiana, through the Divine Mercy of Our Lord, we plead the
Precious Blood of Jesus across this nation!
OUR MISSION IS PICTORIALLY SHOWN BELOW
(Click on image for more information)
Evangelization is about opening ourselves up to the power of the
COME HOLY SPIRIT!
(What to know more about Baptism in the Holy Spirit, click on the image above.)
Techniques of evangelization are good, but even the most advanced ones could not replace the gentle action of the Spirit. The most perfect preparation of the evangelizer has no effect without the Holy Spirit. Without the Holy Spirit the most convincing dialectic has no power over the heart of man. Without Him the most highly developed schemas resting on a sociological or psychological basis are quickly seen to be quite valueless… It must be said that the Holy Spirit is the principal agent of evangelization: it is He who impels each individual to proclaim the Gospel, and it is He who in the depths of consciences causes the word of salvation to be accepted and understood. But it can equally be said that He is the goal of evangelization: He alone stirs up the new creation, the new humanity of which evangelization is to be the result, with that unity in variety which evangelization wishes to achieve within the Christian community. Through the Holy Spirit the Gospel penetrates to the heart of the world, for it is He who causes people to discern the signs of the times- signs willed by God- which evangelization reveals and puts to use within history.
Excerpts from paragraph No. 75: EVANGELII NUNTIANDI - APOSTOLIC EXHORTATION OF HIS HOLINESS POPE PAUL VI TO THE EPISCOPATE, TO THE CLERGY AND TO ALL THE FAITHFUL OF THE ENTIRE WORLD.
A special place created for these times!
On May 8, 1541, Hernando de Soto, the first westerner to see the great river, seeing it full of life, named it "The River of the Holy Spirit".
The French explorer Fr. Jacques Marquette named the greatest river in North America the “River of the Immaculate Conception” (though its name was later changed to the Mississippi). The Spanish and French introduced Catholicism to many Native Americans, but the One True Faith wasn’t welcome in the English colonies. Catholic settlers established themselves in Maryland (the first colony to allow freedom of religion); they were able to name their colony after Our Lady only because they claimed to be honoring the English Queen Henrietta Maria. (Source site)
It is exactly that same great river (formed for a time named "River of the Holy Spirit" and for a time named "River of the Immaculate Conception") that formed the State of Louisiana for thousands of years from the most productive land located between the eastern mountain ranges and the western mountain ranges of America and all the way up into Canada. Today, that unique land is symbolized by the mother pelican sacrificially feeding her young (or the Eucharist). Want to know more about the symbolism of all that, click here.