A LAND ANNOINTED OVER THE AGES FOR THESE TIMES
A land area, in large part consisting of many people from so many different places (please read more about the land below). Local indengenous peoples and others who were later brought here over many years under horrible conditions against their will. Suffering people! Sacrificing people!
From years past, whether it be the original Indengenous Americans, slaves from Africa, the Acadians (see below), displaced French prisoners...they were all distressed and simple people. Little Ones with no personal resources to do a great work! Perfect examples of the type of people that compose the Anawim. Having landed in Louisiana, yes, one could call them the Louisianawim.
The Acadians, is one excellent example of little ones that are historically connected to this special land called Louisiana. This group of people are unique in that the Acadians brought their Catholic Faith with them and practiced their faith in the midst of their devastating sacrifice over so many years. Their particular sacrifice, suffering and misery began in the mid-1700's.
The Acadian flag was established at the Second Acadian Convention in 1884 at Miscouche, Prince Edward Island. Father Richard brought it with him. It is a French flag ... tricolor blue, white, and red ... with a gold star at the top left. The star represents the Virgin Mary, patron saint of the Acadians. It is used to represent Acadians worldwide. (Click on the flag for more detail.)
"CAJUN" ACADIANA FLAG
Then, to particularly express their history and faith, as commissioned by France-Amérique de la Louisiane Acadienne, Dr. Thomas Arceneaux, of USL, designed a similar flag in 1965 to in honor of the 200th anniversary of the arrival of Acadians in Louisiana. It divides the 3 colors a bit differently (see image to the right). On the flag are 3 symbols. The gold castle on the red field represents the Spanish kingdom, who allowed and even assisted the Acadians in settling their new homeland. The silver fleur-de-lis on the blue field represents their French heritage. The gold star on the white background respresents the Virgin Mary, patron saint of the Acadians. So this flag is identified with Acadians who migrated to Louisiana. Louisiana made this flag the official flag of the Acadiana area in 1974. (Click on the flag for more detail.)
OUR LADY, STAR OF THE SEA, HELP AND PROTECT US (AS LOCATED IN MORGAN CITY, LA)
To see two examples of this Acadian/Cajun culture expressed in real time, please click on the following two images.
CAJUN EUCHARISTIC BOAT PROCESSION
CAJUN CONFESSIONS ON THE GEAUX
To see the CBS interview about this Spiritual Care Unit in the Diocese of Lafayette, click here.
A southernmost body of land most recently created in water over thousands of years from the living waters of a great river first called by western explorers "The River of the Holy Spirit" and then later renamed "The River of the Immaculate Conception". We have seen The Holy Spirit and Our Lady in relationship before and the fruit of that was Jesus!
This land (symbolized by the image of the mother pelican feeding her young that is also a symbol of The Eucharist was formed by a river named for the same to persons. Therefore, Louisiana has been set-aside in time to uniquely demonstrate an extraordinary display of the Grace of God! The land is called to be an extraordinary form of The Church who is Jesus' mystical body on the earth today!
The land has been uniquely formed and called to walk in the
DIVINE WILL OF GOD.
(For more about the State Symbol, click here)
WHAT IS OUR FIRST WORK?
TO BE EUCHARISTIC!
AND TO BECOME MORE EUCHARISTIC!
To lead us into this ever-increasing time of trial and tribulation, to help us to better live the bitter realities of the sweet-tasting Word of God, Pope Francis (the Vicar of Christ) in September of 2015 to spoke before a joint session of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.
His words in-part were:
"Yours is a work which makes me reflect in two ways on the figure of Moses. On the one hand, the patriarch and lawgiver of the people of Israel symbolizes the need of peoples to keep alive their sense of unity by means of just legislation. On the other, the figure of Moses leads us directly to God and thus to the transcendent dignity of the human being. Moses provides us with a good synthesis of your work: you are asked to protect, by means of the law, the image and likeness fashioned by God on every human face." (For the full text of the speech, click on: Pope Francis speaks to Congress.
Pope Francis spoke directly and uniquely to the Louisiananawim. Even being so "little", we can have the "confidence" to be totally "unified" and fully "just" only when we are fully "Eucharistic" in nature. The Louisiana state symbol speaks directly to this fact when it clearly declares as our civil creed UNION, JUSTICE, CONFIDENCE.
MORE ABOUT THE LAND, ITSELF!
IT ALL FITS!
THE CHURCH IN LOUISIANA
Over thousands of years Louisiana has been built from the best, most fertile, most productive land between the eastern U.S. mountain ranges and the western U.S. mountain ranges northerly into Canada. The secular world calls us "America's Wetland". The spiritual symbols are too clear to ignore, if one really looks with spiritual eyes, one sees "Louisiana is America's Land of Water and Fire!"
By the actions of The River of the Holy Spirit (Spanish-named) and later the River of the Immaculate Conception (French-named), God relocated this fruitful top soil and deposited it in a small area in what is the now-named Gulf of Mexico where, over the generations, the "Louisianawim" have settled, and practiced their faith, and now faithfully pray the Six Glorious Mystery for the Glorious Return of Jesus.
From the Holy Cross Jesus gathers all men to Himself. The Church is His mystical body on the earth today. The Church is called to be a light to the world. The most southern portion of this land - The Louisiana Delta - that has been built over these thousands of years - can easily be thought to be a symbol of His Church today. Mankind and the land has throughout history always be connected. The more favorable the land treats mankind the more connected mankind believes itself to be connected to God. Louisiana - a land built out of the water of a mighty flowing river. (Rev. 22).
As earlier stated, Louisiana has been called by many in the secular world as "America's Wetland". It can be considered in a spiritual way as "America's Land of Water and Fire. Created by water and purified by the fire of the Holy Spirit. A land gathered by God over thousands of years for His purposes in time. A land annointed and blessed for these times. (Rev. 22).
THE GREAT RIVER BASIN
THE RECENT LOUISIANA DELTA
(Generally marked by the crosses)
Prophetically, in a Bicentennial (1976) talk given in the United States the future St. John Paul II, then Cardinal Karol Wojtyla of Krakow, Poland stated:
“We are now standing in the face of the greatest historical confrontation humanity has gone through. I do not think that wide circles of American society or wide circles of the Christian community realize this fully. We are now facing the final confrontation between the Church and the anti-Church, of the Gospel versus the anti-Gospel. “We must be prepared to undergo great trials in the not-too-distant future; trials that will require us to be ready to give up even our lives, and a total gift of self to Christ and for Christ. Through your prayers and mine, it is possible to alleviate this tribulation, but it is no longer possible to avert it. . . .How many times has the renewal of the Church been brought about in blood! It will not be different this time.”
Then on Thursday, September 24, 2015, Our Holy Father Francis in-part stated the following:
"Today I would like not only to address you, but through you the entire people of the United States. Here, together with their representatives, I would like to take this opportunity to dialogue with the many thousands of men and women who strive each day to do an honest day’s work, to bring home their daily bread, to save money and –one step at a time – to build a better life for their families. These are men and women who are not concerned simply with paying their taxes, but in their own quiet way sustain the life of society. They generate solidarity by their actions, and they create organizations which offer a helping hand to those most in need.
I would also like to enter into dialogue with the many elderly persons who are a storehouse of wisdom forged by experience, and who seek in many ways, especially through volunteer work, to share their stories and their insights. I know that many of them are retired, but still active; they keep working to build up this land. I also want to dialogue with all those young people who are working to realize their great and noble aspirations, who are not led astray by facile proposals, and who face difficult situations, often as a result of immaturity on the part of many adults. I wish to dialogue with all of you, and I would like to do so through the historical memory of your people."
(For the full text of the speech, click on the link below:)
Pope Francis Speaks to Congress
Much as Moses pled his case to Pharoh in Egypt, Pope Francis personally pled his case to the United States leaders on a prophetic day in September of 2015. As we may recall, when Pharoh failed to grant the request to free the people of Israel, but instead became obstinate to the plea of Moses, Divine Discipline fell upon Egypt by the means of many trials. So may well be the case in the United States. Was Pope Francis not only reflecting on Moses in memory while actually standing in his stead in real time? If we are a hard-hearted people, if we close our hearts to God, if we turn to the idols of modern time, why should we not also expect to experience Divine Discipline? Are we in-fact on the threshhold of that time?
If we are serious about these questions and their answers, as the Louisianawim (a small part of the Remant Church) then we must also ask ourselves what is our individual role in these times? We must not ignore that we have unique and individual roles to personally carry out. The consequences to each one of us to ignore that, are eternal in nature!
LOUISIANA IS CALLED FORWARD IN THESE TIMES TO SPREAD ITS UNIQUE EUCHARISTIC SPIRITUALITY ACROSS THIS COUNTRY...AND FURTHER!
To address the spiritual challenges being faced throughout South Louisiana (and the Houma-Thibodaux Diocese in particular) young and spirit-filled new priests and religious men and women are coming forth to take on those challenges - with vigor. For more information on these men and women listen to the following video presented by Fr. Andre Melancon from the Diocese of Houma Thibodaux . Listen to Fr. Andre explain the MISSION. Become part of the mission.
FR. CHARLES MENARD, PRAY FOR US!
Father Charles Menard (1817-1896) was best known for his work in building the Parish community and establishing outlaying parishes. Father Menard served in Thibodaux, and in the neighboring Lafourche and Terrebonne parish communities, including Morgan City, Gibson, Chacahoula, Bayou Boeuf, Bayou Black, Schriever, Houma, Little Caillou, Raceland, Lockport, Larose, Chackbay, St. John, St. Charles and Labadieville.
Through at least the intercessory prayer of the Apostle of the Bayous, we can begin again to rekindle the Catholic faith of so many brethren that have drifted in other directions. His prayers can lead us to re-evangelize the Bayous of Louisiana (and from here elsewhere) to bring all to the Fullness of Truth.
GRAVESITE OF FR. MENARD AND MANY OTHER PRIEST
LOCATED IN THIBODAUX, LA