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Navigating the Faith: The Seven Penitential Psalms

by Shelly Bole, Director of Catechesis

The Seven Penitential Psalms are a little known private devotion of our Catholic faith that were prayed by

St. Augustine and his mother, St. Monica, as they neared their deaths. The Penitential Psalms, recited during Lent (traditionally on Friday), remind us of asking God for His mercy when we have sinned, with a true sense of contrition. The Seven Psalms are 6, 32, 38, 51, 102,130 and 143.

These are psalms of lament, living words to help us pray honestly, giving expression to our deepest feelings. Psalm 6 reads, “Do not reprove me in Your anger, Lord, do not punish me in Your wrath. Have pity on me, Lord for my bones are shuddering.” There is a poignancy throughout the psalms which correlate sin to physical and emotional anguish.

As you read and pray with the Psalms, it is important to know the author’s beliefs at the time. For the Jewish psalmist, these are open and honest expressions of pain in the context of faith. As Christians, the Penitential Psalms remind us that our response to sin must be trust in God’s love, confession and repentance.

I invite you to pray with these Penitential Psalms during Lent. There are seven, making it easy to pray one each week. Below you will find a short explanation of each of the psalms along with a reflection question.

Psalm reflections will be available in the Catholic Connections app. The full booklet and reflections can be found at
www.dioshpt.org/ministries/catechesis/

Psalm 6: Prayer in Distress

The psalmist does not claim innocence, but appeals to God’s mercy. Sin here, as often in the Bible, is both the sinful act and its harmful consequences; it is physical sickness and attacks of enemies. The psalmist prays that the effects of personal and social sin be taken away.

Reflection: Which of your sins cause you to “shudder”?  Consider its long-reaching consequences (family, community, etc). Ask God to be merciful as you face this sin. 

Psalm 32: Remission of Sin

The opening declaration – the forgiven are blessed – arises from the psalmist’s own experience. At one time the psalmist was stubborn and closed, a victim of sin’s power, and then became open to the forgiving God. Sin here is not only the personal act of rebellion against God, but also the consequences of that act – frustration and waning of vitality. Having been rescued, the psalmist can teach others the joys of justice and the folly of sin.

Reflection: Is there a sin which “withers your strength?” Talk to God about this and beg His forgiveness.

Psalm 38: Prayer of an Afflicted Sinner

In this lament, the psalmist acknowledges the sin that has brought physical and mental sickness and social ostracism. There is no one to turn to for help; only God can undo the past and restore the psalmist.

Reflection: Which sin makes you physical feel “stooped and deeply bowed?” Ask the Lord to help you stand upright. 

Psalm 51: The Miserere: Prayer of Repentance

This lament prays for the removal of the personal and social disorders that sin has brought. The poem has two parts. The first part asks for deliverance from sin, not just a past act but its emotional, physical and social consequences. The second part seeks something more profound than wiping the slate clean: nearness to God, living by the spirit of God.

Reflection: When do you offer a “sacrifice” to God but your heart is not contrite? Speak about this in Confession.

Psalm 102: Prayer in Time of Distress

The psalmist, experiencing psychological and bodily disintegration, cries out to God. In the temple precincts where God has promised to be present, the psalmist recalls God’s venerable promises to save the poor.

Reflection: Remember a time when your heart felt “withered, dried up and wasted.” Talk to God about this. Listen for His mercy.

Psalm 130: Prayer for Pardon and Mercy

This lament is used in liturgical prayers for the faithful departed. In deep sorrow the psalmist cried to God, asking for mercy. The psalmist’s trust becomes a model for the people.

Reflection: Is there something in your life that you need to “cry out” to the Lord? What emotions come forth as you think about this? Hang out with Jesus and listen to what he says to you. 

Psalm 143: A Prayer for Distress

This lament is a prayer to be freed from death-dealing enemies.  The psalmist addressed God, aware that there is no equality between God and human beings; salvation is a gift. Victimized by evil people, the psalmist remembers God’s past actions on behalf of the innocent. The psalm continues with fervent prayer and a strong desire for guidance and protection.

Reflection: What “guidance and protection” do you need from God right now? Where is God’s mercy most needed in your life?   


Faithful Food: Carrying Our Graced Moments Forward

by Kim Long

John Shea, writer, teacher and theological reflector, has a wonderful opening line: “first something happens.”

Something is always happening. In 1974 a family moved in next door to us. The street we lived on had been a quiet one until then. But then a family of seven moved into our 2.5 children, woodgrain station wagoned world. They were wonderful, completely unorthodox, and extremely loving toward one another.

A woman with her six children and all their big love turned our quiet neighborhood on its ear.

A thick hedge separated our two houses and I loved to hide in the big camellia bush and watch their comings and goings. Over time we all became friends and their home became the hub. Problems seemed small there, music sounded sweeter and the food tasted better there. Over the years I have wondered why this was – the family had little money and ate simple food. The ingredient must have been the love they had for one another, the love of a mother of many who stretched to make ends meet. This unassuming grasp of her own reality is what I loved the most. She did not seem to operate under the kind of panic that creates anxiety, simply she knew who she was and what she had to work with and labored under no illusions. And somehow everything worked out.

I recall the family’s faith, not only in God, but in one another, and that, perhaps, as much as the aforementioned love, was the glue which helped hold things together. It is a lesson I have tried to carry forward in my own life.

A few weeks ago I went to see this matriarch. She has dealt with some health issues, with some reversal in her “situation” but still, she was in many ways the brave, fearless and faithfully loving mother I met in 1974 who welcomed me each time with the words, “Hello baby, come on in.” It was a blessing to see her face and laugh as we recalled old stories. Leaving her was not easy and I hope to see her again soon.

As we approach Lent, this family is on my mind. Perhaps it is the proximity of seeing this matriarch who taught me so much about the kind of mother I wanted to be, perhaps it is the relief of seeing and laughing together after many years as though only a moment had passed, perhaps it is the realization that I am close to the age she was when she enveloped me in her arms, her heart and her family.

Lent is about many things, one of which is facing ourselves when we have come up short, but also being thankful for when we have done well and praying to carry those graced moments forward; a time to truly reflect in the safety of God’s embrace and to have no anxiety as we strain to make adjustments, much like the arms of the woman who became a second mother to me.

I confess I have not always known who I was or where I belonged. I grew up in a tumultuous atmosphere and it showed. Now at 57, I finally have a sense of who I am and where I belong. The road I traveled to learn this was not without price. I have thought of Juanita often and wondered at times what she would have done, but deep in my heart I already knew: she would have had faith in life and she would have loved deeply. I am reminded of two passages, one from tradition and one from scripture.

St. Catherine once said, “Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.” And from Paul, “Now these three remain, faith, hope and love…and the greatest of these is love.”

May your Lent find you safe in the arms of our loving God and unafraid to reflect on the sum of our lives.

Pancakes ala Juanita


Ingredients:

• 3 eggs

• 1 cup milk (or buttermilk)

• 2 cups self-rising flour

• ⅓ cup safflower oil (any oil except olive, really)

Directions:

1) Crack the eggs and whisk until combined.

2) Add ⅓ cup oil and continue whisking.

3) Once combined add 1 cup milk (or buttermilk).

4) Measure flour into a separate bowl and make a well in the middle. Pour liquid into well and incorporate. If you need to add more milk, do so until the consistency is where you want it.

5) Drop by spoonfuls onto griddle or black iron skillet sprayed with cooking spray. Wait until edges are drying and bubbles are formed and turn ONLY ONCE!

6) Enjoy with butter and syrup or homemade fig preserves (one of Juanita’s favorites).

 

St. Paschal Youth Held Advent Service Project

The fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth grades at St. Paschal Parish’s Sunday School in West Monroe donated toiletries and socks to make stockings for the Desiard Street Shelter as its annual Advent service project this past December.

ACTS-ME: Catholic Students at Louisiana Tech Minister to the Eldery

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by Jessica Rinaudo

When leaving for college, it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of independent living, classes and new friends, but often students find the distance from their families lonely and sometimes difficult to bear.

Cassie Rebeor, a student at Louisiana Tech was having a particularly difficult time with homesickness. That combined with the stress of college had her contemplating dropping out. But Cassie made a connection with a few elderly parishioners at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Ruston, and that began to change everything.

“By making this connection with this elderly parishioner and noticing how much of a need there was and how important having that connection was to both her and myself – it helped me stay in college and I picked up a minor in gerontology and it really redirected my life,” said Cassie.

This call to minister to the elderly quickly spilled over into the Association of Catholic Tech Students. The organization has an active and vibrant student-led leadership team. Together they decided to expand their work with new ideas, committees and ministries.

“I didn’t really know what I wanted to do because I didn’t want to take anything else on, but I did want to start visiting more of our elderly parishioners,” said Cassie. “So I talked with Brother Michael Ward, our campus minister, and I told him this is what I wanted to do. He said, ‘Cassie, why don’t we start a ministry to the elderly?’”

And so, ACTS-ME (Association of Catholic Tech Students – Ministry to the Elderly) was born with the help of around 12 other students. Like Cassie, other students soon found joy in visiting the elderly.

“It was the summer of my freshmen year, and I was bored and lonely,” said Tristan Kramer, a fellow Louisiana Tech student. “Cassie, one of the few students who stayed for the summer, invited me to visit Ms. Anne with her. I was hesitant at first, but it was a great experience. I had missed my grandmother who lived seven hours away. By visiting Ms. Anne, the hole in my heart got a little smaller. It made my day to see her smile.”

To launch the ministry, Cassie got in touch with Eucharistic Ministers at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish who knew of homebound and nursing home bound seniors who would like visitors. From those names, ACTS-ME created a binder with information on each participant, including their story and interests.

“For example if there was an individual who loved football, loved talking sports, like hardcore, then we would talk as a group and have a student who understood football and also liked football assigned to that individual,” said Cassie. “So we try to match interests so that way it’s easier to connect and make a really good friendship.”

Once participants and students are paired up, students go in pairs to visit once a week or once every other week. Together the students and elderly person play cards, watch the news or football and share stories.

One of the special ministries ACTS-ME students participate in is bringing Christmas joy into the homes and rooms of the homebound.  Sometimes it comes in the form of decorating that person’s home for Christmas.

“Decorating Ms. Anne’s house for Christmas was a standout moment,” said Tristan. “There were over 15 young college students singing Christmas carols, baking cookies, decorating a tree, and watching a game all in Ms. Anne’s little house. It was awesome. The pure joy on her face was beautiful, and I have no doubt she enjoyed every second of it just as much as we did.”

But not all living spaces lend themselves to big Christmas trees, so ACTS-ME has come up with some other ways to share Christmas cheer.

“We’re thinking about putting wreaths on doors,” said Cassie. “We also have a group from St. Thomas that goes and sings. Our choir will go and carol. So we’re going to partner up with them to bring some Christmas joy. … Christmas is when people really miss being home. And for someone who’s in a facility, or someone who’s homebound and their family can’t get to see them, having people come and sing with them and give them some cookies can really bring in the Christmas spirit.”

But not every visit is easy or joyful. Tristan recounts a visit that was particularly difficult.

“Cassie and I went to go pay a special visit to one parishioner. She was going through a tough mental battle because of her transition into the assisted living facility. … That hard visit touched me. It made me realize on a deeper level the hardships each elderly person goes through. In our society, it is easy to ignore the elderly, to forget that they go through struggles, pains and joys just like anyone else. They may not be as active or quick as they once were, but that does not change their value and worth. That visit made me realize the loneliness, fear, hopelessness, anxiety and despair that the elderly are at risk for. Our ministry is to reach out and love the elderly in anyway we can through service and friendship.”

There are some participants who get overjoyed when their student visitors come.  “They say, ‘Oh it’s the St. Thomas girls! Oh it’s the ACTS girls!’ They’re so excited. And they love talking to them. They love telling them their life story and hearing our life stories,” said Cassie.

“ My favorite part of the ministry is building relationships with the parishioners, especially my parishioner I am assigned to. I like to sit down and hear about her life, family and interests,” said Tristan. “I love hearing about her family members the most.… When she talks about family, she seems to glow with pride. It is very sweet. I like to hear her love stories too – of how she met her late husband  or how she lost her only son. When describing sad events, my heart breaks for her, but many times she talks about it so naturally with peace and wisdom. It’s a true joy and privilege to meet her and other parishioners, and be a part of their lives. It is humbling.”

“I see this ministry as an extension of my Catholic faith, because God calls us to perform corporal and spiritual works of mercy,” Tristan added. “I think that by visiting these beautiful people that I am doing those works He’s called us to do. In the most simple, basic terms, God calls each one of us to love unconditionally. I think this ministry reinforces that, because we’re just college students who want to love the elderly and let them know that they are not forgotten, they are loved, and they are valuable. God created them; they are valuable even if their minds or bodies aren’t in the best shape.”

Cassie and Tristan both encourage anyone who might be interested in participating in this ministry to join them on a visit. The time commitment is small and flexible and the benefit to both students and participants can’t be overstated.

“I think the big thing with anything when you’re working with any person – elderly or young, is just to step out of your comfort zone and open up. And that’s what ACTS-ME is really good about. We saw there was a need with our elderly parishioners and we took it,” Cassie said. “It’s all about you just showing them that they’re loved and St. Thomas still thinks about them and cares about them a lot.”

To go on a visit or become involved with ACTS-ME, contact Cassie Rebeor at cassierebeor@gmail.com.  •

Mike’s Meditations: Experience God in the Ordinariness of Life

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God chose to be in union with you and me. It was His decision.

“Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God something to be grasped. Rather, he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, coming in human likeness; and found human in appearance, he humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross” (Phil. 2:6-8 NAB).

We see words here describing Jesus as “emptied himself,” “humbled” and “slave.” Again, he willingly and deliberately chose to do this. Humility was a slave virtue in Jesus’ time. While we know this Jesus was divine, he also was a slave, which expresses his refusal of any self-elevation or importance. The slave in Jesus’ time was one who absolutely had no rights.

God not only wanted to be in union with human beings, He wanted to do it in the most basic of ways. He was God, the highest form of all beings and chose to be a human in the lowest form – that of a slave – someone with no importance – someone with no rights. While Jesus did not have a human master, he always made the Father his master.  And, like a slave, he came into the world in less than an ordinary way. Rather than picture his birthplace as the homely stable we see in movies and pictures, try to imagine the reality of his entry into our human world.

The stable or cave seemed to have straw and a manger. It was a place where livestock lived. It would have been filled with animal waste. There would have been  the constant terrible smell that goes with such a scene. Flies and other bugs buzzing around. Mary, Joseph and any one else would have had to watch where they stepped. Within a short distance, they probably could see people’s homes that were clean and warm. Yet, they were outside with the animals and weather. And their first visitors were the lowly shepherds – some of whom may have been slaves themselves.

Surely, God is making some important point to us in all of this. He not only longed to be united with us so much that he came to live as a human with us, but he wanted to do it in the most humble of ways. I think one lesson we can take from this is that God wanted us to experience Him in the ordinariness of our lives. Not only in the ornate churches, the ritual of the sacraments and in His real presence in the liturgy; but also in our everyday comings and goings – He wants to be in union with us in everything we do.

This is how we can experience Incarnation: to experience God in all we do – even in the most ordinary events of daily life. By His Incarnation in Jesus, God united Himself with every woman and man. Because that union continues today (we are temples of the Holy Spirit 1 Cor 3:16), Incarnation continues today.

Jesus, who is fully God, came to live with us and to show us how to live as human beings. Today, you and I are called, as God’s temples, to bring God to the world around us. Or, put another way, we are called to be Incarnation to those around us. When we bring the Jesus in us to someone else, we are bringing God in flesh to someone else. If we are to truly be the missionary disciples we are called to be, we experience and minister to this Jesus within ourselves and in others – all within our ordinary lives. As we do this, Incarnation happens in the ordinary world just like it did when Jesus was born.

As we feed the hungry, clothe the naked, visit the imprisoned, heal the sick, shelter the homeless and welcome the refugee, pray for those who are hurting, forgive 70 times seven times, smile at the lonely or encourage the depressed – in all of this we are being Incarnation.

This Advent and Christmas might be a good time to daily ask ourselves: How am I being called to Incarnate Jesus today in my ordinary life?

Mike Van Vranken is a spiritual director, author, speaker and teacher. You can contact him at mikevanvranken@comcast.net

In Review: Feeding Your Family’s Soul DVD

Feeding Your Family’s Soul DVD
by Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle

reviewed by Jessica Rinaudo

In our April 2017 issue, I reviewed Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle’s Feeding Your Family’s Soul, a book with weekly teachings, wisdom from the saints, prayers and recipes to be shared over the dinner table with family. Cooper O’Boyle now has a DVD under the same title. It features seven sections, each dedicated to a specific aspect of faith or living a Christian life that can be taught to children.

Much of what she shares in the Feeding Your Family’s Soul DVD can also be found in the book, but the DVD condenses that information and provides explanations and action steps more in line for younger children. The audience for the DVD is clearly adult parents and grandparents. In each of the seven sections, Cooper O’Boyle shares wisdom from the saints, scripture and passages from the Catechism of the Catholic Church to back up her points. She also shares some of her own real life stories to explain how, for example, practicing forgiveness when it seems impossible to forgive, is following the will of God.

In the DVD’s introduction, Cooper O’Boyle summarizes all the reasons parents and grandparents feel daunted in instructing children in the faith.

“So many parents and grandparents today feel stretched beyond measure,” she says, “and it’s no secret that we live in a fast-paced, technology driven world which continually beckons to us to do this and to do that.”

She asserts that the dinner table is the perfect time to teach, listen and pray.

In each of the seven sections that follow, Cooper O’Boyle educates parents on the section topic, including why the Church teaches it and how it’s critical to our lives as Catholic Christians. She then provides Teaching Tips and questions you can bring with you to ask your children at the dinner table. She suggests providing real life examples from your own life to share with children, as well as allowing them to make suggestions on ways to carry out the teachings in their everyday lives.

The seven sections / teachings of the DVD are: Learning to Love Our Neighbor from Mother Teresa; The Tradition of Prayer; Learning and Teaching Forgiveness; Why Catholics Honor the Blessed Mother; Learning and Teaching the Virtues; Learning Perseverance from St. Monica and Learning Steadfast Faith from St. Teresa of Avila.

Cooper O’Boyle emphasizes throughout the DVD that it’s important to establish a foundation of prayer for ourselves as adults before teaching our children, after all, they learn by example. She also suggests integrating scheduled prayer times with our children to help them form their own prayer lives.

Cooper O’Boyle delivers these lessons in a soothing voice, that makes her feel like your kind and loving aunt. I did find though that she was sometimes so soothing that I became easily distracted while watching. I suggest breaking up viewing the video – perhaps watching a section a week.

The DVD comes with a discussion guide with questions for children and tangible ways they can carry out these lessons from each section.

I recommend the DVD Feeding Your Family’s Soul for parents or grandparents of young children who struggle with teaching and integrating their Catholic faith at home. Cooper O’Boyle’s suggestions are good and easy to follow and will help bring a real awareness of faith to all members of your family.

Feeding Your Family’s Soul DVD is available to purchase from Paraclette Press and Amazon.com. It is available to borrow from the Slattery Library inside the Catholic Center in Shreveport.

Catholic Youth Camp at Sacred Heart

On July 22-23, seven youth from Shreveport responded to the invitation to attend a Youth Camp held at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Shreveport. The camp was led by Couples for Christ (CFC) Youth from Dallas-Fort Worth. Some members of CFC were present in the camp to provide spiritual support, attend to nutritional needs and serve as adult chaperones. Fr. John Paul Crispin presided over the sacrament of reconciliation and the concluding eucharistic celebration. CFC Youth is a family ministry of Couples for Christ.

Mondragón and Trombetta Ordinations Bring Joy & Hope to Diocese

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by Jessica Rinaudo, Editor

June was an exciting and encouraging month for the Diocese of Shreveport with two ordinations – one to the priesthood and another to the transitional diaconate.

On June 10, the Cathedral of St. John Berchmans was filled to standing room only as people from across the diocese and travellers from Mexico filled the pews to watch as Fidel Mondragon was ordained to the priesthood. That Mass was said primarily in Spanish, Fr. Fidel’s native tongue. Priests, deacons and laity alike looked on with tears in their eyes as Bishop Duca laid hands on Fidel, and as his brother priests welcomed him with hugs. Following his ordination, Fr. Fidel gave his first blessing to Bishop Duca, and then to his mother.

At the end of Mass, Fr. Fidel stood up and said a few words, first in English, then in Spanish.

“I am very grateful to God for this great gift of the priesthood. Thank you to my mother, present here, my father, who from heaven looks down on me,” said Fr. Fidel. He continued, “The Virgin Mary has always occupied a very important place in my vocation. Today I continue asking her for her blessings and I know she blesses me all the time. Pray for me, sisters and brothers, so that my weaknesses do not obscure the face of Christ in my priestly ministry and pray for me so that I will learn from Jesus to offer my life each day for the beloved people of God.”

As he exited Mass and walked outside the Cathedral doors, his brother priests awaited him and greeted him with loud applause and enthusiastic cheers.

Fr. Fidel Mondragon has been assigned as Parochial Vicar to St. Joseph Parish in Shreveport, where he will serve with Fr. Matthew Long in the parish and get to work with a Catholic school. He is also serving at the Spanish Mass at St. Mary of the Pines Parish in Shreveport on Sundays.

Two weeks later, on June 24, Duane Trombetta took one of his final steps towards becoming a priest when he was ordained to the Transitional Diaconate at Holy Trinity Parish in downtown Shreveport. Holy Trinity is Duane’s home parish and he was embraced with love and offered encouragement by the permanent deacons after Bishop Duca ordained him to the diaconate.

Following his ordination to the diaconate, Deacon Duane Trombetta has been assigned to the Cathedral of St. John Berchmans until October 30, then he will return to seminary to finish out his final classes before being ordained a priest in the summer of 2018.

Even in the wake of several priests retiring, 2017 has given the Diocese of Shreveport two more men dedicated to serving God and His people. Please continue to pray for our seven men in seminary, and consider writing notes of congratulations and thanks to both Fr. Fidel Mondragon and Deacon Duane Trombetta.

Fr. Fidel Mondragon
St. Joseph Parish
204 Patton Ave.
Shreveport, LA 71105

Deacon Duane Trombetta
Cathedral of St. John Berchmans
939 Jordan St.
Shreveport, LA 71101

Domestic Church: Finding Stability in Change

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by Katie Sciba

I sat across the table from a dear friend. Most of our chats were cheerful and fun, but this one was laden with stress. “We’ve packed up so many times,” she told me. “I don’t know how I can make the kids leave another place they love.” After crossing paths briefly at our small college in Kansas, my friend and I were reunited in Shreveport when the Air Force brought her husband to Barksdale. She was just days away from another move, and certain that many more lay ahead in her husband’s career. “The kids start over all the time. New schools. New friends. It’s fun, but it’s so hard to watch their hearts break over and over.”

It was the fall of last year when my family uprooted as well. A sudden move back to my hometown of Omaha brought change for not only our marriage and kids, but also for my mom and stepdad who graciously shared their home with a young family of seven plus a dog. Our new living arrangement was unconventional, but my husband and I were blown away by how happy and well-adjusted our kids were. Our whole environment was unfamiliar to them, but we held on to what we knew could stay the same. Andrew and I prayed with them and went to Mass with them. We spent time as a family and kept these things up as we moved yet again into our own house. Their world stayed the same in spite of shifting sands.

We learned in a real way that what anchors us is faith, and practicing it with our family held us fast in a whirlwind of transitions.

Changes in life are inevitable. Regardless if the Lord beckons us to new places every few years or if we’re born and die in the same town, there’s little we can count on to remain safely predictable. And though there’s a thrill to newness and adventure, it can take a toll on our hearts when we have to let go of what is familiar.

But our Catholic faith remains. In change, hurt or transition we can cling tightly to Jesus knowing he’s not going anywhere. He’s there speaking in Sacred Scripture, extending grace in the sacraments and the prayers of every Mass in the world. He comes into us as the summit of faith itself, the Holy Eucharist. And what soothes the soul is understanding concretely that we are made not for this ever-altered world, but for heaven; and so it’s the things of heaven we should invest in. As the primary educators of our children by our words and examples, we have to bring them along, not shielding them from external changes, but showing them what is sure and staid in life. Take your kids along to Confession. If they’re moving on to college, help them find the Catholic church on campus or in town. Read books from modern Catholics. Soak in the wisdom of the saints.

St. Augustine wrote, “You have made us for yourself, O Lord. And our hearts are restless until they rest in you.” Throwing our souls into the certainty of faith will be the strongest consolation we’ll ever need.  •

Catholic Charities Presents Bingo on the Bayou

by Lucy Medvec

Catholic Charities’ popular fundraiser, “Bingo on the Bayou,” is returning this year on Saturday, August 19th.  After selling out last year’s event, “Bingo on the Bayou” will move to East Ridge Country Club in order to accommodate more people.  In addition to seven games of bingo, the fundraiser will include dinner and a silent auction.

Local priests from around the diocese will once again serve as bingo callers for the event with prizes being gift certificates to upscale local restaurants.
All proceeds from “Bingo on the Bayou” will benefit the programs of Catholic Charities of North Louisiana including financial education, emergency assistance, healthy eating classes, parenting programs and assistance for low-income mothers, and immigration services.

Individual tickets are $50 each with table sponsor levels of $750, $1000, and $1500.  Dress is casual and the event is open to guests 21 years and older.
If you are interested in serving on the event committee, please contact Lucy Medvec at lmedvec@ccnla.org.  For sponsorship information or to order tickets, please contact the Catholic Charities office at 318-865-0200 ext. 101.