SPIRITUAL BULLETIN BOARD OF LOUISIANA
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This is a personal website. It is product of lay persons based in the Houma-Thibodaux Diocese of South Louisiana. This area of Louisiana was formed by the "Great River" and during that same time Jesus was born in the Holy Land. It was formed in the water by the best lands northerly all the way into Canada. This website is published to serve and network Catholics all across Louisiana and this country. It does not represent the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux nor does the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux endorse its contents. .
Of course, the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux has its own site. If you want to see some of the outstanding diocesan resources that are available to evangelize, start here. After you visit the 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 view specific Catholic events sent in by Catholics all across Louisiana, visit our "Front Page"!
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.