Friday, July 21

Memorial of Lawrence of Brindisi, priest, Doctor of the church

All we need is love

A theological and biblical scholar, fluent in several languages, renowned preacher, diplomat, minister general of the Capuchin order, diplomat, Saint Lawrence (1559-1619) pretty much did it all. Yet he never forgot the purpose of his work. “God is love,” he wrote, “and all his operations proceed from love.” Saints like Lawrence show us the strength of faith and inspire us to stretch ours. They also demonstrate how all our activity needs the guidance of love.

Today’s readings: Exodus 11:10—12:14; Matthew 12:1-8 (393).
“I say to you, something greater than the temple is here.”

Millennials: Do you have something to say to the bishops? All young people encouraged to take survey before Synod on Family in 2018

Pope Francis has dedicated the 15th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops to be focused on the theme of “Youth, Faith, and Vocational Discernment.” It will be held in October 2018.

In preparation for the synod, a survey has been constructed by the Office of the General Secretariat of the Synod, Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, asking the young people of the world to provide some insight into “what is it like to be a young person in the Catholic Church Today.”

Bishop's message: The graces that come from farming and harvesting

I’ve been told that the traditional summer months of vacation that our school age children and teens enjoy each year is a result of our history…as a nation of farmers and ranchers.

Of course, the nation as a whole would be characterized as more urban and suburban than rural in 2017; but in the four deaneries of our diocese, farming and ranching is still a way of life for many.

And I thank God for this.

Why so? Why would this Georgia transplant from the city of Atlanta thank God for rural life in central Louisiana?

USCCB Convocation of Catholic Leaders

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops convened in an unprecedented coming together of key leaders from dioceses and Catholic organizations from across the United States on July 1-4 in Orlando, FL.

The gathering assembled Catholic leaders together in order to assess the challenges and opportunities of our time, particularly in the context of the Church in the United States.