by West Giffin, Associate Director of Red Stick Catholics
To pretend like a temptation doesn’t exist is like surrendering before the fight even begins. I humbly ask you to bring this to the Lord as we enter the desert this week and allow Him to transform that temptation into an opportunity for grace and virtue . We have a God that doesn’t desire part of you but all of you, including the parts we don’t like. He doesn’t want to just change a part of you, He wants to transform all of you so He can elevate all of you to the fullness He so desperately desires for you. In order to do that, we have to shed what is old and corrupt in order to be made new in Him.
A collaborative effort involving the Diocese of Baton Rouge and Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University will allow those wishing to enter formation with the goal of becoming spiritual directors to stay in Baton Rouge for training.
Franciscan University in Baton Rouge, The Archdiocese of New Orleans Spirituality Center and the Diocese of Baton Rouge are happy to announce a joint partnership creating a Program of Formation for Spiritual Direction.
The penitential character of what we observe as church during the Lenten season has surely been magnified during the past year! Beginning in March 2020, Lent was quickly interrupted by a total lockdown.
Beginning Ash Wednesday, changes to the translation of the "doxology" or the ending of some prayers at the beginning and end of Mass and other Sacraments to better reflect original intent of the Latin text.
by Michaelyn McGinnis, Dir. of Christian Formation and Sacramental Record Keeping at St. Jude Church
The leper, who fell at the feet of the Lord, came kneeling with expectant hope and unshakable faith that The Divine Physician could restore him if it was His will. When we let go of our firm grasp of control for our lives and our will, we encounter the merciful gaze of the Father of Abundance. He desires so fervently to douse us in His never-ending graces and mercies, dear friends.
Although many staff members of the Catholic Life Center are working remotely due to COVID-19, please know that the Catholic Life Center remains open and continues to serve and support the mission of the Diocese of Baton Rouge.