From The Font
"Wherever you enter a house, stay there until you leave [that city]."
The modern notion of a world full of coincidences didn't arise until the late Renaissance. Before then and in the time of Jesus, everything that happened was seen to be a function of providence. For the Christian, that is still what we believe… God has a plan and His plan is detailed and thorough and full of contingencies for those times that our free will (or someone else's free will) causes a course change.
In context, these words of Jesus are extra challenging because the apostles are directed to take no insurance against the difficulties that may arise on the journey. They aren't to take extra clothing, extra cash, or even extra shoes. In a sense, Jesus is ensuring that they will rely entirely upon God's providence. If God doesn't provide it, they won't have it.
At times in our lives, we are also pressed to live in this way. Despite our relative wealth and security in terms of food, shelter and the like, there are moments where we are living without a plan and without security. Sometimes that is forced upon us by a financial crisis or a tragedy... Other times, our own mistakes place us in a hard way.
What we must remember is that we live in a deliberate world, not a world of coincidence. And so, if we find ourselves without the money we need to feel secure, God is here with us. If we find ourselves in poor health, unable to do as we would like, God is here with us. If we find ourselves forced into a challenging, painful or otherwise difficult situation, God is here with us.
Perhaps the most important thing for us to keep in mind in the midst of these trials is revealed in the last two sentences of our Gospel today: "...they went off and preached repentance. The Twelve drove out many demons, and they anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them." Notice that what they went to do seems completely separate from what they accomplished. They went to preach — specifically, they preached repentance of sin. The result of that preaching was freedom from demons and healing of physical and spiritual ailments… The challenge for us is to realize that some things are connected in ways we can't perceive. God may give us the cross of poor health in order to teach us humility or wisdom or to help bring the nurse who cares for us back to her faith. God may give us the cross of financial difficulties in order to teach us to rely upon Him or to give others the opportunity to be charitable. Whatever the cause, the reason, or the purpose, we can trust that every cross we must bear is designed to become for us a great blessing.
Insights From Second Street
For the last five or six years, I’ve found myself more and more convinced of the necessity of literature. The rise of smartphones and the always-connected mentality has only convinced me all the more. When we read a work of fiction - whether it be one of the great classics, one of the new-to-you masterpieces or even an airport novel - we are transported out of our own heads and our own experiences and we see the world through another’s eyes. We gain much needed perspective. If the fiction is quality, we also see the consequences of another’s actions and we are able to be both in their head and in their world as an outside observer.
When we take up the classics - my favorite is Shakespeare - we get to consider the great questions of life. When we find a masterpiece - don’t miss Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh or The Great Divorce by CS Lewis - we meet unforgettable characters with whom to dialogue about our own humanity. Even in the pulp fiction of Michael Crichton, John Grisham or their sort, we find ourselves compelled by stories which draw our interest, our fascination and our investment.
Louisiana novelist Walker Percy believed that fiction was more important for modern man that non-fiction and his works - odd as they are - reflect that. He believed that fiction speaks to the great questions - existential, moral, religious, philosophical, governmental, economic and familial - more eloquently than tedious explanations from even the best author. And when we think about how polarized people are when it comes to something like the Catechism of the Catholic Church, that starts to make sense. Almost no one is going to read a theological tome about the effects of Divine providence upon the family structure… But after reading Brideshead Revisited, with its incredible characters and setting, the lesson is well taught. The same can be said of the virtue of hope found in The Lord of the Rings or of the youthful naiveté of Romeo & Juliet or of the personal virtue of Sense & Sensibility.
Literature allows us to examine the great questions by placing us in the mind of the characters as they live out the decisions and consequences of life. It teaches us by means of witness rather than theology. The truly great works of fiction are catechisms in themselves. If any of us is looking to grow in faith, let me heartily recommend that you seek out a truly excellent fiction to read this summer - there really is no finer way to delve deeply into the great questions! Happy reading!
By: Pope Saint John Paul II • From: Redemptor Hominis
The Church cannot abandon man, for his “destiny”, that is to say his election, calling, birth and death, salvation or perdition, is so closely and unbreakably linked with Christ. We are speaking precisely of each man on this planet, this earth that the Creator gave to the first man, saying to the man and the women: “subdue it and have dominion”(94). Each man in all the unrepeatable reality of what he is and what he does, of his intellect and will, of his conscience and heart. Man who in his reality has, because he is a “person”, a history of his life that is his own and, most important, a history of his soul that is his own. Man who, in keeping with the openness of his spirit within and also with the many diverse needs of his body and his existence in time, writes this personal history of his through numerous bonds, contacts, situations, and social structures linking him with other men, beginning to do so from the first moment of his existence on earth, from the moment of his conception and birth. Man in the full truth of his existence, of his personal being and also of his community and social being-in the sphere of his own family, in the sphere of society and very diverse contexts, in the sphere of his own nation or people (perhaps still only that of his clan or tribe), and in the sphere of the whole of mankind-this man is the primary route that the Church must travel in fulfilling her mission: he is the primary and fundamental way for the Church, the way traced out by Christ himself, the way that leads invariably through the mystery of the Incarnation and the Redemption. It was precisely this man in all the truth of his life, in his conscience, in his continual inclination to sin and at the same time in his continual aspiration to truth, the good, the beautiful, justice and love that the Second Vatican Council had before its eyes when, in outlining his situation in the modern world, it always passed from the external elements of this situation to the truth within humanity: “In man himself many elements wrestle with one another.
PILGRIMAGE MEETING HAPPENING SOON! The Orientation Meeting for the 2016 Pilgrimage to Portugal, Spain, & France will be Thurs., July 16th at 6:30p in the MBIC Parish Hall. Anyone seriously interested in traveling with us next year (Oct. 1-10, 2016) should attend this meeting. This will be the only time representatives from Magnificat Travel will be in town to discuss details and answer questions about the trip. Registration/payment for the trip will begin at this meeting. All are welcome. — Don’t forget to bring a pen & paper, your checkbook, and a friend!
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL The MBIC along with St. Mary's will be hosting its annual Vacation Bible School at St. Mary’s School July 13-17, from 9a-Noon. Children between the ages of 4-11 are invited to attend. There is a suggested donation of $5 per family (but we will not turn away anyone due to finances). Virtus trained teenager and adult volunteers are needed. (All adult volunteers must have completed the Virtus Touching Safety Program prior to the beginning of VBS.) For more information and/or to register as a volunteer or attendee, contact Susan Chesal at the MBIC Rectory at (318) 352-3422 or Jennifer Maggio at firstname.lastname@example.org or pick up registration forms at the back of the Church/at the MBIC Rectory.
MBIC RECTORY STAFF VACATION Fr. Ryan Humphries & Susan Chesal will both be on vacation Mon.-Fri., 7/20-7/24. If you have any important business to take care of at the office, please try to do so by 12pm on Friday, 7/17. The rest of the Rectory Staff will be in Mon.-Thu., 7/20-7/23, from 8am-12pm handling basic day-to-day office needs. Friday, 7/24, the Rectory will be closed. In case of an emergency, please contact Fr. Stephen Soares at (318) 730-8114.
FREE BROWN SCAPULARS! Sat-Sun, 7/18-7/19, Deacon Whitehead will be offering the prayers for the Enrollment of the Brown Scapular for anyone interested after all of the weekend Masses at the MBIC. The MBIC has a supply of the basic brown scapular to give to those who would like to participate. Also, the MBIC Gift Shop has different styles of nicer scapulars for those interested in purchasing one. Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us!
CCD TEACHERS NEEDED! Wednesday, Sept. 2nd, the MBIC Parish Supper, CCD Classes, & Wed. Night Adult Catch. for 2015-2016 will begin. The MBIC is in need of 2 adult volunteers to teach the 7th, 8th, 9th, & 10th grade CCD classes. For more information and/or to register as a volunteer, contact Susan Chesal at the MBIC Rectory at (318) 352-3422.
MBIC OFFICE SUMMER HOURS There will be new MBIC Office Hours for the months of June & July. The new office hours are Monday-Friday: 8am-12pm.
- Mon-Fri, 7/13-7/17, Vacation Bible School at St. Mary’s School, 9a-Noon
- Tue, 7/14, KC1357 Meeting, 6:45p
- Thu, 7/16, MBIC 2016 Pilgrimage Orientation Meeting, 6:30p @ MBIC Parish Hall
- Sat-Sun, 7/18-7/19, Enrollment of the Brown Scapular, after all weekend Masses @ MBIC
- Sat, 7/18, Holy Mass at SMS Chapel @ 5:30p
- Tue, 7/21, CDA Meeting, 6p
- Fri, 7/24, MBIC Parish Office CLOSED
- Sat, 7/25, Holy Mass at SMS Chapel @ 5:30p
- Tue, 7/28, SVdP Meeting, 6:30p @ Parish Hall
- Wed, 7/29, Indulgenced Feast Day: The Establishment of the Diocese of Natchitoches, Indulgenced Masses @ 6:30a & 6p
- Sat, 8/1, First Saturday - Vocations Club @ 8:45a
- Tue, 8/4, SVdP Meeting, 6:30p in Hall
- Wed, 8/5, Indulgenced Feast Day: The Dedication of St. Mary Major, Indulgenced Masses @ 6:30a & 6p
- Fri, 8/7, First Friday - Benediction of the MBS @ 5:15p
- Fri, 8/7, First Friday - Talk by Fr. Ryan @ 5:30p
- Sat, 8/8, Day of Enrichment for Deacons in Honor of St. Lawrence
Within the Sanctuary
Sat 7/11 4p Laura Jo Johnson, (Lector) • Kathleen Hicks, David Bouchie, (EMHC-CI) • D. Bennett, (Altar Boys)
Sun 7/12 9a Karen Apponey, (Lector) • Jeff Green, (EMHC-CI) • C. Cunningham, P. & M. Vienne, (Altar Boys)
Sun 7/12 11a Joe Payne Williams, (Lector) • Jennifer Maggio, (EMHC-CI) • J. Burrell, Sc. Maggio, W. Lee, (Altar Boys)
Sat 7/18 4p Levi Thompson, (Lector) • Mickey Hennigan, Nita Maggio, (EMHC-CI) • , (Altar Boys)
Sun 7/19 9a Rebecca Lavespere, (Lector) • Emelda Odom, (EMHC-CI) • Lirette, (Altar Boys)
Sun 7/19 11a Kathy Bundrick, (Lector) • Patsy Melder, (EMHC-CI) • M. Leone, S. & V. Maggio, (Altar Boys)
*Altar Boys who are not scheduled may serve if space permits. Come to the Sacristy 10 minutes before Mass.
Memorials & Prayer Intentions
- Sat 4p: Donna Doll, Urban & Vivian Beebe, Ross Maggio, and Coach James LaRoue
- Sat 5:30p: Irene Niette
- Sun 9a: Billy Benefield, Sr., Joshua Potts, and Florence Zulick
- Sun 11a: Mary Ann Burke and Sue & Kevin Morgan
- Sun 5p: Pro Populo
- Mon 6:30a: N.L. Vercher
- Tue 6:30a: Wallace Firmin
- Wed 6:30a: Shirley & Richard Ragland
- Thu 6:30a: Burl Young
- Fri 6:30a: Eula Henry
- Sat 8a: Harry Gongre, Jr.
Pope Francis' Prayer Intentions for this Month are that political responsibility may be lived at all levels as a high form of charity. And that, amid social inequalities, Latin American Christians may bear witness to love for the poor and contribute to a more fraternal society.
Please pray for our Recently Deceased: Mrs. Leola Walmsley
Please pray for our Sick & Suffering: Lolette Allen, Teresa Arafat, Flay Rose Balthazar, Maudie Baranowski, William Lynn Basco, Johnny Batten, Cletus Bauer, Lauren Bienvenu, Millard Bienvenu, Chad Bouchie, Mary-Lou Brasher, Marion Brossette, Flo Brouillette, Darlene Bynog, Bailey Byrd, Carolyn Carter, Marie Charleville, Emilia Cofio, Peggy Cooper, Kim Cunningham, Lela Mae Dalme, Joe Davis, John DeFee, Richard DeVargas, RJ Ducote, Jayce Estep, Angela Eversall, Tom Foshee, Reba Friday, Paula Gagymad, Kramer Gahagan, Vicki Gahagan, Patsy Gallion, Sophie Gill, Elizabeth Governale, Ross Gwinn, Tammy Hall, Andy Harrington, Curt Harrington, Joyce Hayne, Deborah G. Hernandez, Frederick Hickman, Sue Van Hook, Kalita Jones, Michael Kearney, EvaGrace Keyser, Gary Kilgore, Jheanny Ladao, Samuel Lane, Raymond Litton, Jaden Eli Lodridge, Patricia Loftin, Joseph Longo, Brittany MacBrown, Lisa Mack, Dominic Majorie, Barbara Manshack, Danny Manuel, Jack McCain Jr., Meg Michael, Lacey Mitchum, Gary Murphy, Shane Niette, Mary Odom, Sue Prudhomme, Judy Risty, Sharon Roach, Wes Rollo, Makaehan Ross, Shirley Roy, Joseph Ryan, Donna Slaughter, Lil Taylor, Clay Thompson, Mariano Timotio, Ren Todtenbier, Brent Trichel, Patricia Vazquez, Julien Vienne, Ruthie J. Wallboughly, Jessica Warner, Charlene White, Glen & Mary Williams, Marilyn Williams, Laura Young, & Melinda Zolzer