Spirit Weekly




WAS SHE REALLY TALKING to Our Lady? It certainly looks that way in this 2002 photograph snapped by her mother. Miracle of the Talking Virgin and the Baby Who Heard Her
October 04, 2006 at 1:54 pm
This riveting photograph has traveled the world in newspapers and e-mails read by millions of people - and no wonder: Baby Anna DiMaggio, of LaPlace, not only appears to be talking with the statue of Mary in her family's garden, her father, Andrew DiMaggio, says she WAS talking to the Virgin ... and the Virgin was talking back.

Comedian tells how we've forgotten to live & love in age of throwaway morality
September 27, 2006 at 1:51 pm
EDITOR'S NOTE: Making the rounds on the Internet is a seemingly unlikely but thought-provoking message from wrinkled and wizened funnyman George Carlin, a stand-up comedian and social critic who joked about drugs and sex in the 1960s and '70s but, as you can see for yourself, is serving up a different brand of humor and commentary today. The message that follows is popping up in e-mails and on Internet message boards nationwide. And when you read it, we think you'll agree that perhaps in the case of Mr. Carlin, the Lord truly does work in mysterious ways.

Andy Petty of Gretna, shown here with wife Ina, works as a petroleum geologist, so he had a hard time believing what he saw at the adoration chapel of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Kenner. Non-Catholic visitor sees Jesus in local chapel
September 13, 2006 at 1:44 pm
Last Thanksgiving, Andy Petty of Gretna saw something he'll never forget. Nearly a year later he can remember it like it was yesterday.

Mother knows best
August 24, 2006 at 2:46 pm
I want you to imagine for a moment that you are the mother or father of a young child who you love so very much. Some of you may actually be in this role right now, or have been in the past.

An unresolved problem
July 07, 2006 at 10:29 am
When the state appropriations bill emerged from the House, it had a conspicuous passenger - a $150 million line item for hurricane evacuations. Governor Blanco's floor leaders argued that the money was needed to pay state expenses for mandatory evacuations from future hurricanes. That explanation rang hollow to many Capitol observers, since it would equate to seven mandatory evacuations in one year.

It’s time to start on coastal restoration plan
June 28, 2006 at 2:29 pm
The is good news that reputable scientists met in New Orleans this week to come up with ideas on how to best spend the $1.2 billion in the Lousiana coastal restoration program planned by the state and federal governments. This is the amount of money the Bush Administration wants to provide to begin serious restoration efforts in the next 10 years. A more comprehensive plan would come later which would take some 30 years and billions of dollars more to complete.

The means, the motivation and the opportunity
June 28, 2006 at 2:24 pm
The two most obvious areas needing attention in the aftermath of last year's devastating hurricanes were the levee system and housing. While efforts are being made to address those two important issues, another critical aspect of life in Louisiana remains reeling from the effects of the storms. Healthcare-particularly for the indigent and the uninsured-was under great stress before Katrina and Rita slammed into the state. Now, 10 months after the initial disaster, the crisis has worsened exponentially.

PLANTATION GHOST? Australian mystic Victoria Maison prays over a ghost on the rear stairway of Destrehan Plantation. Maison described the ghost as a mistress of the manor home in her 30’s who asked forgiveness for being cruel to the house slaves. Ghost Story - part 1
June 07, 2006 at 3:10 pm
Australian mystic talks to Destrehan Plantation spirits

This is the first of a two-part interview with Australian Victoria Maison. Next week: Ghost story - part II, How to deal with spirits of darkness.

Two weekends ago, during the Destrehan Plantation Spring Festival, Australian mystic Victoria Maison said she saw a ghost on the stairway in the back of the plantation. Maison, from Lismore Australia, says she has been blessed with the gift of being able to speak with souls. These souls or "ghosts" appear to her seeking help.

It’s all about the angle
June 07, 2006 at 3:09 pm
It’s all about the angle.

Nine months later, with the scars of Hurricane Katrina all around us and the vivid images of the madness she left in her wake still fresh in our mind, Hurricane Season is once again upon us. With it comes the very real need to start your evacuation planning.

Local citizens need to be seen and heard more
June 07, 2006 at 3:08 pm
What’s that you say? The people up in Washington D. C. don’t care what you think?

Well think again. Senators and Congressmen are constantly holding area meetings to get input from their constituents. And those meetings are often very poorly attended.

Class action lawsuit loophole
June 07, 2006 at 3:04 pm
Last year, Congress did something it rarely does these days; it passed a major reform in the face of strong opposition. Responding to many well-documented abuses, Congress enacted a compromise bill on class action lawsuit reform. Class action petitions were flooding state courts prior to the reform and, on too many occasions, the plaintiffs got coupons and their attorneys got lots of cash. One of the primary provisions of the federal bill was to channel most of the class action suits into federal court. However, the bill made a clear exception: Class action cases brought by a state's attorney general could still be heard in state courts.

Louisiana takes lead in making abortions illegal
June 07, 2006 at 3:00 pm
The anti-abortion bill just passed by the Louisiana Legislature successfully by-passes the pro-choice argument that a woman should be able to choose what to do with her own body.

D-day in June reminds us of the need to pray
May 31, 2006 at 2:49 pm
We're not sure how bothered folks have to become about June 6, 2006 (6/6/06), which is next Tuesday (and which comes once a century), but it certainly affords another opportunity to pray. Some even believe they have heard from angels to this effect: that it is a day in which the Archangel Michael should be specially invoked.

A day off from work, but remember why it’s here
May 31, 2006 at 2:43 pm
Memorial Day is a time of remembrance and of thanksgiving. It is a time of "remembrance" because we pay our respects to the one million American men and women who laid down their lives in time of war. It is a time of "thanksgiving" because we are thankful that such people once lived, and that their legacy is the unparalleled freedom we enjoy in this country and much of the world.

Think positive about the season that lies ahead
May 31, 2006 at 2:42 pm
As if you didn’t know already, today is the first day of hurricane season. It is the day many have been dreading for months.

It used to not be that way. We looked forward to June 1 as the beginning of vacation time when kids are out of school and families have more freedom to take trips to the beach and to Disneyworld.

Corruption bipartisan
May 31, 2006 at 2:39 pm
When it comes to corruption, Republicans are ready to come to the aid of their Democrat brethren, probably with the philosophy of "There, but for the grace of God, might be my fate three weeks from now".

Two sides of Ethanol
May 31, 2006 at 2:38 pm
Legislation mandating that 2 percent of gasoline and diesel fuels sold in Louisiana must soon contain ethanol and bio-diesel blends will probably be on Governor Blanco's desk shortly. She has committed to signing the legislation in order to promote an alternative market for Louisiana farmers.

Patio homes is good idea
May 31, 2006 at 2:34 pm
St. Charles is mostly a rural parish but much of our rural areas are wetlands where residences cannot be built. To conserve space in subdivisions and allow residents to acquire homes at less price, the parish council is considering establishing zoning classifications to allow smaller lots.

Fire chief involved in fatal crash finally returns home
Fire chief involved in fatal crash finally returns home
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Former Hahnville Volunteer Fire Department Chief Arthur Tregre has returned home after being hospitalized since last August following a head-on collision with St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Deputy Jeff Watson, who died in the accident.