Spirit Weekly




15th century city saved from plague by the Holy Name
May 03, 2006 at 12:05 pm
Editor’s note: the following story is an excerpt from the book “The wonders of the Holy Name” by Fr. Paul O’Sullivan, O.P.

A devastating plague broke out in Lisbon in 1432. All who could do so fled in terror from the city and thus carried the plague to every corner of the entire country of Portugal.

Louisiana’s spicy politics
May 03, 2006 at 12:04 pm
Death, taxes, Edwin Edwards and dirty elections. What do the four have in common? The first two, we all agree, are inevitable. But, in Louisiana, so are the second two.

Levee route through parish still undetermined
May 03, 2006 at 12:02 pm
The good news is that the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers is planning a hurricane protection levee along the west bank of the Mississippi River from Plaquemines Parish through St. Charles to Donaldsonville.

What the New Orleans vote means for the future
May 03, 2006 at 12:01 pm
In a few weeks, displaced, challenged and beleaguered New Orleanians will determine who will be their next mayor. Either the incumbent, Ray Nagin, or the challenger, Lt. Governor Mitch Landrieu, will have four years to try to bring some degree of normalcy back to the Crescent City.

At last we know how to evacuate
May 03, 2006 at 11:58 am
It may have been one year -- and one hurricane too late -- but Mayor Ray Nagin has come up with a firm plan for evacuation when a Category Two storm approaches. It may save lives and a lot of utter frustration when the inevitable happens again.

Closing MR-GO would be cost-effective
April 26, 2006 at 12:08 pm
We keep reading that it is not cost-effective to completely close the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet - - MR-GO as it is better known - - which has been blamed for much of the erosion of Southeast Louisiana’s wetlands.

St. Marks celebrates Divine Mercy Sunday with levee procession St. Marks celebrates Divine Mercy Sunday with levee procession
April 26, 2006 at 11:47 am
A Divine Mercy Celebration was held on Sunday at St. Mark’s Church in Ama by Father Joseph Dau Van Nguyen. Jesus told St. Faustina that this Feast of Mercy would be a very special day when “all the divine floodgates through which graces flow are opened.”

 21-week old Samuel is pictured reaching out from his mother’s womb. Hand of hope
April 26, 2006 at 11:39 am
The picture is that of a 21-week-old unborn baby named Samuel who is being operated on by surgeon named Joseph Bruner. The baby was diagnosed with spina bifida and would not survive if removed from his mother's womb. Little Samuel's mother, Julie, is an obstetrics nurse in Atlanta. She knew of Dr. Bruner's remarkable surgical procedure. Practicing at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, he performs these special operations while the baby is still in the womb.

Just a few more weeks
April 26, 2006 at 11:38 am
Sometimes you just need to get away to see what is really going on. Case in point, last Saturday’s well-anticipated mayor’s election in New Orleans.

New park draws thanks
April 26, 2006 at 11:33 am
Nearly 8 years ago my science students at Hurst Middle adopted the site where the spillway's East Guide Levee meets Lake Pontchartrain as part of the LaBranche Wetland Watchers Service-Learning Project. It was a popular dumping spot where we found many washing machines, dryers, and refrigerators. The students took pride in the spot, planted many trees and worked with community leader Milton Cambre to plan out a nature trail in the area. Not only will this site have the first public nature trails in this region, it will also include an outdoor classroom, raised wooden decked trails, a fishing pier, sheltered picnic tables, a playground for children, and eventually real restrooms!

Wrong-headed immigration policy
April 26, 2006 at 11:32 am
In more than 60 years of reading the Herald and Herald-Guide, I have never seen a more wrong-headed editorial than the one written by Allen Lottinger in the edition of April 20, 2006.

Last chance to do it right?
April 26, 2006 at 11:30 am
If a system were the only one of its kind in the United States, was very antiquated, and yielded poor results, one would think those in charge of the operation would be desperately trying to reform it. Not so with Louisiana's Charity Hospital system. The genesis of the Charity system was during Huey Long's tenure as governor. In subsequent years, it grew to become the main delivery system for indigent health care across Louisiana. At its inception 70 years ago, it was a progressive approach. But in today's world of federally controlled Medicaid, it's a dinosaur being kept alive by politicians for political purposes.

 Pope John Paul II considered the message of Divine Mercy his special task.  “Providence has assigned it to me in the present situation of man, the Church and the world,” he said. He is pictured above instituting the new feast. Did death of pope signal final coming of christ?
April 19, 2006 at 11:58 am
For those who were close to Pope John Paul II, no explanation is necessary for this statement. For the rest of humanity, it is necessary to study the special legacy left by this virtuous man, who many are already calling Saint John Paul the Great!

We all should vote in Mayor’s election
April 19, 2006 at 11:54 am
I have lived in St. Charles Parish all my life, but I have always considered myself a New Orleanian. We may not have a vote in New Orleans elections, but the mayor of New Orleans is, in many ways, our mayor as well. As goes New Orleans, so goes the region. The cities successes and weaknesses, and image have tremendous impact on us in a national and global economy.

A stronger economy and safer environment
April 19, 2006 at 11:53 am
A recent Wall Street Journal article told the story of a Montana geologist-turned-independent oil man who discovered what is now the highest-producing onshore field found in the lower 48 states in the past 56 years. The story line was that, for several years now, major oil companies have taken the approach that there are no more large fields left to find under American soil. The majors left, and wildcatters like Richard Findley took over.

Immigrants are necessary
April 19, 2006 at 11:51 am
Strange that we should be talking about keeping immigrants from Latin America out of the country at a time when they are helping to reconstruct our state after the nation’s biggest disaster in history.

A spiritual and visual retreat A spiritual and visual retreat
April 12, 2006 at 11:25 am
Our retreat master told us to go out and view the beauty that God has provided us. The birds, the mighty oaks, the flowers and, yes, even the insects which help us in their own way.

 Andrew Peyton portrayed Jesus and Melissa Bolden played the part of Mary. At the end, all the students knelt at the tomb of Jesus. "Gospel of Judas" no gospel
April 12, 2006 at 11:22 am
ROME, APRIL 6, (excerpt from Zenit) - The National Geographic Society has announced its intentions to publish an English translation of an ancient text called "The Gospel of Judas" later this month.

Marine has pulled 400-pound cart in 5-year trek across country
Marine has pulled 400-pound cart in 5-year trek across country
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Allie Stevens was a strange sight to see as he lugged a 400-pound rickshaw along Highway 90 through St. Charles Parish last week.