From The Font
"Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.”
It seems important to note that Jesus’ command to those who labor and are burdened is not “stay where you are - I’m coming to you,” He commands them to come to Him. He demands that they take the initiative… A number of Catholic writers have pointed out that where the Catholic Faith is preached with all of its demands and commands and duties and hard work is preached unflinchingly, there is no lack of priests or folks in the pews. Where the Catholic Faith has been reduced, though, to an easier version, both priests and people are dwindling quickly. Common Sense would tell us that people in our modern world, which values ease and efficiency, would prefer a faith with fewer demands and which requires less time. Of course, lots of folks do flock to so-called “Family churches” where pastors preach easy messages that rhyme and provide vivid, entertaining music. But folks don’t stay there. The typical parishioner at Fountains of Living Water Family church stays 2-3 years and then moves on to another entertainment-based Family church. That’s not Christianity, that’s assuaging a guilty conscience which knows that Sunday is Christian-religion-day.
In our own lives and certainly where Heaven is concerned, Jesus promises peace, comfort and even joy. The price for these things, though, is our act of response. Jesus promises that our burden will be light and easy… But He also says that picking up that light and easy burden requires our effort. It is a cross after all.
We have to resist the temptation to optimize or reduce our faith. In fact, we have to consciously work in the opposite direction. If we want more folks at Church, it will be because our Faith is harder, not easier. If we want more kids in Church, it will be because our Faith requires heroism, not twitter followers. If we want more converts, it will be because our Mass is more supernatural and less easy to attend. All of this seems so backward and yet it has been proven out through history and in the statistical numbers of today. What God offers is easy and light, but it requires something from us. God’s command is that we come to Him, not that we stay where are.
Thoughts from Fr. Ryan
This Tuesday is the feast day of St. Benedict of Nurcia. Fifteen hundred years ago, in central Italy, he wrote a rule of life for men who wished to pursue spiritual perfection. The “Rule of St. Benedict” has been the foundation and the inspiration for hundreds of religious orders of men and women. In fact, the Rule has provided quotations for great works of literature and art.
The Rule is straightforward and practical. It prescribes the times for prayer, work, meals and rest. It encourages monks to move quickly from one task to another. It reminds the leadership always to listen to the insights of the young. It explains how funerals should be seen as an opportunity to refocus one’s own life. It explains how to deal with conflict in a community. It tells the monk not to drink too much wine or to eat too much food. It reminds the brothers that recreation is a requirement for human sanity.
St. Benedict’s rule isn’t the only Rule of Life written by a great saint. St. Basil the Great wrote one. So did St. Augustine, St. Francis, St. Dominic, St. Teresa of Avila, St. Ignatius of Loyola, St. Josemaria Escriva, St. Phillip Neri and Mother Theresa of Calcutta. Each of these rules is optimized for a different style of life… Mother Theresa’s sisters work with the very poor in large cities. Their rule looks quite different than Carmelite Sisters living cloistered in a convent praying for us. The rule of St. Ignatius is a military document because St. Ignatius was a soldier and established an order of soldiers. “The Way” by St. Josemaria Escriva is written for ordinary people living married lives in the world.
I’ve spent a good deal of time among religious men and women who live by a formal rule of life. I went to school at a Benedictine Monastery in Covington, Louisiana where the Rule of St. Benedict has been updated for a more modern world. I usually make my retreats at a Benedictine Monastery in Oklahoma where the original rule is followed very closely. I have a number of friends who are religious sisters in various orders who follow the rules of St. Teresa of Avila and St. Dominic… While diocesan priests don’t formally follow a rule of life with the specificity of the Rule of St. Benedict, we do follow certain rules and principles which tend to provide structure and order to our decisions and our lives.
It’s certainly worth it to read “The Rule of St. Benedict” (it can be read online or purchased from a book store). It may be even better to read “The Way” by St. Josemaria Escriva. Better than either, though, is to consider whether or not some rule(s) of life - formal or informal - would be helpful in your life. Would setting some principles or even personal rules help you to grow in the knowledge and love of God? Do you already have something like a rule of life that you follow or have you gotten caught in the chaos of the rat race? What implicit or subconscious rules do you live by and how are those rules working out for you? After all, the famous adage of Socrates reminds us that the unexamined life is not worth living (ἀνεξέταστος βίος οὐ βιωτὸς ἀνθρώπῳ).
Calendar of Events
- Confessions every Wed, Fri & Sat from 5p until Mass at 5:30p and on Sun from 9a until 9:30a Mass
- Pastoral Council meeting monthly on the third Tuesday after the 5:30p Mass
- Altar Society meeting every other month on the second Tuesday after the 5:30p Mass
For Your Information:
CONTACT INFORMATION...Seminarian Jacob Cass is spending June and July with us before returning to St Joseph Seminary in Covington in August. To reach him, you may call 318-264-3227.
ALTAR SOCIETY… will meet on TUESDAY, JULY 11, AFTER 5:30 p.m. Mass in the Church Center. All the ladies of the church are asked to make special effort to attend this meeting as a support to the spiritual life of our church as well as support to the physical needs in the Sanctuary of the church! Please be in prayer for the success of this group as there are many spiritual needs for which this group can lend support.
CHANGE MASS SCHEDULE FOR AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER… Please mark your personal calendars now for August and September when Father Ryan will be helping out at Waterproof and St. Joseph while Father Peter is on vacation. Our Masses for those months will be Saturday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 9 a.m.
ON THE WEB St. Edward has a Facebook page (Facebook.com/StEdwardTallulah). Fr. Ryan is sharing our parish bulletin and his Sunday sermons from his own website there weekly. We also have a shared calendar (Bit.ly/stedwardcalendar) and new email address (StEdwardTallulah@gmail.com). Fr. Ryan is also active on the web. He has a blog\webpage at FrHumphries.com and all are encouraged to friend, like or follow him on Facebook (Facebook.com/frhumphries), Twitter (Twitter.com/frhumphries) and Instagram (Instagram.com/frryan).
The Voice of the Basket
- Weekly Budget FY 2016-17 $1,865
- June Budget $7,460
- June Income (Reg $7502; Bldg $541) $8,043
- June Actual Expenses $6,764
- July Budget $9,325
- Collection July 1/2 $1,311
- July Income to Date $1,311
Stewardship “Let all Your works give You thanks, O Lord, and let Your faithful ones bless You,” says the Psalmist. Stewardship is this “attitude of gratitude: for the many gifts God has given us.
Mass Intentions for the Coming Week
- Sat 5:30p In memory of Bruce Dorbeck/Andrews
- Sun 9:30a Pro Populo For the Living & Dead members of our Parish Family
- Mon No Mass
- Tue 5:30p In memory of Wayne Neuroth/BA Thompson & Mills
- Wed 9:00a In memory of Rosa Gremshell Olive Branch
- Thu 5:30p Special Intention of Magoun Family
- Fri 5:30p In memory of Jack Ellerbee/Family
- Sat 5:30p In memory of Colin Williams/BA Thompson
- Sun 9:30a Pro Populo For the Living & Dead members of our Parish Family
Altar Candles this week are provided by Betty Smith
Assistants at Holy Mass
- 7/8 5:30p
- Lector: M Rome
- EMHCs: A Farlow & C VanderVieren
- 7/9 9:30a
- Servers: W Sullivan & A Collins
- Lector: Beth Sullivan
- EMHCs: B Smith & K Collins
- 7/15 5:30p
- Lector: P Gilfoil
- EMHCs: MA Gilfoil & M Gilfoil
- 7/16 9:30a
- Servers: EL Marsh & C Marsh
- Lector: Blake Sullivan
- EMHCs: N & M Ernst
- 7/22 5:30p
- Lector: A Farlow
- EMHCs: A Keene & L Magoun
- 7/23 9:30a
- Servers: C Donham & M Wood
- Lector: A Oliver
- EMHCs: B Smith & Kendra Collins
Let us Rejoice in the Lord!
Happy Birthday Chip Sullivan (July 11), Aidan Collins (July 12), Sue Rome (July 16)
In Our Daily Prayers…
Our Holy Father Pope Francis and Pope-Emeritus Benedict XVI; our Bishop David and Bishop-Emeritus Ronald. Our President, our Governor, our Mayor and our national, state and local elected representatives.
Our parishioners who are sick, shut-in, or otherwise in need of our prayers: Pat Bullard, Connie Copes, Elizabeth Crothers, Susan Gilfoil, Billy Hodge, Juanita Storey, Bill Kennedy, Becky and Michael Lancaster, Dale Magoun, Kathleen Mills, Sue Rome, Sue Scurria and Delia Trichell.
Our parishioners who are under full-time care: Frances Kennedy, Andrew Lombardo. Also, Jim Farrell and James Speyerer of Vicksburg, Consuelo Marsh of Lake Providence, and Jean Cantrell, Geneva Russell.
Our friends and relatives who need our prayers: Lee Adams (Smith), Ashley Weimer Alexander (Regan), Jenna Faye Allen (Florence), Margaret Baker (Magoun), Marie Farlow Bellard, Ruthie Boudreaux (Storey), Hattie Brown (Lancaster), Jerry Bullard, Colton Bullock (Farlow), Richard Chappuis (Johnson), Allison Crotwell (A Ginn), Jackie Daniels (Lancaster), Kyle and Marti Dukes Dill, Carol Dipert (Rome), Reba Duncan, Renee Edwards and parents (VanderVieren), George Eisworth family (Dyer), Pat Fairchild, Joe Farlow, Matt Farlow, Betina Finlayson, Madge and Don Finney (Dyer), Tracy Jones Fortenberry (Donham), Thom Gilfoil, Kathy Garley Hanlon (Gilfoil), Cooper Harris (R Wood), Alan Henley (Copes), Rudy Hernandez (Hodge), Monroe Hill (K Dukes), Bo Holloway, Lou Horath (Hernandez), Kenlie Jackson (Dyer), Diane Johnson (Johnson), Jim Johnson(Dyer), Ben Legendre (Gilfoil), Ben Lenhart (G Marsh), LaLa Lopez (Hernandez), Will and Michelle (MS) McGuire (Gilfoil), Paul Meeks, Keith Melancon (Regan), Tucker Melancon (Johnson), Julia Moberly, Marie Phillips Michelle (Hodge), Lindsay Mills, Debbie Mullin (Dyer), Wanda Murphy (Terry), Addison Petracca (S Marsh), Debbie Pettis (Rome), Wayne Pitre (Gilfoil), Dana Rogers (Dyer), Bailey Rome, Lee Rome, Tiffney Rome, Dianne W. Roper (Murphy), Linda Sanchez (Wilks), Andy Sevier, Chon Shiers and Deborah Shiers Stewart (Hall), Beverly Sibile (Gilfoil), Lazette Thomason (Dyer), David Thompson (Wilks), Elaine Trimble (Rome), Rusty White (Bullard), Jeremy Wilkins and family(Afghanistan), Conner and Hudson Wood (nephews of Bart)
Our collegeates: Ethan Beene, Courtney Ernst, Norman Ernst, Anna Ginn, Matt Hall, Nick Hall, Chris Hall, Kathleen Oliver, Maddie Oliver, Blake Sullivan, Lori Sullivan, Brice Wood
Those Catholics residing at Christian Acres, Louisiana Transitional Center for Women, and our local Detention Centers and for their families and loved ones. PLEASE LET US KNOW OF ANYONE WHO IS ILL OR HOSPITALIZED OR WOULD LIKE TO RECEIVE A VISIT. PLEASE HELP US TO UPDATE OUR PRAYER LIST BY ADVISING US OF ANYONE WHO SHOULD BE REMOVED FROM THE PRAYER LIST.
PLEASE LET US KNOW OF ANYONE WHO IS ILL OR HOSPITALIZED OR WOULD LIKE TO RECEIVE A VISIT. PLEASE HELP US TO UP-DATE OUR PRAYER LIST BY ADVISING US OF ANYONE WHO SHOULD BE REMOVED FROM THE PRAYER LIST.