Tuesday, August 31, 2021
St. Giles, Abbot
Feastday: September 1
Patron: of beggars; blacksmiths; breast cancer; breast feeding; cancer patients; disabled people; Edinburgh (Scotland); epilepsy; fear of night; noctiphobics; forests; hermits; horses; lepers; mental illness; outcasts; poor peoples; rams; spur makers; sterility
Reports from my home town, neighborhood and surrounding areas are difficult to hear. Certainly not all is gloom and doom but it is overwhelmingly bad.
As for me and my family we have decided to stay far away for another week; hoping when we return we will be closer to full power restoration.
We will be moving to another temporary home away from home and will post as often as possible.
Please pray for my families safety and the safety of all those living in unbearable heat amidst various levels of destruction.
Monday, August 30, 2021
Hurricane Ida hit us yesterday and she hit us hard. This hurricane was not Katrina but in some ways, many ways, she was worse. A lot of damage and most of the deaths from Katrina came from a man-made levee failure, although Katrina was a bad storm. Ida was bad too. Almost all of southeast Louisiana, a place home to probably 2.5 million plus, is damaged and with no electricity, spotty cell and internet service and plenty of lives challenged. It's also home to plenty of "helpers" who come to the aid of their neighbor.
For me and my family we left; got out of ground zero Saturday early. And although my home and my daughter's home is relatively fine there is tree damage and no power, which means no water or sewer for me. It appears we can reasonably expect no power, no internet and no water for at least 2 weeks. Therefore we have made plans to stay away until September 8th.
It's hard to leave but after Katrina we vowed to go anytime these storms grow big and lately that's what they do. So pray for me and my family as we sojourn across the south in search of safe weather, full electricity and safety and comfort. And pray for all my family, friends, neighbors, parishioners trying to survive in damaged homes and no way to escape the late summer heat and humidity. I'll update later; this is all I have for now.
Sunday, August 29, 2021
Saturday, August 28, 2021
The obligation to attend Mass this Sunday (and Saturday vigil) is dispensed due to Hurricane Ida.
Check with local parishes as some are cancelling and others are continuing to offer Mass at least in the morning.
The decision to dispense Mass obligation was made by Archbishop Aymond.
I'm evacuated far from the Archdiocese but will be praying all weekend for best possible outcomes. May we be protected from harm, damage and stay safe.
Our Lady of Prompt Succor, pray for us.
Jesus, you calmed the seas, calm the wind and the rain and the storm surge from Hurricane Ida!
Friday, August 27, 2021
St. Augustine of Hippo
St. Augustine of Hippo is the patron of brewers because of his conversion from a former life of loose living, which included parties, entertainment, and worldly ambitions. His complete turnaround and conversion has been an inspiration to many who struggle with a particular vice or habit they long to break.