Vatican announces indulgences for World Youth Day

Vatican announces indulgences for World Youth Day

By Carol Glatz

Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) – To help encourage prayers for a spiritually fruitful World Youth Day in Madrid, the Vatican announced Aug. 11 that Pope Benedict XVI had authorized a special indulgence for anyone who, “with a contrite spirit,” raises a “prayer to God, the Holy Spirit, so that young people are drawn to charity and given the strength to proclaim the Gospel with their life,” a Vatican decree said.

The decree included the offer of a plenary, or full, indulgence to all the young people who will gather with the pope in Madrid. World Youth Day runs Aug. 16-21 in the Spanish capital; the pope arrives Aug. 18.

An indulgence is a remission of the temporal punishment a person is due for sins that have been forgiven. The conditions necessary for receiving a plenary indulgence include having recently gone to confession, receiving the Eucharist and offering prayers for the intentions of the pope.

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Msgr. Robert Guste tributes

By Christine Bordelon

Msgr. Robert Guste, who was in residence at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Kenner, died Aug. 3, 2010. Many who knew him have sent in tributes. Here are a few of them:

From Deacon Jeff Fariss of Kenner

The first anniversary of the passing of Msgr. Robert Guste is here – Aug. 3.

My wife and I so enjoyed being with him every morning at 9 a.m. Mass. I served as a deacon at those Masses since being assigned after Hurricane Katrina. He was such a holy priest, always filled with joy. He prayed about absolutely everything, would buy someone a meal, fill up their car with gas, sit and listen, even to those who wanted his time over and over. He was so patient.

He was pro-life and always encouraged others to go pray outside the “abortion mill” as he called it. And, in spite of his age and health, he would go himself! One of the best stories of his that I remember was when he saw a man bringing a young woman to the clinic. Father Guste called him over and said if he brought her to the New Life Center to have an ultrasound, he would give him $100. The guy took the deal and a life was saved! He told others, and they gave him $100 and he made more deals.

He was fearless in the work of the Lord, a man of prayer and was willing to give his time to any who needed it. Many times, we would hear het got a 2 a.m. call to visit a hospital, but, of course, we’d never hear it from him. He was humble and virtuous, like Jesus, always looking to do the will of His Father.

Missing him, praying for him as we always asked us to do and counting on him praying for all of us.

 From David Rittinger, an altar server at OLPH

With the anniversary of the passing of Msgr. Robert Guest, there are so many things to mention about him.

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House painter Abdulrahman Zeitoun turns horrific post-Katrina experience into positives with loving acceptance

By Peter Finney Jr.

Not that citizens of the Greater New Orleans area need any encouragement to reflect again on a life-changing event, but the sixth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina will arrive later this month – Aug. 29.

House painter Abdulrahman Zeitoun, who rescued stranded neighbors in his canoe after Hurricane Katrina, says he holds no malice toward authorities who arrested him after the storm.

The hope is it will arrive uneventfully and leave with little more than a whimper.

At the recent Social Action Summer Institute at Loyola University New Orleans, Abdulrahman Zeitoun, a Syrian-born New Orleans house painter, transfixed his audience by relating his incredible odyssey in the days and months after Katrina.

As chronicled in “Zeitoun” by Dave Eggers – which now has been translated into 20 languages – Zeitoun had spent the days after Katrina rowing his canoe through flooded Uptown streets and rescuing stranded neighbors.

In a classic case of “no good deed going unpunished,” military personnel arrested Zeitoun a few days after Katrina while protecting his own home near Claiborne and Napoleon Avenues. Continue reading

Crazed life as a working mom, wife, grandmother, daughter, sister, friend

I saw the promo tag line for the new movie “The Help” – Change begins with a Whisper – and it made me think how often I feel like God is whispering in my ear “You will get through this” as my life unfolds by the minute, hour and day.

We all juggle so much. I think my brain must resemble spaghetti just wiggling on a plate. When will the strands slip onto the floor? We know they do. We all slip up sometimes. Just ask my daughter. Trying to keep up with all she has going in her life and what I have going is daunting. I amaze myself what I accomplish as opposed to what I forget.

When I see all the poverty, homelessness and tough situations people endure daily just outside my office at Howard and Loyola avenues, I know that I am lucky.

With this blog, I hope you can laugh with me, laugh at me, share similar circumstances and commiserate with me and sometimes, even cry with me. But, mostly, I want you to realize that we have to trust that God has a master plan for all of us. We have to try harder not to sweat the small stuff, although I know I do all the time. Keep the faith, remain hopeful and know that tomorrow is another day.

St. Mary of the Angels pastor: Just say ‘hi’

Franciscan Father Dennis Bosse, pastor of St. Mary of the Angels, speaks to parishioners gathered for a July 27 meeting on crime and blight in New Orleans' Upper Ninth Ward.

By Beth Donze

Sometimes, anti-crime measures can be as simple as saying “hi” to a stranger in your neighborhood, said Franciscan Father Dennis Bosse, pastor of St. Mary of the Angels Church in the Upper Ninth Ward.

Father Bosse, who came on as pastor earlier this year, said he used to get quizzical looks from people – and even warnings that he was “in a dangerous neighborhood” – as he went on his regular runs.

But it didn’t take long for things to turn.

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