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He’s Got Your Back!
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, June 19, 2017
 


He’s Got Your Back!

In these days of terrorist attacks, violence in our streets, and growing intolerance of each other, we tend to feel insecure. Security then becomes our focus even during ordinary activities. Airports and many public venues screen those who enter the facilities in order to give them a sense of safety and security. All this security tells us that someone is looking out for us. Someone is protecting us when we are most vulnerable. Someone has got our back.
As Christians, we know who has our back. We know that our Heavenly Father will not abandon or forsaken us. We are His, the sheep of His flock. He’s got our back.
 
 
 

STUDY QUESTIONS FO R THE IGNATIUS CATHOLIC STUDY BIBLE
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Tuesday, June 13, 2017
 
This contains study questions for the Ignatius Catholic Study Bible, the only Catholic Study Bible based on the Revised Standard Version – 2nd Catholic Edition. For more information on the study Bible, or to download study questions for other books of the Bible, please visit www.CatholicBiblePage.com
 
ICSB BIBLE STUDY QUESTIONS -James-Peter-Jude (1).pdf
 
 

WE ARE WHAT WE EAT.
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Sunday, June 11, 2017
 


WE ARE WHAT WE EAT.

According to a recent study in the Journal of American Medicine, obesity is common and costly. This means that as Americans we eat a lot of what is not good for us. More than one-third of U.S. adults (34.9%) are obese. The estimated annual medical cost of obesity in the U.S. was $147 billion in 2008 U.S. dollars, and the medical costs for people who are obese were $1,429 higher than for those of normal weight. Non-Hispanic blacks have the highest age-adjusted rates of obesity (47.8%), followed by Hispanics (42.5%), non-Hispanic whites (32.6%), and non-Hispanic Asians (10.8%). The medical costs attributed to obesity are growing. Businesses are suffering due to obesity-related job absenteeism ($4.3 billion annually). We are what we eat and it is killing us.

If our spiritual life imitates our physical life, it is time to change and go on a diet of spiritual food. We need more of the Eucharist – the Body and Blood of Christ and the Word of God. He is food indeed.
 
BIBLE STUDY THE SOLEMNITY OF THE BODY AND BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST YEAR A 2017.pdf
 
 

IT’S ALL ABOUT LOVE
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, June 5, 2017
 


IT’S ALL ABOUT LOVE.

St. Augustine, the celebrated North African theologian, expressed the theology of the Holy Trinity in these few sentences: “…the Trinity is one true God and it is exactly true to say, believe and think that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are of one single and the same substance or essence” (De Trin. I, 2, 4). Many often wonder what binds this “single and same substance or essence?” I suggest it is Love.
 
BIBLE STUDY SOLEMNITY OF THE MOST HOLY TRINITY YEAR A 2017.pdf
 
 

POUR OUT YOUR HOLY SPIRIT!
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, May 29, 2017
 

POUR OUT YOUR HOLY SPIRIT!


The liturgical year of the church is rich in spiritual gifts. This Easter Cycle closes with the feast of Pentecost. During Advent, we prepare for the coming of the Son of God to live with us. It is the love of God that we celebrate. During Lent, we focus on the sufferings of our Lord as a way to understand our own sufferings in the light of the triumph of Resurrection Sunday. Pentecost crowns the work of God in us as He gives us His Spirit to live His Gospel through the rest of the year. This is but a small example of how the Holy Spirit is poured out on us through the sacraments and the liturgy of His Holy Church.
 
BIBLE STUDY THE SOLEMNITY OF PENTECOST SUNDAY POUR OUT YOUR SPIRIT 2017 A.pdf
 
 

DON’T JUST STAND THERE, DO SOMETHING!
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Saturday, May 27, 2017
 


DON’T JUST STAND THERE, DO SOMETHING!

St. Pope John Paul II, in Redemptoris Missio, his 1990 encyclical announcing a New Evangelization said, “No believer in Christ, no institution of the Church, can avoid this supreme duty: to proclaim Christ to all peoples.” To be sure, evangelization is not something to do occasionally or even most of the time. It is something that we must do all of the time. It is the identity of the church. It is the purpose of the Church. Faith is only worth having when we give it away. That is why we Christians who believe and have been baptized into the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, cannot wait for others to spread the Gospel. We must spread the gospel ourselves.
 
BIBLE STUDY ASCENSION OF YOUR LORD YEAR A 2017.pdf
 
 

SHAME THE WORLD – SHOW SOME LOVE
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, May 15, 2017
 

SHAME THE WORLD – SHOW SOME LOVE.

In a world that celebrates violence, it is difficult to be a person of peace. The Nobel Peace Prize and other awards are designed to encourage individuals to sacrifice for peace. Some of us live in cities known for violence. The United Sates has been fighting two wars for more than ten years in response to the violence inflicted on this country. The obsession with violence continues, as the claimed right to bear arms replaces the right to health care, public welfare, and safety. The Gospel of Jesus Christ calls us to love, forgive and care for each other. This cannot be accomplished at the point of, or in the possession of a weapon of violence. Isn’t it time that we who profess to love Jesus Christ shame the world and show some love?
 
BIBLE STUDY 6TH SUNDAY OF EASTER YEAR A 2017.pdf
 
 

ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS!
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, May 8, 2017
 


ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS!

Morpheus in the movie “The Matrix” is famous for these words, “There's a difference between knowing the path and walking the path.” The truth of this saying lies in the fact that it is often easier to know what to do than to do it. As we continue on our Christian journey, we often find it easier to know the Commandments of God and the teachings of the Gospel of Jesus Christ than to follow them. We often find that our words do not match our conduct. But what if we stopped professing our faith in words and simply acted our faith in Jesus. Then we would not only know the path to heaven, we would also walk it.
 
BIBLE STUDY 5TH SUNDAY OF EASTER YEAR A 2017 - ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS..pdf
 
 

WHO’S CALLING ME?
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, May 1, 2017
 


WHO’S CALLING ME?



Though we may not realize it, we are all called for a special mission by God, Himself. He has called us since our baptism to be holy, to live His Gospel of Truth and to live eternally with Him in heaven. Additionally, we are given special missions during our lives when we are doing ordinary things and when we least expect it. David, the youngest of many brothers, was tending sheep when summoned by Samuel. Abraham was minding his own business in Ur. Jeremiah was a shy and unwilling youth. In other words, God calls us when we are running errands, doing the ordinary, thankless tasks of life. But how do we know that it is God who calls us? It is through the power of the Holy Spirit that we recognize that God calls each of us according to His purpose.
 
BIBLE STUDY 4TH SUNDAY OF EASTER YEAR A 2017 WHO'S CALLING ME.pdf
 
 

JUST A LITTLE TALK WITH JESUS…
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, April 24, 2017
 

JUST A LITTLE TALK WITH JESUS…


We commonly refer to prayer as a talk with Jesus. But can a talk with a friend be a talk with Jesus? “There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal ... But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub and exploit - immortal horrors or everlasting splendors ... Next, to the Blessed Sacrament itself, your neighbor is the holiest object presented to your senses.” These are the words of C. S. Lewis from his work entitled, “The Weight of Glory and Other Addresses.” His perspective gives a talk with Jesus a different dimension. When we consider our neighbors as immortal and holy objects, every act on their behalf becomes a prayer, that is, a talk with Jesus.
 
BIBLE STUDY 3RD SUNDAY AFTER EASTER YEAR A 2017.pdf
 
 

Divine Mercy – From Fear to Faith and Favor!
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, April 17, 2017
 



Divine Mercy – From Fear to Faith and Favor!

It has been said that faith, without doubt, is dead. But doubt without faith is spiritual death. As Christians, we believe in God the Father Almighty, the maker of heaven and earth. But if we don’t have any doubts about God, our faith is dead and we are dishonest with ourselves. Doubts are the ants in the pants of faith. Doubts keep us moving on a path to spiritual growth. A companion of doubt is fear. We fear what we don’t know or understand. Fear may spark a quest to seek wisdom and understanding. Since all knowledge comes from God, our fear and doubt can lead us directly to God’s blessed presence. It is by God’s mercy that we move from fear to faith and favor.






 
BIBLE STUDY 2ND SUNDAY OF EASTER 2017.pdf
 
 

A NEW LIFE - A NEW BEGINNING!
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, April 10, 2017
 


A New Life, a New Beginning!


The word “renaissance” is defined by Merriam-Webster Dictionary as a period of new growth or activity. Since the beginning of Lent, we have focused on new spiritual growth through prayer, fasting and alms giving. The images of Holy Week project a newness or renaissance of our spiritual life and renewed faith in our risen Savior. The triumphant entry of our Lord into Jerusalem, His institution of the Eucharist, His suffering and death on the cross, all point to His resurrection and a new life free from sin. If we maximized our Lenten experience, we should have gained a new life in Christ and a new beginning.
 
BIBLE STUDY RESURRECTION OF OUR LORDD - EASTER SUNDAY 2017 YEAR A.pdf
 
 

LORD, INCREASE MY FAITH! GIVE ME A FAITH THAT IS VICTORIOUS!
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Tuesday, April 4, 2017
 



LORD, INCREASE MY FAITH! GIVE ME A FAITH THAT IS VICTORIOUS!

LORD, INCREASE MY FAITH! GIVE ME A FAITH THAT IS VICTORIOUS! A popular television network sports show used to begin its telecast with the promise to take its viewers from, “the thrill of victory to the agony of defeat.” This Palm Sunday, the readings take us from the thrill of victory – Jesus’ celebrated arrival in Jerusalem, to His agony and death on the cross – that some would call defeat, to His glorious Resurrection. During this Holy Week, we celebrate the divine steps to our salvation. Therefore, we go from victory, to defeat, to glorious victory. Victorious faith is total obedience and dependence on God. Lord, give me victorious faith!
 
BIBBLE STUDY PALM SUNDAY PASSION SUDNAY 2017 YEAR A.pdf
 
 

LORD, GIVE ME A FAITH THAT IS ALIVE.
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, March 27, 2017
 




LORD, GIVE ME A FAITH THAT IS ALIVE.

Is it common to see dead people in church? In Revelation 3:1, Jesus tells the Church in Sardis that they are a dying church. It had a reputation of being alive, but it was dead. The church was warned to strengthen what was left. One may conclude that the church dies when the faith of its members die. When the body of Christ is weakened or dead, it is because of the destruction of its members, the faithful. During this Fifth Week of Lent, we ask the Lord to revitalize our faith. Make us passionate about serving Jesus, the son of God. Let us have a faith that is a living relationship with the Holy Trinity. Open our eyes to the gift of the Sacraments. Give us a lifestyle that leads others to Jesus. Give us a faith that is alive. and give us a new sense of holiness that was given to us in the Sacrament of Baptism.
 
BIBLE STUDY 5TH SUNDAY IN LENT YEAR A 2017.pdf
 
 

A FAITH THAT ENLIGHTENS – LET ME SEE WHAT YOU SEE?
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, March 20, 2017
 


A FAITH THAT ENLIGHTENS – LET ME SEE WHAT YOU SEE?

We are blind to our blindness. Consider the two police officers in Hayward, California, who beat a blind man with their batons after mistaking his collapsible cane for an illegal martial arts weapon. The officers did not identify themselves, and the man fought back, thinking he was being mugged.
What do we really know? We are made in the image and likeness of God, who sees all, knows all and is all. Yet, we are limited by our own vision and don’t know how little we know. We walk by faith and not by sight. That is why we must see with the eyes of a follower of Christ and constantly pray to see what God sees.
 
BIBLE STUDY 4TH SUNDAY IN LENT YEAR A 2017.pdf
 
 

A FAITH THAT SHOWS -LET ME TELL IT!
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, March 13, 2017
 
A FAITH THAT SHOWS -LET ME TELL IT!

As Christians, our lives should reflect our faith in Jesus Christ. This is how we build up the kingdom of God on earth. Our good works, performed in the Spirit of God, have great power to draw people to faith in Jesus the Christ. This is our command from our Baptism, to go and live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and bring others to Him. As part of our duty to evangelize, we must resolve that even if others will not proclaim the Gospel, then we should bravely step up and say; “let me tell it.” Evangelization provides us with an opportunity to move from docile and weak faith to boldly proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ by the way we live.
 
BIBLE STUDY 3RD SUNDAY IN LENT YEAR A 2017.pdf
 
 

FAITH THAT TRANSFORMS - DOES YOUR FAITH NEED A MAKEOVER?
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, March 6, 2017
 


FAITH THAT TRANSFORMS - DOES YOUR FAITH NEED A MAKEOVER?

Begin with a new haircut, new clothes, and lose a little weight; then add a different hairstyle or makeup. Top it off with new outfits and presto, you have the ingredients for a complete makeover! Now, this is a cosmetic change. There is another complete makeover that absolutely changes our lives. It is the spiritual surgery that Jesus Christ performs when He transforms us from the death of sin to life in Him. It is a makeover from faith in the world, to faith in Him. The fundamental elements of the makeover in faith in Jesus Christ are the spirit of forgiveness, love of neighbor and courage to live the Gospel, even at the expense of physical harm. Does your faith need a makeover?
 
BIBLE STUDY 2nd SUNDAY IN LENT YEAR A 2017.pdf
 
 

Increase My Faith - Let Me Praise You Honestly.
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, February 27, 2017
 


Increase My Faith - Let Me Praise You Honestly

The dominant theme during this Lenten Season is: “Lord, Increase My Faith.” This is the first in a series of Bible study lessons on how to strengthen our faith. This week, the lesson focuses on honesty and sincerity in worship. “Don’t come into the presence of God to impress Him with something He gave you!” These words of Rev. T. D. Jakes capture the theme of honest worship. Worship is our faith in God in motion. It is the response of the believer’s entire being, which includes the emotions, body, will, and mind. Honest worship is giving God all He has given us. As C. S. Lewis wrote, “It is in the process of being worshiped that God communicates His presence to men.” This is why we worship God, not to impress Him, but so that He can inhabit us.
 
BIBLE STUDY 1ST SUNDAY IN LENT YEAR A 2017 LORD INCREASE MY FAITH HONEST WORSHIP.pdf
 
 

If you Love Him, Trust Him!
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, February 20, 2017
 

If you Love Him, Trust Him!

On what was called “Black Monday”, October 19, 1987, when the Dow plunged 508 points, at the request of the Pacific Stock Exchange, a suicide watch was placed on the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. During the same week, in Miami, a longtime speculator who lost large sums in the market's crash walked into the local Merrill Lynch brokerage office and requested to see his broker and the office manager. He opened his briefcase, took out a handgun, and shot and killed the two men and himself. A friend commented, “His entire life was devoted to the market, and it collapsed around him. The god that he trusted had let him down.” This incident dramatizes that we cannot serve God and mammon. Mammon is an Aramaic word, mamona, meaning wealth or property. Serving wealth brings anxiety. Serving God brings peace.
 
BIBLE STUDY 8TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR A 2017 IF YOU LOVE HIM, TRUST HIM..pdf
 
 

Bless More and Curse Less!
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, February 13, 2017
 



Bless More and Curse Less!

The instinctive response to personal harm is to retaliate or to seek revenge. This can be dangerous today since we live in a world that seems to be turning less hospitable every day. We tend to curse or retaliate against those who harm us. We often ignore the harm we do. Some intentionally harm others for personal gain. Sadly, and in some cases, we harm other for our own pleasure and enjoyment. In a sense, we chose to curse or destroy our surroundings, rather than bless and revive what is around us.
Has no one taught us to live and do no harm? Yes, Jesus did. In the Sermon on the Mount, which continues in the readings for this week, Jesus tells us that our world would be better if we bless, and make holy what God has given us. When God is in the center of our relationships, we bless more and curse less.
 
BIBLE STUDY 7TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR A.pdf
 
 

YOU CAN DO BETTER!
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, February 6, 2017
 

YOU CAN DO BETTER!

We grow up with rules. There are rules for everything. Rules rule! Here are a few that may sound familiar: Rules of the House: If you sleep on it, make it up. If you wear it, hang it up. If you drop it- pick it up. If you eat out of it- wash it. If you spill it, wipe it up. If you turn it on- turn it off. If you open it, close it. If you move it, put it back. If you like it, share it. If you receive it, give thanks for it. If you lost it, find it or replace it. If you broke it, repair it. Likewise, we should not be surprised to find rules in God’s world.
In the Old Testament, God gave rules to govern the conduct of the Chosen People. In the New Testament, Jesus gave the purpose behind the rules. He taught us that we must do better than just keeping the rules. We are called to live the rules according to His purpose.
 
BIBLE STUDY 6TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR A 2107.pdf
 
 

SHOW ME WHAT YOU GOT!
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, January 30, 2017
 


SHOW ME WHAT YOU GOT!

It is a fact that a pound of meat is affected by a quarter-pound of salt. If this is true that Christians are the salt of the earth, where is the effect of what Jesus spoke? Our spiritual character is tested daily by our life’s circumstances. Salt had a different meaning when Jesus walked the earth.
Today, salt is associated with illnesses such as high blood pressure. Similarly, the world seems to dilute the Gospel of Christ, which is the light of Jesus Christ and its believers the salt of the earth. It is almost as though the world seeks to deplete our love of God and love of neighbor. It seeks to dim the light of Christ in us and take away our “saltiness,” that is, our influence. But the salt that Jesus referred to is the power of the Holy Spirit that we received at Baptism and through life. We are required to demonstrate that power to the world. Show them what you got!
 
BIBLE STUDY FIFTH SUNDAY INORDINARY TIME YEAR A 2017.pdf
 
 

TOO BLESSED TO BE STRESSED!
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, January 23, 2017
 


TOO BLESSED TO BE STRESSED!


According to a December 2014 Pew Research Center report, money is the number one stress factor in the lives of Americans. In the meantime, the rich get richer and the poorer get poorer. Health concerns, employment, and personal relationships are additional stress points in this society. So how does a Christian manage these anxieties? The answer is in our attitude.
The Christian must know that it is God’s grace that sustains us, that empowers us, that protects us, that heals us. We are blessed. We just have to have an attitude of being blessed. Some say that attitude is more important than facts. Knowing that we are blessed relieves the stress of conforming to the world. We are too blessed to be stressed!
 
BIBLE STUDY 4TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR A 2017.pdf
 
 

HE IS CALLING YOU!
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, January 16, 2017
 


HE IS CALLING YOU! The following words from the Negro Spiritual capture the theme of this week’s readings:
Hush, hush, somebody's callin' my name
Hush, hush, somebody's callin' my name
Hush, hush, somebody's callin' my name
Oh my Lord, oh my Lord, what shall I do?
These words describe the tension of hearing someone calling you and deciding whether to respond. They describe the hesitancy that we all feel in following the call of Jesus into new and unfamiliar places that test our faith. As Christians, we should always know what to do when Jesus calls us to serve others. We must answer the call and follow Him.
 
BIBLE STUDY THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR A 2017.pdf
 
 

I KNOW WHO YOU ARE!
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, January 9, 2017
 

I KNOW WHO YOU ARE!

A facial recognition system allows the automatic verification and identification of a person from a digital image, or video source. It compares facial features from the image and a facial database. If Jesus Christ appeared to you today, would you recognize Him? What characteristics would you look for to identify Him? When we meet Jesus, can we say to Him, “I know who you are?”
As Christians, we are called to be followers of Christ. That means we must know who Jesus Christ is and we must be able to recognize Him in others. The character of the “Suffering Servant” and the “Lamb of God” is the character database to which we must compare ourselves and others, so that we can recognize the Christ in them and in ourselves. John’s recognition of Jesus was based on his comparison of Jesus to the “Suffering Servant” and the “Lamb of God.” The Gospel requires us to the same.

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Catechism of the Catholic Church

“He died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures”

601 The Scriptures had foretold this divine plan of salvation through the putting to death of “the righteous one, my Servant” as a mystery of universal redemption, that is, as the ransom that would free men from the slavery of sin. Citing a confession of faith that he himself had “received,” St. Paul professes that “Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures.” In particular Jesus’ redemptive death fulfills Isaiah’s prophecy of the suffering Servant. Indeed Jesus himself explained the meaning of his life and death in the light of God’s suffering Servant. After his Resurrection he gave this interpretation of the Scriptures to the disciples at Emmaus, and then to the apostles.
 
 
 

HOW DO I FIND JESUS?
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Wednesday, January 4, 2017
 

HOW DO I FIND JESUS?

The Magi had an epiphany. An epiphany is not an experience that we can create from within, but one that we can only be open to and receive from another. God called the Magi in the midst of their occupations. The revelation of the brilliant star that graced the night sky caused an inner movement within the Magi that required them to follow the star and validate its meaning. They left their places of comfort, sought instruction from strangers, and they expected to be successful. They knew how to find Jesus.




The Catechism of the Catholic Church and the Epiphany

529 The Epiphany is the manifestation of Jesus as Messiah of Israel, Son of God and Savior of the world. The great feast of Epiphany celebrates the adoration of Jesus by the wise men (magi) from the East, together with his baptism in the Jordan and the wedding feast at Cana in Galilee. In the magi, representatives of the neighboring pagan religions, the Gospel sees the first-fruits of the nations, who welcome the good news of salvation through the Incarnation. The magi’s coming to Jerusalem in order to pay homage to the king of the Jews shows that they seek in Israel, in the messianic light of the star of David, the one who will be king of the nations.
 
BIBLE STUDY THE EPIPHANY OF OUR LORD YEAR A 2017.pdf
 
 

GIVE THE GIFT OF TIME!
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Thursday, December 29, 2016
 

GIVE THE GIFT OF TIME!

At Christmas dinner, our family shared with each other the gifts that we would give to the world in gratitude for the gift that Jesus gave us. One said love, another peace, and another understanding, and so on. The gift that stands out to me was the one expressed by my eleven-year-old granddaughter. She said that she will give the gift of time. It dawned on me that a teaching moment came out of the mouth of a child.
The greatest gift that we can give someone is our TIME. The gift of time is great, because when we give time; we give a portion of our life that we will never give back. Time is free, but it is priceless. We can’t own time, but we can use it. Mary spent her time showing us what the fullness of time means. It means that just at the right time, and by her “yes,” mankind became adopted children of God (Gal. 4: 4-7). Mother Mary, thank you for your gift of time.
How will we spend our time this year?


 
BIBLE STUDY MARY THE MOTHER OF GOD YEAR A 2016-17.pdf
 
 

GO TELL EVERYONE!
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Thursday, December 22, 2016
 

GO TELL EVERYONE!

“All the Lord's done for you, you're telling me you don't have nothing to say? You can't tell it, oh let me tell it. Get all worked up, go tell somebody and if they look at you a little strange, Tell 'em "let me tell it!" These are the lyrics of a popular song by Commissioned that express the unspeakable joy of redemption. The shepherds in the Gospel personify these lyrics, as they seem to have a need to tell the world what God revealed to them through the message of the angels.
The Gospel tells us that the first announcement of Jesus’ birth to the world came to shepherds. Shepherds were generally despised by the orthodox “good” people of their day. Their occupation prevented them from keeping the details of the Jewish ceremonial laws. They could not observe all the meticulous hand-washings, and rules and regulations. Their flocks made constant demands on them. Their occupations kept them from the upper wrung of society. God's message first came to this group of people. His message of salvation is for everyone.
 
BIBLE STUDY SOLEMNITY OF THE NATIVITY OF THE LORD 2016 A. GO TELL EVERYONE pdf.pdf
 
 

Walk In the Light – Be a Witness!
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Tuesday, December 6, 2016
 

Walk In the Light – Be a Witness.


“Can I get a witness,” is a refrain that is often used in dynamic and energetic preaching styles. But what does it mean to be a witness for the Gospel? During this Advent Season and every day of our lives, it means to keep the Commandments of God and live a life that conforms to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH
WITNESS OF THE GOSPEL

2472 The duty of Christians to take part in the life of the Church impels them to act as witnesses of the Gospel and of the obligations that flow from it. This witness is a transmission of the faith in words and deeds. Witness is an act of justice that establishes the truth or makes it known.
2473 Martyrdom is the supreme witness given to the truth of the faith: it means bearing witness even unto death. The martyr bears witness to Christ who died and rose, to whom he is united by charity. He bears witness to the truth of the faith and of Christian doctrine. He endures death through an act of fortitude. “Let me become the food of the beasts, through whom it will be given me to reach God...”
 
BIBLE STUDY THIRD SUNDAY ADVENT YEAR A 2016.pdf
 
 

WALK IN THE LIGHT - PUT ON THE ARMOR OF LIGHT
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, November 21, 2016
 


WALK IN THE LIGHT - PUT ON THE ARMOR OF LIGHT


Sometimes the weight of the world and our normal activities lessen our perception of God’s presence among us. The shopping frenzy stimulated by “Black Friday Deals” serves to distract us from our preparation for the celebration of the coming of Jesus Christ. We are also concerned with making a living i.e. “provisions for the flesh,” and often neglect our obligation to love one another. But as the Gospel tells us, we do not know the day or the hour when we will be called to account for our fidelity to the Commandments of God. We should make special provisions to receive Jesus this Christmas in the same way we prepare for His Second Coming.
 
BIBLE STUDY FIRST SUNDAY IN ADVENT YEAR A 2016-17.pdf
 
 

WHY IS YOUR KING ON A CROSS?
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, November 14, 2016
 

WHY IS YOUR KING ON A CROSS?

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. ...” These are the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail”. He could not remain comfortable in Atlanta and fight injustice. He had to ascend the cross of injustice before he could obtain the crown of freedom. He knew that his King, Jesus, died on a cross of injustice and humiliation for the salvation of all. Dr. King imitated the Word of God and the Creator of the universe. He knew why his King was on a cross.
 
BIBLE STUDY OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST THE KING OF THE UNIVERSE YEAR C.pdf
 
 

CALM DURING CHAOS
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, November 7, 2016
 


CALM DURING CHAOS.

The “British have a saying: “Keep Calm and Carry On!” The hymn, I Know My Redeemer Lives by Samuel Medley (1738-99), captures this same sentiment in a spiritual form. The words of the hymn seem to calm the troubled soul in chaotic times. The writer says: I know that my Redeemer lives! What comfort this sweet sentence gives! He lives, He lives, who once was dead; He lives, my ever living head! He lives to silence all my fears; He lives to wipe away my tears; He lives to calm my troubled heart; He lives all blessings to impart.
This is the state of mind of a Christian who knows that God is in control. The way to remain calm during chaos is to show reverence and praise to the almighty and powerful God.
 
BIBLE STUDY THIRTY-THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR C.pdf
 
 

Is There Life After Death? - I See Dead People!
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, October 31, 2016
 

Is There Life After Death? - I See Dead People!

The following cartoon appeared in a local paper. The devil is dressed like a Hollywood agent, with the name “B. Elzebub” on his desk. Speaking to a black-cloaked figure with a scythe in his hand, he says, “Death baby, you need to refocus. Ever since that resurrection thing, your work has lost its sting.” B. Elzebub sees only dead people.

As Christians, we are not bothered by death. It has no sting. We have eternal life in Jesus the Christ. We know that if we believe in Jesus Christ and live His Holy Word, we will have eternal life and He will raise us up on the last day. Our journey on this earth is to bring the story of the resurrection to those who are dead to Christ and who are alive in this world.
 
BIBLE STUDY THIRTY-SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR C 2016.pdf
 
 

Humility – Strength to Look Up!
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Saturday, October 22, 2016
 


Humility – Strength to Look Up!


There is a common misunderstanding about strength and humility. Many of the Greek Philosophers despised humility because it exposed a weakness, inadequacy and a lack of dignity. Strength, on the other hand, is defined as mental and physical power. Humility is the strength to look past our own being and realize the source of our strength and gifts.

A humble person focuses on God and others and less on himself. C. S. Lewis wrote, “As long as you are proud you cannot know God. A proud man is always looking down on things and people: and, of course, as long as you are looking down you cannot see something that is above you.” It takes strength to look up and see God above.
 
BIBLE STUDY THIRTIETH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR C 2016.docx
 
 

THE MAGNITUDE OF GRATITUDE!
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Saturday, October 8, 2016
 

THE MAGNITUDE OF GRATITUDE!


Oprah Winfrey is credited with this saying; “Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough." The power of this statement lies in the fact that it shows the impact that gratitude, being grateful, can have on our lives.
It shows the magnitude of gratitude. Gratitude is the beginning of praise and worship. Gratitude is the birthplace of humility. Gratitude lets us know God for who He is. The more we know about God the more we are able to worship Him. That is the Magnitude of Gratitude.
 
BIBLE STUDY TWENTY EIGHT SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME.pdf
 
 

CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, September 19, 2016
 


CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?

One way to live in God’s presence is to recognize God’s voice when He speaks. This popular advertisement for a well known cellular phone carrier asks a similar question that appeals to our need hear others and be heard as a basic need, “Can you hear men now?” The cellular phone and service provider industries can measure their success by how well they address the needs of the public to be heard by others. In the same way, our spiritual success is dependent on our attention to the Word of God. Our spiritual success depends on whether or not we hear the voice of God clearly enough to keep His commandments and respond to the needs of others. We should listen for God’s voice in everything we do. It would be tragic indeed to end our lives and as we stand before the seat of judgment, God says: “Can you hear me
 
BIBLE STUDY TWENTY SIXTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR C 2016.pdf
 
 

One More Chance!
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, September 5, 2016
 

One More Chance!

Thomas Merton, one of the most influential Catholic authors of the 20th century writes, “God has left sin in the world in order that there may be forgiveness: not only the secret forgiveness by which He Himself cleanses our souls, but the manifest forgiveness by which we have mercy on one another and so give expression to the fact that He is living, by His mercy, in our own hearts.” ― Thomas Merton, No Man Is an Island. This reflection on God’s mercy confirms the notion that just as we receive a second chance through God’s mercy, we are obliged to give a second chance to others in gratitude for God’s mercy to us.
 
BIBLE STUDY TWENTY FOURTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY C TIME YEAR C 2016.pdf
 
 

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Friday, September 2, 2016
 



How Much Does It Cost?

Many of us belong to social clubs or carnival clubs. There is a cost of membership and participation requirements in order to remain an active member. To attend a club’s carnival ball could cost a bundle: dress, tux, limo, flowers, jewelry, manicure, pedicure, hair-do, photographs, pre-ball dinner, and a post-ball party. But this is chump-change compared to the cost of discipleship. Before we join a club or any organization, it is prudent to ask about the cost. We can measure the cost in time, talent and treasure. As Christians, is it ever appropriate to ask, “How much does it cost me to be a disciple of Jesus Christ?” The readings this Sunday ask us to evaluate the cost of discipleship.
 
BIBLE STUDY TWENTY THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR C 2016.pdf
 
 

HOW MUCH IS ENOUGH?
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, July 25, 2016
 

HOW MUCH IS ENOUGH?

Even a capitalist might say that wealth is not the product of an individual, but largely the joint product of a community. In unity with two of the Church’s prominent teachings on wealth, Pope Francis declared that the world must share wealth. The Church teaches that, “God intended the earth and everything in it for the sake of all human beings. Therefore, created goods should flow fairly to all. All other rights are subordinated to this principle.” (See Gaudium et Spes 69; Popularum Progressio 22.). Then where are the “self made men?” For the Christian, wealth and power come from God. We are only stewards or care takers of divine gifts. They are not ours to posses absolutely.


WEALTH
Wealth is a major theme in the Wisdom Literature of the Bible (Prov 10:15; 13:11; 19:4). The most important observation of these writings is that wealth comes from God (Prov 3:9-10). The possession of wealth is not always the sign of God's favor. "Why does the way of the wicked prosper?" (Jer 12:1) became a familiar theme to the writers of the Old Testament. The popular view that wickedness brings poverty and goodness brings wealth is strongly opposed by the Book of Job.
The prophet Amos thundered against the rich and prosperous inhabitants of Israel, who sold "the righteous for silver, and the poor for a pair of sandals" (Amos 2:6). Their wealth was corrupt and under a curse because it was founded on exploitation of the poor.
In the New Testament, many warnings are given of the dangers of letting money and things possess a person's heart. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus spoke of "treasures on earth" and "treasures in heaven" and called upon His followers to be careful of which treasure they chose (Matt 6:19-21,24). The only true and lasting wealth is the spiritual riches of God's grace (Matt 13:44-46).
From: Nelson's Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Copyright © 1986, Thomas Nelson Publishers
 
BIBLE STUDY SEVENTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR C 2016.pdf
 
 

PRAY UNTIL SOMETHING HAPPENS - P U S H
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, July 18, 2016
 


Pray Until Something Happens. P U S H


Prayer is not magic. It is not a device like a remote control to make things happen. Instead, it is a means through which we surrender control of our lives to the remarkable purposes for which God created us. Prayer is not a magic spell in which we chant, or pray and get whatever we want. If so, many of us would have won the lottery by now. Prayer is seeking God’s presence and what God wants for us.
Prayer not only leads to a greater knowledge of God and His desires for us, but it also gives us His Holy Spirit. That is why we must P U S H prayers to heaven. That is, we must, “Pray Until Something Happens”. We know we have PUSHED when we receive the Holy Spirit and when we know God’s will for us.
 
BIBLE STUDY 17TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR C 2013.pdf
 
 

Keep Your Balance.
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, July 11, 2016
 




Keep Your Balance.


The great spiritualist Thomas Merton wrote, “Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony.” Balance can be defined as poise, stability or steadiness. In the readings this Sunday, the Church continues Her instruction on discipleship. Love of neighbor, as a quality of discipleship, was the theme from last Sunday’s Gospel.

This Sunday, the Church raises the question of proportionality. How much love is enough? Our daily lives are filled with the stress of balancing work with prayer, and balancing family with matters of faith. Can our devotion to Jesus cause us to neglect our family? Can our devotion to family and career cause us to neglect our faith? The answer is to find the proper balance on the “Cross of Christ”.


 
 
 

LAW OR LOVE - WHICH DO YOUR FOLLOW?
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, July 4, 2016
 



Love or Law, Which do you follow?


Law may be defined as a system of rules and regulations that governs relationships in society. However, the study of law is not only about keeping rules; it is also about loving others. Love can be defined as the high esteem which God has for His human children and the high regard which they, in turn, should have for Him and others. Eternal life is not inherited by keeping laws, but by caring for others and treating them with mercy.
 
BIBLE STUDY FIFTEENTH SUNDAY INORDINARY TIME YEAR C 2016.pdf
 
 

SUMMER BIBLE ENCOUNTER - ST. PAUL'S LETTER TO THE ROMANS
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, June 20, 2016
 
The Letter of St. Paul to the Romans


St. Paul wrote his Letter to the Romans from the Greek province of Achaia around A.D. 56 or early 58. The Roman Christian Church to whom St. Paul sent this letter was predominately Gentile-Christian. The letter provided an opportunity for him to introduce himself since he planned to visit the Christian Community in Rome. It also provided an opportunity to reiterate his teaching that Gentile Christians should not be required to first become Jews. It is through this process that St. Paul provides some of the most profound teaching on what it means to be a Christian. It means a life totally enveloped in the Holy Spirit of God.

There are two more weeks left in the Summer Bible Encounter. June 20, and June 27, 2016. Join us at 7:00 PM in the center. All are welcome.
 
ROMANS STUDY QUESTIONS icsb-romans.pdf
 
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WHAT’S YOUR EXCUSE?
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, June 20, 2016
 



WHAT’S YOUR EXCUSE?

When it comes to doing what is painful, we can find the best excuses to avoid our obligations. But as followers of Jesus Christ, we should have no excuse that prevents us from following Him. According to the poet, Annie Johnson Flint, here is why, "God gives more grace when the burdens grow greater; God sends more strength when the labors increase. To added affliction, He adds His mercy; To multiplied trials, He multiplies peace. His love has no limit, His grace has no measure; His power has no boundary known unto men. For out of His infinite riches in Jesus, God gives, and gives, and gives again."
 
BIBLE STUDY THIRTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR C 2016.pdf
 
 

SAVE YOUR LIFE, LOSE YOUR SOUL.
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Thursday, June 16, 2016
 


SAVE YOUR LIFE, LOSE YOUR SOUL.

A Magic Wand, the Fairy Godmother, Genie in a Lamp — everyone wants a painless way out. We want an “Easy Button” out of hard times and difficulties. The ad campaign for Staples has won industry awards for its creative spots containing The Easy Button. It’s a cherry-red, plastic, dome-shaped button with the word “easy” emblazoned across the top. The commercial is designed to convince the audience that just by hitting the button, all of their office product and supply needs will be solved at Staples. The notion is confirmed with the words, “That was Easy.” But faith means walking through suffering, not around it. There was no easy button on Calvary. Save your life, lose your soul.
 
BIBLE STUDY TWELFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME 2016 YEAR C.pdf
 
 

“It Ain’t Over Until God Says It’s Over.”
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, May 30, 2016
 

“It Ain’t Over Until God Says It’s Over.”

Correspondent Ed Bradley visited the Vietnam Memorial in Washington D. C. and happened to notice a letter propped against the black wall. This is what it said: Hi lover. I wanted to come back and say hello. You know, I went ahead and married Dick and we have a beautiful little girl. Her favorite color is purple, the color of this stationery. I went to Arlington to see your grave and it said you got a Purple Heart for dying. Well, this is your purple heart for having lived. I hope that our daughter finds as wonderful and as beautiful a first love as you were for me. Good-bye. Hello. Nancy. Though it appeared that the life of this soldier had ended, his spirit of love survived his death. It ain’t over until God says it’s over.
 
BIBLE STUDY 10TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR C 2016.pdf
 
 

Give What You Got!
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, May 23, 2016
 


Give What You Got!


"The best way to give is to give much, often and anonymously. Don't speak about your giving, and don't think when you give. Just give, both with your means and with your heart. And give spontaneously. Real charity can happen at any moment in life.” So says Michel Roux, in his article entitled, "Giving Back," as it appeared in the December 1999 issue of Fast Company. He says give what you got quickly, regularly, anonymously and spontaneously.
 
 
 

He Will Take You There!
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Saturday, May 21, 2016
 


He Will Take You There!


In the seventies and eighties a group called the Staple Singers sang a song called, “I’ll Take You There”. Here are some of the lyrics: “I Know a place, Ain't nobody cryin', Ain't nobody worried, Ain't no smilin' faces, Mmm, no, no Lyin' to the races. … Oh-oh! Let me take you there!…”
The spirit and vibrations of that song projected a peaceful place built upon truth. The song seemed to cross racial and social lines and united people around what we all seek in life, truth. Truth resides in the Triune God. When we seek truth, we seek the God who creates and the God who redeems. The Spirit of that God is truth. He will take you there.


THE HOLY TRINITY
261 The mystery of the Most Holy Trinity is the central mystery of the Christian faith and of Christian life. God alone can make it known to us by revealing himself as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
262 The Incarnation of God’s Son reveals that God is the eternal Father and that the Son is consubstantial with the Father, which means that, in the Father and with the Father, the Son is one and the same God.
263 The mission of the Holy Spirit, sent by the Father in the name of the Son (Jn 14:26) and by the Son “from the Father” (Jn 15:26), reveals that, with them, the Spirit is one and the same God. “With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified” (Nicene Creed).
(The Catechism of the Catholic Church.)

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FIRED UP! - The Spirit of the Lord is upon me.
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, May 9, 2016
 

FIRED UP! - The Spirit of the Lord is upon me.


Fire has no shape or substance. It has no taste, or smell. It has no weight or measure in order to examine its elements. You touch it at great risk. Yet, it has extraordinary power. In scripture, fire represents holiness. Holiness can be defined as a Spirit-filled life. It is a life of good works done in Jesus' name with the intent to bring honor to Him.
As Christians, we must have a positive influence in our homes, schools, communities, workplaces, government and local congregations and wherever we meet the world. We are charged with the responsibility to spread the Spirit of the Lord that has breathed upon us since Baptism.
 
BIBLE STUDY SOLEMNITY OF PENTECOST.pdf
 
 

CAN I GET A WITNESS?
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, May 2, 2016
 
CAN I GET A WITNESS?


A witness is someone who gives evidence, usually in the form of testimony, to prove the truth of a fact. Scripture shows that through history, God has called others to become witnesses of His glory (Acts 14:17). For example, witness to Christ was given by the prophets (Acts 10:43), John the Baptist (John 1:7), God the Father (John 5:37; 8:18), the works of Christ (John 5:36; 10:37-38), and finally, Christ Himself (John 8:18).
The Ascension of our Lord reminds us of our calling to testify to the world that Jesus Christ is Lord.
 
 
 

SHOW SOME LOVE!
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, April 18, 2016
 



SHOW SOME LOVE!


“When God is loved by us with our whole heart and our whole spirit then ... our neighbor and everything that ought to be loved is loved rightly.” With these words the spiritual writer, Richard Rolle, shows what it means to live the “New Commandment of Love”.
 
BIBLE STUDY FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER YEAR C 2016.pdf
 
 

Open the Doors!
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, March 28, 2016
 




Open the Doors!

Closed doors send very deliberate messages: “do not enter;” “you are not invited”; “I am afraid of you”; “I don’t trust you”; and, “enter at your own risk.” Closed hearts send the same messages. The willingness to accept others as they are opens our hearts to the Gospel of Love of Jesus Christ.
Faith in Jesus Christ can soften the hardest of hearts and open the door of salvation. The readings this Sunday shows the liberating character of Faith in Jesus Christ.
 
BIBLE STUDY SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER 2016.pdf
 
 

TODAY I RISE!
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Thursday, March 24, 2016
 


TODAY I RISE!


The Resurrection of our Lord is the foundation of our Christian faith. Jesus’ victory over sin and death gives us hope that we will also triumph over the ills of this world. The formula for this victory is: love of God, love of others and self-respect. These words of Maya Angelou in the poem, “Still I Rise” seem to apply the resurrection of our Lord to our daily lives: “You may shoot me with your words, you may cut me with your eyes, you may kill me with your hatefulness, but still I rise.” Just as Jesus chose death to redeem us, He chose resurrection to free us.
To the Christian, the Resurrection of Jesus means that we too must choose not to be overwhelmed by the rejection of this world. Instead, we must choose to rise over the ills of this world so that we may have eternal life.
 
BIBLE STUDY RESURRECTION OF OUR LORD SUNDAY 2016.pdf
 
 

JUST FOR ME, HE HAS A PASSION FOR COMPASSION!
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, March 14, 2016
 

JUST FOR ME, HE HAS A PASSION FOR COMPASSION!

Our passion can be expressed in many different ways. For some, it is through music. One passionate soul expressed it in graffiti on a New York subway: “You can punch my lips so I can't blow my horn, but my fingers will find a piano. You can slam the piano lid on my fingers, but you can't stop my toes from tapping. You can stomp on my foot to keep my toes from tapping, but my heart will keep on swinging in four/four time. You can even stop my heart from ticking, but the music of the saints shall never cease.”
The passion of this soulful musician imitates the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Though he was beaten, bruised, whipped, nailed, and humiliated, His Passion to suffer for us never stopped. This is His passion for compassion.
 
BIBLE STUDY PASSION SUNDAY YEAR C 2016.pdf
 
 

Just for me – He looked past my faults. He saw my needs.
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, March 7, 2016
 



Just for me – He looked past my faults. He saw my needs.

Family and class reunions can be exciting events. We remember the past in the context of the present. We hear phrases like, “back then, we were just kids;” or we hear, “remember when we used to …” All of these phrases remind us that we are not the person we used to be. We have changed. There are things in our past that we would like to forget. The readings for this Fifth Sunday of Lent remind us that God makes all things new. He looks beyond our faults. He cares for our needs.
 
BIBLE STUDY FIFTH SUNDAY IN LENT YEAR C 2016.pdf
 
 

JUST FOR ME – HE GIVES ME A SECOND CHANCE.
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, February 29, 2016
 



JUST FOR ME – HE GIVES ME A SECOND CHANCE.


The words “do over” are rather new to the American Lexicon, but the concept is old. We all want a second chance. We cheer the underdog who makes a comeback against all odds. In a sense, we love “losers”. It is only through love that “losers” get a second chance. When we sin, that is, choosing to live outside of God’s love, we are losers. We need a second chance to make a comeback. Thank God for loving losers enough to give us a second chance. Just for me, He gives me a second chance.
 
BIBLE STUDY FOURTH SUNDAY IN LENT YEAR C 2016.docx
 
 

Just For Me – He Forgives Me When I Turn to Him.
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, February 22, 2016
 


Just For Me – He Forgives Me When I Turn to Him.

In November of 2015, in an address to the Guardini foundation, Pope Francis said: “Do not fear, and do not be sad, so long as your remorse does not dry up, God forgives everything. Man is unable to commit a sin that is too great for God’s unending love.” This statement supports the Lenten theme.
This week we focus on repentance and forgiveness. Repentance is turning away from our rebellious ways and back to God. As a third grader put it, “to repent is being sorry for your sins enough to quit sinning.” Forgiveness is the act of excusing another in spite of their shortcomings or errors. Our repentance requires that we forgive those who have offended us. Unless we repent, we will perish.
 
BIBLE STUDY THIRD SUNDAY IN LENT YEAR C 2016.pdf
 
 

JUST FOR ME! - HE TALKS TO ME.
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, February 15, 2016
 




JUST FOR ME! - HE TALKS TO ME.


St. Peter Chrysologus, the Archbishop of Revenna in Italy during the fourth century, noted that fasting, prayer and mercy are the source of renewed faith. He said prayer knocks at the door of mercy, fasting is the soul of prayer and mercy is the product of prayer and fasting. The three of them are one as they give life to each other.
As we prepare ourselves through prayer, fasting and almsgiving (mercy) during Lent, we must remember that the purpose of Lent is personal purification though acts of mercy. The most exhilarating spiritual experience in prayer must be accompanied with action that reflects that experience. During Lent, we are called to accompany Jesus to the mountain of Calvary and rise with Him from the tomb, committed to love deeper and forgive more frequently than ever before. During Lent let Him talk to you personally.
 
BIBLE STUDY SECOND SUNDAY IN LENT 2016 YEAR C.pdf
 
 

“JUST FOR ME- HIS MERCY IS PERSONAL.”
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Wednesday, February 10, 2016
 

“JUST FOR ME- HIS MERCY IS PERSONAL.”

God so loved the world that He gave His only Son Jesus to die for the sins of the world. He died to save each one of us. Jesus’ saving act on the cross is both universal and personal. We have all sinned and fallen short. We lie, cheat, steal, ignore God, take His name in vain, and do not love each other. To know that Jesus’ mercy is personal is to know Jesus personally. This personal relationship provides encouragement, strength and dignity to Christians who seek a personal experience with Jesus Christ, our Savior. Lent is a time to fortify our relationship with Jesus.
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TEMPTATION

Temptation is common to all (Dan 12:10; Zech 13:9; Ps 66:10; Luke 22:31,40; Heb 11:17; James 1:12; 1 Peter 1:7; 4:12). We read of the temptation of Joseph (Gen 39), of David (2 Sam 24; 1 Chron 21:1), of Hezekiah (2 Chron 32:31), of Daniel (Dan 6), etc. So long as we are in this world we are exposed to temptations, and need ever to be on our watch against them.


Temptation - Easton's Bible Dictionary, PC Study Bible formatted electronic database Copyright © 2003, 2006 Biblesoft, Inc. All rights reserved
 
BIBLE STUDY FIRST SUNDAY IN LENT YEAR C 2016.pdf
 
 

DID YOU CALL ME?
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, February 1, 2016
 

DID YOU CALL ME?

Often, we are too busy to take calls. To avoid them, we place our phones on vibrate, turn them off, or just refuse to answer them. The same is true in our spiritual life. We are often too busy with life to hear the call of God. We generally ignore the call, or simply refuse to respond until a more convenient time. But God’s call is not some voice calling us to be something we are not. It is the voice of God calling us to be the person He created us to be. We should never have to ask Him, “Did you call me?”
 
BIBLE STUDY FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR C 2016.pdf
 
 

STRENGTH WHEN REJECTED!
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Wednesday, January 27, 2016
 

STRENGTH WHEN REJECTED!

Successful people often view rejection as feedback. Failure is a learning experience, an opportunity to try again. The word “reject” means to refuse, rebuff, snub, throw out, deny, or eliminate. By contrast, the word love means to feel affection for, adore, worship, or be devoted to. The Gospel of Love that Jesus lived was and is rejected, snubbed and refused by even those closest to Him and who today profess deep belief in Him. We may also experience rejection when we live His Gospel. We survive rejection by acting out of love of God and love of neighbor.
 
BIBLE STUDY FOURTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR C 2016.pdf
 
 

IDENTIFY YOURSELF!
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, January 18, 2016
 

IDENTIFY YOURSELF!

Who are you, really? To answer this question we should consider: Who or what influences our decisions; what you do; what you think about yourself; and, what others say about you? We are often not sure about who we are, because we use people as the reference point. We wear team jerseys, fraternity pins, patches, tattoos and insignia to signal to others how we want to be judged.
The only reliable source of our identity is God. He created us. He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die for us. He has given us His grace in the form of gifts to use as our identification card as Christians.
 
BIBLE STUDY THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR C.pdf
 
 

IT IS GOING TO BE ALRIGHT!
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, January 4, 2016
 


IT IS GOING TO BE ALRIGHT!

As we begin this New Year, these assuring words sooth our hearts. During this holy season, we have prepared for and received the light of Christ’s presence within us at Christmas. We now continue our journey into a deeper spiritual relationship with God.
What will the year be like? What challenges will I face? These questions are born in anxiety and fear of the unknown. Such anxiety and doubt are replaced with the confidence in the Creator that our salvation has been secured in spite of our faults. Through the mercy of God our future is assured. God sent His Son who accepted the baptism of sinners in solidarity with us. In doing so He assures that “everything is going to be alright.”
 
BIBLE STUDY BAPTISM OF OUR LORD YEAR C.pdf
 
 

COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS AND FOLLOW YOUR STAR!
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, December 28, 2015
 

COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS!

Happy New Year! While this is the appropriate greeting for this day, but the Church gives us the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God as the focus of the first day of the New Year. This seems to be an appropriate focus as we celebrate Mary, “the one who gives birth to God.” What a blessing it must have been to give birth to God and to have a role in fulfilling God’s plan of redemption. Mary provides a model for us as we face the joys and challenges of the coming year. This first day of the year gives us an opportunity to trace God’s presence in our lives and to live a life in Christ throughout this year.


FOLLOW YOUR STAR!
The story of the Magi is unique to the Gospel of Matthew. The Magi are probably Persian astrologers from Mesopotamia who persistently followed their hope of finding “the newborn king of the Jews.” Their hope is represented by the unusual star that they followed. They endured harsh traveling conditions and the deceitful plotting by Herod to achieve their goal. In spite of our frequent encounters with the deceit and treachery of this world, we, like the Magi, must persistently search for the Christ. When the light of Christ seems to grow dim under the glitz and glamour of the world, and when evil seems to stand in our way, we must trust that God will never abandon us to the darkness of evil. He will always lead us to the Light.
 
BIBLE STUDY SOLEMNITY OF MARY AND THE EPIPHANY .pdf
 
 

The Mercy of God is Our Salvation.
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Wednesday, December 23, 2015
 

The Mercy of God is Our Salvation.

During the four weeks of Advent, the theme of Mercy permeated our meditation as we prepared for Christmas. We experienced the Mercy of God as our refuge; as a new beginning; as our source of joy; our source of patience, and as our salvation.
The purpose of these meditations on the various attributes of God’s mercy is to prepare us to receive Jesus Christ anew this Christmas, as living proof of our salvation. The readings this Sunday invite us to embrace our salvation in Jesus by being the face of God’s mercy to others.
 
BIBLE STUDY CHRISTMAS DAY - MASS AT DAWN.pdf
 
 

The Mercy of God is Our Salvation.
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, December 21, 2015
 

The Mercy of God is Our Salvation.

During the four weeks of Advent, the theme of Mercy permeated our meditation as we prepared for Christmas. We experienced the Mercy of God as our refuge; as a new beginning; as our source of joy; our source of patience, and as our salvation.
The purpose of these meditations on the various attributes of God’s mercy is to prepare us to receive Jesus Christ anew this Christmas, as living proof of our salvation. The readings this Sunday invite us to embrace our salvation in Jesus by being the face of God’s mercy to others.
 
 
 

THE MERCY OF GOD IS MY REFUGE
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Tuesday, November 24, 2015
 
THE MERCY OF GOD IS MY REFUGE

During these four weeks of Advent, we will encounter the mercy of God with themes that reveal four different attributes of the Mercy of God. They are: Week I The Mercy of God is My Refuge; Week II The Mercy of God is my New Beginning; Week III The Mercy of God is the Source of My Joy; Week IV The Mercy of God is Patient. At Christmas we will celebrate the theme , The Mercy of God Saves Me.
The theme for this Advent is, “The Mercy of God is …” Consistent with the declaration of the Year of Mercy by Pope Francis, the next four Bible studies will seek a deeper revelation of God’s mercy. During this first week of Advent, we realize that the Mercy of God is my refuge. A refuge is a condition of being safe from danger, trouble or pursuit. It is also a place of safety or shelter. As people of faith, we take to heart that we dwell in the shelter of the Most High God and live in the shade of the Almighty. He is our fortress, our refuge, our God in whom we trust. His mercy is our refuge.
 
BIBLE STUDY FIRS SUNDAY IN ADVENT YEAR C 2015.pdf
 
 

NATIONAL BIBLE STUDY WEEK 2015 SEW THE SEEDS OF SCRIPTURE
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Wednesday, November 11, 2015
 

SEW THE SEEDS OF SCRIPTURE IN YOUR HOME - HERE IS WHY- IGNORANCE OF SCRIPTURE IS IGNORANCE OF CHRIST.

The priest was near death, his body surrendering to a long struggle with cancer. He had spent his entire life immersed in the Word of God. He loved to tell others how he had caught his love for the Bible from his parents, who had read him favorite stories at bedtime. His love of Scripture grew through adolescence and young adulthood, nurtured by a favorite catechist and a kind pastor, a vibrant homiest. After ordination the priest was invited to pursue biblical studies, a path that eventually led to a long career as a renowned Scripture scholar. Admired by the scholarly Community and loved by his students, he took to heart the famous words of St. Jerome: “Ignorance
of the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ.” Thanks to his parents, the seed of God’s Word was sown early in his life and took deep root. In this seed, he discovered a friendship with Christ, an intimacy that deepened each passing year. Now he prayed, quietly and peacefully, “Lord, I sought your
Word, and you found me. You know I’m ready. Your Word has been my light and my life. I live no longer, but you live in me.”
 
NATIONAL BIBLE STUDY WEEK.pdf
 
 

IT IS NOT OVER!
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, November 9, 2015
 
IT IS NOT OVER! When things are going well we don’t want them to end. When things are going wrong we ask for deliverance. This is the natural human cycle between hope and despair. We complete this cycle of hope to despair to hope only with the declaration of Jesus Christ that our suffering is to test our endurance. His suffering was to atone for all sins. We find hope in despair when we realized that God is in control of our all things.

HOW DO YOU FIND HOPE IN DESPAIR?
Draw on your relationship with God.
Use the resources your have!
Know who is fighting your battle!
Know that you are more than a conqueror!
God will never give you a task that he will not give you the ability to over come IT !
 
BIBLE STUDY 33RD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR B 2015.pdf
 
 

NEVER GIVE UP! NEVER GIVE IN! BIBLE STUDY AND RCIA ANNOUNCEMENT
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Friday, October 23, 2015
 
NEVER GIVE UP! NEVER GIVE IN!

Never give up! Never give in! This is what someone should have told Bartimaeus. On the contrary, the crowd tried to quiet him. But he did not give up. He cried out even louder, as others tried to silence him. It took determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort for him to attain his dream of gaining his sight. It also took hope. He hoped that Jesus would hear him. Bartimaeus hoped that in the midst of his blindness, Jesus would see his condition. He did not give up and his eyes were opened.


BIBLE STUDY AND RCIA ANNOUNCEMENT FOR OCTOBER 24TH AND 25TH 2015
This can be placed in the Bulletin for next Sunday.
ST. MARIA GORETTI PARISH RCIA
THE PERIOD OF EVANGELIZATION HAS BEGUN
DOES THE CATHOLIC CHURCH WORSHIP SAINTS?
ARE YOU SOMEONE OR DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE WHO…
• Is Catholic and would like to know more about their faith
• Has expressed an interest in becoming Catholic?
• Has a child over the age of seven who has not been baptized?
• Was baptized Catholic as a child, but has not celebrated the Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist?
St. Maria Goretti Parish now offers an opportunity to come together in a small group to learn more about our faith. These sessions will focus on the Bible, the teachings and experience of the Church and prepare individuals to celebrate the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. We will meet every TUESDAY EVENING AT 7:00 PM in the CHAPEL.
For more information please contact Deacon Terrel J. Broussard, Harold Broussard, Byron Martin or any member of the RCIA Team at (504) 242-7554, or by email at: tbroussard@smgnola.com , or visit the web site at http://www.smgnola.com.

BIBLE STUDY ANNOUNCEMENT
The Bible Study theme for this week is entitled: I WANT MY WHITE ROBE! This study of God’s word is taken from the readings for the SOLEMNITY OF ALL SAINTS: Reading I: Revelation 7:2-4, 9-14; Reading II: 1 John 3:1-3 Gospel: Matthew 5:1-12a. During this session, we will discuss the question: WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A SAINT? This Bible Study Lesson prepared by Deacon Broussard can be found on the parish website and can be downloaded for your personal use. Join us every Monday evening at 7:00 PM in the Center for an hour that will keep you looking up!
 
BIBLE STUDY 30TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR B 2015.pdf
 
 

NEVER GIVE UP! NEVER GIVE IN!
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Friday, October 23, 2015
 


NEVER GIVE UP! NEVER GIVE IN!

Never give up! Never give in! This is what someone should have told Bartimaeus. On the contrary, the crowd tried to quiet him. But he did not give up. He cried out even louder, as others tried to silence him. It took determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort for him to attain his dream of gaining his sight. It also took hope. He hoped that Jesus would hear him. Bartimaeus hoped that in the midst of his blindness, Jesus would see his condition. He did not give up and his eyes were opened.
 
BIBLE STUDY 30TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR B 2015.pdf
 
 

GIVE IT UP!
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, October 5, 2015
 



GIVE IT UP!
St. Francis of Assisi is one of the most popular saints of the Catholic Church. He is known for his spirituality, self-sacrifice and love for the poor. He renounced his family and his wealth and dedicated himself to the service of those in the margins of society. He practiced equality by showing respect for everyone, whether pope of pauper. He gave up everything to serve the Lord.
In the Gospel, Jesus tells the young man who eagerly wanted to follow Him to give up all of his possessions. The young man could not do it. Perhaps the reason is that this young man did not own any earthly possessions at all. His earthly possessions owned him. He could not give what he did not own.
 
BIBLE STUDY 28TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR B 2015.pdf
 
 

GIVE ME YOUR HEART!
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, September 28, 2015
 

GIVE ME YOUR HEART!

“Give me your heart. Make it real, or else forget about it.” These words are from a popular song entitled, “Smooth” by Carlos Santana. The lyrics describe a tortured; one-sided love affair that sometimes describes our relationship with God. The heart can be described as the inner self that thinks, feels and decides. Nearly all references to the human heart in the Bible refer to some aspect of human personality.
Sometimes our daily experiences make us indifferent to God and cruel to others. This is a hardened heart. But in the midst of our struggles, we must remain open to God and those that God has placed in our midst to help us. God wants our hearts open to Him. Give Him your heart. Make Him real in your life, or else you will remain outside of His grace and His will for us.
 
BIBLE STUDY 27TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR B 2015.pdf
 
 

Who Invited You?
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, September 21, 2015
 


Who Invited You?

Privilege can be defined as a special right, advantage, or immunity granted or available only to a particular person or group of people. When a person without a special right enters a community or group, they are almost immediately rejected. Someone in the privileged group will say. “Who invited you?” These words can reveal the pettiness, arrogance and envy that accompany our attempts to exclude others.
We are most comfortable with our own surroundings, our own relations, our own race and ethnicity. We want to think that our group is the best group. The Gospel reminds us that the only group that matters is the Community of Believers in Jesus the Christ. We are called to invite others into that community by the way we live.
 
BIBLE STUDY 26TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR B 2015.pdf
 
 

NO CROSS, NO CROWN.
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, September 7, 2015
 



NO CROSS, NO CROWN.

There is no greater conquest than victory over oneself. In that victory we learn that real worth is achieved, not so much by activity, but by silent suffering and persistence in the face of failure. We learn to seek first the Kingdom of God and His justice. In that victory over self, we learn to brave the taunts, beatings and crucifixions of our Good Fridays, in order to experience the triumph of the Holy Spirit in our Easter Sundays. In our victory over ourselves we learn, “NO CROSS, NO CROWN.”
 
BIBLE STUDY 24TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR B 2015.pdf
 
 

Open up!
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, August 31, 2015
 



Open up!

The command to be open is challenging. To be open is to be accessible, exposed, available, and even vulnerable. Pope Francis has encouraged us to be open to God’s command for us to get out of the pews and evangelize. He encourages us to restore hope to young people, help the old, be open to the future, and spread love. He encourages us to be poor among the poor, to include the excluded and preach peace. Our challenge, therefore, is to “be open” to God’s presence, in our joys, successes, sorrows, and in each other’s needs. To live in God’s presence we must, Open Up!
 
BIBLE STUDY 23rd SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR B.pdf
 
 

Don’t Give Me Lip Service!
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, August 24, 2015
 


Don’t Give Me Lip Service!

Poverty, low wages, economic, racial, ethnic and gender discrimination are religious issues. They exist because Christians give lip service to the Commandment to love one another as God loves us. Lip service is hypocrisy. It is saying one thing and doing another and a lack of commitment. Commitment is a state or quality in which one restricts their freedom of action for a cause. Commitment is more than lip service. It is a way of life. Is your faith a form of lip service?
 
 
 

CHOOSE LIFE IN A CULTURE OF DEATH!
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, August 17, 2015
 


CHOOSE LIFE IN A CULTURE OF DEATH!

Because we have free will, it can be said life is a series of choices. We have the ability to make the right choices, because we are made in God’s image and He leads us to right choices. He leads us to life saving choices but we must listen to that small voice within us that reflects God’s purpose for us. In this society, life is cheap and can be snuffed out by racial, ethnic and tribal hatred. Like a lion, the evil one prowls this earth seeking someone to devour through addictions, depravity, exploitation and economic disparity. The good news is that as children of the Most High God, we have the capacity to choose life in this culture of death.
 
 
 

WE ARE WHAT WE EAT!
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Tuesday, August 11, 2015
 




WE ARE WHAT WE EAT!

This phrase can be traced to its French origins in the 1800s. It surfaced in 1920 in the United States when the nutritionist, Victor Lindlahr, developed a diet which proved that diet controlled health. In essence, he proved that we are as healthy as we eat. Today, the world is filled with dietary supplements and energy drinks that provide artificial ways of losing unwanted and pounds and boosting energy levels, which may be unhealthy. In ancient China the gods are said to have eaten
“peaches” which made them immortal. Likewise, our eternity depends on our spiritual food on earth. We are what we eat.
 
BIBLE STUDY TWENTIETH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR B 2015.pdf
 
 

YOU DON’T KNOW ME.
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, August 3, 2015
 


YOU DON’T KNOW ME.

Have you ever had to tell someone that they really don’t know your character? Perhaps they thought they knew you well but you revealed some trait that is foreign to their perception of your character. Perhaps sometimes we reveal a quality that even our closest relations fail to understand. It is one that is an essential element of our composition. This Sunday, the scriptures remind us of God’s attribute as, “Yahwehe-yireh, the Lord who will provide.” (Gen. 22:14) DO YOU KNOW HIM?
 
BIBLE STUDY 19TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR B 2015.pdf
 
 

Give What You Got!
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Saturday, August 1, 2015
 


Give What You Got!


The lyrics to the song, “All of Me”, by John Legend, captures the concept that is at the core of our spiritual relationship with God. It is the concept of total commitment, self-sacrifice and dedication. “…Give your all to me, I'll give my all to you. You're my end and my beginning. Even when I lose I'm winning. Cause I give you all of me; And you give me all of you, oh…! Giving everything we have means not grumbling, not complaining. It means loving God as He is and each other as we are. God tells us all, give me what you got!
 
BIBLE STUDH 18TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR B 2015.pdf
 
 

When a Little is Enough!
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, July 20, 2015
 


When a Little is Enough!

Did it ever occur to you that what God has given to us is sufficient for our existence? It is possible to become blind, if we see each day as the same as yesterday. God gives us each day as a miracle on its own. We just have to pay attention to the miracle. A miracle occurs each time we choose to love others as God loves us. The miracle of life is that the more we love, the more God shows us His love. Even a little love can be enough.
 
 
 

Step Back!
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Friday, July 17, 2015
 

Step Back!

According to Albert Einstein, solitude is painful when one is young, but delightful when one is more mature. Whether we are young or old, it is time to step back from our busy lives and spend time alone with Jesus. We are often so involved in the pace of our lives that we fail to realize the substance of our actions. What are we really doing with our lives? Are we the best we can be? Are we making the best use of our resources?
The readings this Sunday seem to suggest that we
take a step back and see what we are doing and where we are going.
 
 
 

IT’S YOUR TURN!
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Tuesday, July 7, 2015
 




IT’S YOUR TURN!

The value of training is only realized when the training is put to the test. The New Evangelization does just that. If all Christians respond immediately with generosity and holiness to the call and challenges of our time, it will bring us into a new and fruitful missionary age. It is our turn.
 
BIBLE STUDY 15TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR B 2015.pdf
 
 

Failure Is Not Fatal!
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Tuesday, June 30, 2015
 


Failure Is Not Fatal!

No one likes to face it, but failure is a part of the life of every Christian. Jesus’ own ministry was considered a failure to some. His very death on the cross, for our sake, gives an example that failure is not fatal. Jesus’ death on the cross provides us with a sacrament of failure that can empower us to have the nerve to fail as we live the Gospel of Truth.
 
BIBLE STUDY 14TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR B 2015.pdf
 
 

JUST HAVE FAITH!
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Tuesday, June 23, 2015
 


JUST HAVE FAITH!



In its 1980 Pastoral Letter on Marxist Communism, the U. S. Conference of Bishops challenged us not to give lip service to respect for life, but to focus on the quality of life. The challenge is based on the premise that all persons are worthy of respect and dignity and are called to perfection, because they are "a living image of God."
The challenge is to overcome our fears and create a society that values life and rescues people from sickness and death. Fear grips all who seek change. Fear itself is a sickness of both spiritual and physical dimensions. Physical cures may require faith in the remedy. But all healing requires faith in an All-powerful God. We will even overcome death, if we just have faith.
 
BIBLE STUDY 13TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR B 2015.pdf
 
 

KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON!
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Tuesday, June 16, 2015
 


KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON!

During the Second World War the British Ministry of Information developed several posters as morale boosters for Britons during the storm and uncertainty of war. One of the posters, with the words, “Keep Calm and Carry On” was designed to be issued upon the invasion of Britain by Germany. Of course, the invasion never happened and the posters were never issued.

As Christians, we know that as we face the storms and disappointments of life, God is in control of the storm. Our task is to get through it. With the peace of Christ that is beyond all understanding, we can, “Keep Calm and Carry On”.
 
BIBLE STUDY 12TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR B 2015.pdf
 
 

Let it Grow!
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Thursday, June 11, 2015
 

Let it Grow!

There is a Chinese proverb that says, “All the flowers of tomorrow are in the seeds of today.” Thomas à Kempis may have had this thought in mind in his celebrated work, The Imitation of Christ, when he wrote: “Learn to despise outward things and to give yourself to inward things, and you shall see the kingdom of God rise within you. For the kingdom of God is peace and joy in the Holy Spirit....” In other words, the seeds of the Kingdom of God are already placed in us. For them to grow, we must turn to the Holy Spirit who nurtures the seeds of peace and joy within us.
 
BIBLE STUDY 11TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR B 2015 (Autosaved).pdf
 
 

YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT!
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Tuesday, June 2, 2015
 


YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT!

This phrase, which may have evolved from European writers, was not meant to be taken literally. Rather it simply states that the food that we eat has a bearing on our state of mind and health. We are the sum total of what we consume. Nutritionists have marketed the phrase to encourage healthy lifestyles. However, some commentators suggest that the phrase is of a religious, rather than a dietary origin.
As Catholics we believe that at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass the bread and wine, through transubstantiation, becomes the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ. When we consume the Body and Blood of Christ, we are united with Him and His Holy Church. We are what we eat.
 
BIBLE STUDY SOLEMNITY OF THE BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST YEAR B.pdf
 
 

HE IS ALL YOU NEED TO SUCCEED.
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, May 25, 2015
 


HE IS ALL YOU NEED TO SUCCEED.

In baseball, the triple play in baseball is a beautiful sight. The grace of a triple play is that the work of three outs is done with one play. It is everything a team needs to successfully end the inning. God in the Holy Trinity is all we need to complete our earthly journey.

God creates paths in our lives and comes to us at different times, in different forms, to address a variety of needs. God in three persons, Blessed Trinity, reaches out to us as a strong parent, as a forgiving friend, a sustaining force. God is everything we need to succeed on our earthly journey. The Holy Trinity is the triple experience of God in one being.
 
BIBLE STUDY SOLEMNITY OF THE HOLY TRINITY YEAR B 2015.pdf
 
 

DO YOU NEED A MAKEOVER?
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, May 18, 2015
 


DO YOU NEED A MAKEOVER?


Life on earth is a fixed commodity. It is for a specific duration. So, it matters how we spend our time here on earth. What do you spend most of your time and energy thinking about? What captures your deepest thoughts? If there is anyone or anything that gets more of your attention than Jesus, you need a spiritual makeover.
This will require that you allow the Holy Spirit to form your attitude, words and behavior. A spiritual makeover will require an acknowledgement that Jesus is in everything you think, say and do. A spiritual makeover requires that you decide to live a life in the Holy Spirit of God.
 
BIBLE STUDY PENTECOST SUNDAY YEAR B 2015.pdf
 
 

HE IS STILL HERE!
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, May 11, 2015
 


HE IS STILL HERE!

Have you ever felt the presence of someone long after they have left? Sometimes when a person leaves a room we hear sounds like they are still present. The hymn, “In the Garden (I Come to the Garden Alone)” captures that sentiment with these words:
“I come to the garden alone, While the dew is still on the roses;
And the voice I hear, falling on my ear,
The Son of God discloses.
And He walks with me, and He talks with me,
And He tells me I am His own;
And the joy we share as we tarry there;
None other has ever known.”

These verses reflect the subtle ways God reveals His presence. Perhaps the disciples needed the assurance of the reality of the Divine Presence, as they watched Jesus ascend into Heaven. His departure was so sudden that they may have thought, “He is still here!”
 
BIBLE STUDY SOLEMNITY OF THE ASCENSION OF THE LORD YEAR B 2015.pdf
 
 

IT IS ALL ABOUT LOVE!
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, May 4, 2015
 

IT IS ALL ABOUT LOVE!

“Only love held Him there on the cross. Only love held Him there on the cross. He could have called ten thousand angels, To come to His rescue. Only love held Him there on the cross.” The lyrics from the song entitled, Only Love, by Patrick D. Bradley shows why our faith is all about Love.
As Jesus hung on Cavalry, he was lifted up from earth, in order to draw all men to Himself. It was love that held him on the cross. It was love that covered our sins. Our faith in Jesus Christ is all about His love for us and our love for each other.
 
BIBLE STUDY SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER 2015 YEAR B.pdf
 
 

DOES YOUR FAITH BEAR FRUIT?
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, April 27, 2015
 


DOES YOUR FAITH BEAR FRUIT?

Those who know wine making say that a great wine always is a reflection of a particular vineyard. To pick a good wine, you have to know its source. Likewise, a tree is known by its fruit. Jesus knows a something about wine since we see Him at the wedding feast at Cana (2:1-12). He knew just what type of wine to serve – the best.

The best wine comes from the “true vine,” Jesus Himself. He is the source of growth and fruit-bearing in a vineyard tended by the “Father,” the winemaker. The fruit from the True Vine comes from us – the Branches. Our fruit is nurtured by our faith in Jesus Christ. Does your faith bear fruit?
 
BIBLE STUDY 5TH SUNDAY OF EASTER YEAR B.pdf
 
 

WHAT IS YOUR LIFE WORTH?
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, April 20, 2015
 


WHAT IS YOUR LIFE WORTH?


In the summer of 1996 the Ku Klux Klan held a rally at City Hall in Ann Arbor, Michigan. They had a permit for the event and had advertized it in advance. About 300 demonstrators showed up to protest the Klan’s presence. One Klansman wearing a shirt bearing a Confederate flag was attacked by a swarm of demonstrators. An African American teenager named Keisha Thomas threw herself over the man, shielding him with her body from the blows, kicks and punches. When asked why would a black teenager risk injury to protect a white supremacist she replied, “He is still somebody’s child. I don’t want people to remember my name, but I’d like them to remember I did the right thing.” In a sense, she laid down her life in defense of a defenseless person. Her conduct shows what life is worth.
What is your life worth? Is it worth the life of another, is it worth the attention of the Good Shepherd.
 
 
 

When We Love Enough to Suffer…
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Wednesday, April 1, 2015
 


When We Love Enough to Suffer…

In the institution of the Holy Eucharist, Jesus offers to us His Body and Blood as evidence that the innocent suffer for the Glory of God. But it is not His suffering alone that is the focus of the Eucharist. It is the obedience to the will of the Father that He should suffer to call us back to our rightful relation with God. He suffered because He placed God’s law above man’s law. He suffered because He loved us enough to give up His life for ours.
 
BIBLE STUDY HOLY THURSDAY AND GOOD FRIDAY YEAR B.pdf
 
 

NOW IS THE TIME TO BE ALL YOU CAN BE
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, March 16, 2015
 




NOW IS THE TIME TO BE ALL YOU CAN BE
.

“You may write me down in history, with your bitter twisted lies. You may trod me in the very dirt.
But still, like dust, I will rise…” These words from the poem “Still I Rise” by Maya Angelou shouts
defiantly at indignity and answers oppression with joy, respect and humor. It is the testament of a
soul dedicated to be all that God created her/him to be.
God created us in His image. We are created for His purpose. Our task in life is to fulfill that purpose every day we live. To be the best we can be requires that we discard those things that hold us back. Each day must be one in which, in spite of everything we have been through, we still rise anew.
 
BIBLE STUDY 5TH SUNDAY IN LENT YEAR B.pdf
 
 

NOW IS THE TIME TO SEEK GOD’S. MERCY!
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, March 9, 2015
 




NOW IS THE TIME TO SEEK GOD’S. MERCY!

Where are the self-made people? Show me those who claim to have who succeeded without help and I will show you a person is the product of the good will of others and someone who bears the favor of countless unidentified individuals. Is it possible to succeed in this life without God’s grace and mercy? As St. Therese of the Child Jesus said, we should be happy to see ourselves imperfect and in need of God’s grace and mercy.
Grace is participation in the life of God. Through Baptism, Christians participate in the grace of Christ and are called adopted sons and daughters of Jesus Christ. Mercy is God being God. It is a demonstration of God’s love for us. The greatest act of grace and mercy was to give His only Son for our redemption from sin.
 
 
 

NOW IS THE TIME TO MEASURE UP!
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Sunday, March 1, 2015
 

NOW IS THE TIME TO MEASURE UP!

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” In these words, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. measures a person by resilience and determined faith.

The standard of measurement for all Christians is the Word of God and His Commandments. We are measured against the love of God for us and how we reflect that love towards others. During this Season of Lent, it is time to take a look within ourselves and see how we measure up.
 
 
 

NOW IS THE TIME TO PASS THE TEST
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, February 23, 2015
 

NOW IS THE TIME TO PASS THE TEST!

A trial or a test can be defined as enduring an adversity that proves our faith. As Christians, trials
test who we are before God. The Season of Lent can be a time of testing that reveals the depth of our faith and who we are before Him. As Christians, we could consider our tests and trials as joyful
experiences. The testing of our faith produces perseverance.
In times of trouble and testing, we share in the sufferings of Jesus Christ which should provide joy and comfort. After all, we have Christ Himself as the example of endurance, patience and triumph through testing.
 
BIBLE STUDY 2ND SUNDAY IN LENT YEAR B 2015.pdf
 
 

NOW IS THE TIME TO START OVER!
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, February 16, 2015
 


NOW IS THE TIME TO START OVER!

Did God mean for you to feel guilty all of your life? There comes a time when you should dry your tears, draw strength from repentance and join the people of God who struggle everyday to make Jesus present in the lives of others. This is building the Kingdom of God. It starts where you are, in whatever state you are in, with the desire to start over.
St. Clement of Rome is reported to have said that God does not wish the death of a sinner, but only his/her repentance. Even if our sins are as red as blood and our actions concealed in the darkest of night, God knows all of our offenses and stands ready to forgive us. Now is the time to start over.
 
BIBLE STUDY 1ST SUNDAY IN LENT YEAR B 2015.pdf
 
 

TIME FOR A CLEAN-UP
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, February 9, 2015
 

TIME FOR A CLEAN-UP!
It has been said that God dances with the outcast.This statement raises the question, who are the “outcasts” today and where is God dancing these days? "Outcasts" today are those who we have cast out. We cast out people who are different because of religion, race, culture, gender, political parties or ethnicity. We even make members of our own families “outcasts.” If God dances with the “outcasts,” we might be missing the divine dance.
It is time for a cleanup. It is time for us to consider how we view others in light of our own religious freedom.

 
BIBLE STUDY 6TH SUNDAY ORDINARY TIME YEAR B.pdf
 
 

BIBLE STUDY: JUST A TOUCH
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, February 2, 2015
 

JUST A TOUCH!


The human touch is powerful. It can encourage, sooth and cure. Henri Nouwen captures the purpose of Christian living, that is, to touch the wounds and share the pain of others in these words: “When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives means the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand.”

Our goal as Christians is to imitate the creative touch of God the Father, as we chart our way through life; to imitate the healing touch of Jesus the Christ as we meet those who are hurting; to imitate the invigorating touch of the Holy Spirit as we prepare for eternal life. It takes just a touch of
 
BIBLE STUDY 5TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR B.pdf
 
 

BIBLE STUDY; HE SAW THE BEST IN ME
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, January 26, 2015
 
HE SAW THE BEST IN ME.

A Gospel Song written by Marvin Sapp expresses the depth of God’s love for us. “He saw the best in me, When everyone else around, could only see the worst in me,…” The song goes on to say: “He is mine, I am His, it does not matter what I did. He only sees me for who I am.”
These words give us comfort in the knowledge that we are not condemned for who we are. The comfort comes from the fact that we are often condemned by people and we ourselves condemn others because of their race, gender, or their past transgressions. We have the authority of God, the Creator to see the best in all of His creations.
 
BIBLE STUDY 4TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR B.pdf
 
 

Bible Study::. THIS IS YOUR SEASON
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, January 19, 2015
 


THIS IS YOUR SEASON!

Accomplishing a goal is a natural inclination for humans. When we do succeed, we call it a time of fulfillment of our goal. The wisdom in the Book of Ecclesiastes tells us that there is an appointed time for everything and a time for every affair under heaven. There is a time to plant, a time to uproot, a time to give birth and a time to die (Ecc. 3:1-7). This means that God has a cause and a purpose for everything. He provides a purpose and opportunity where suddenly we meet the right person at the right time, or your health suddenly improves, and new opportunities are placed in our paths. There is a reason and a season for every period of our lives.
The readings for this Sunday speak of the season of discipleship. It is our time to choose to follow Christ more sincerely, more consistently and more prayerfully than ever before. This is your season to follow Him.
 
BIBLE STUDY 3RD SINDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR B.pdf
 
 

HEAR THE CALL! COUNT THE COST! NOW CHOOSE
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, January 12, 2015
 

Hear the Call! Count the Cost! Now Choose!

In a Portuguese town, the story is told about a dog named Petra. She leaves her home every Sunday morning at 5:00 AM and walks sixteen miles to a Roman Catholic Church. The dog takes her usual place in the church near the altar for Mass. The dog stands and sits as the worshipers do. Church attendance has grown as many people attend just to see the faithful dog; not our faithful God – but the faithful dog. People heard about the phenomenal dog, they counted the cost of seeing the spectacle, chose to drive the distance, and spend the time to see the faithfulness of a dog.
We have heard and seen the faithfulness of our God. The cost of following Him is a life dedicated to serving Him. How will you choose?
 
BIBLE STUDY 2D SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR B.pdf
 
 

Bible Study::. WHO’S YOUR DADDY? CAN YOU HEAR HIS VOICE?
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, January 5, 2015
 




WHO’S YOUR DADDY? CAN YOU HEAR HIS VOICE?

A Father or Dad can be described as someone who holds you when your cry, scolds you when you break the rules, shines with pride when you succeed and has faith in you when you fail. This is the image of the father that we identify with and whose voice we need to hear.
Because Jesus is the Son of God, He personify Israel who God also called His Son (Exod. 4:22, Hosea 11:1). Unfortunately Israel never lived up to its status. Yet, in the Gospel reading, God affirms the mission of Jesus before it begins and not as a result of any accomplishments. His perfection is substituted for Israel’s imperfection. Through His mission of salvation, all nations (second reading) have become the children (sons) of God. Only by maintaining our identity with God can we hear our Daddy’s voice to go, preach, and baptize others.
 
 
 

FOLLOW YOUR STAR!
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, December 29, 2014
 


FOLLOW YOUR STAR!

The story of the magi is unique to the Gospel of Matthew. The magi
are probably Persian astrologers from Mesopotamia who persistently followed their hope of finding “the newborn king of the Jews.” Their hope is represented by the unusual star that they followed.
They endured harsh traveling conditions and the deceitful plotting by Herod to achieve their goal.
In spite of our frequent encounters with the deceit and treachery of this world, we, like the magi, must persistently search for the Christ. When the light of Christ seems to grow dim under the glitz and glamour of the world, and when evil seems to stand in our way, we must trust that God will never abandon us to the darkness of evil. He will always lead us to the Light.
 
BIBLE STUDY FEAST OF THE EIPHANY AND SOLEMNITY OF THE MOTHER OF GOD.pdf
 
 

Bible Study:: I FOUND WHAT I WAS LOOKING FOR. I FOUND THE SAVIOR.
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, December 22, 2014
 

I FOUND WHAT I WAS LOOKING FOR. I FOUND THE SAVIOR.

During the Season of Advent we asked the question, “What are you looking for?” Are you looking for love? Are you looking for forgiveness? Are you looking for joy? Are you looking for God’s favor? On the celebration of the Nativity of our Lord, we can say as the shepherds, I found what I was looking for. The Lord is with us. I found Jesus.
 
BIBLE STUDY NATIVITY OF OUR LORD - HOLY FAMILY OF JESUS MARY AND JOSEPH YEAR B.pdf
 
 

WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FOR? ARE YOU LOOKING FOR GOD’S FAVOR?
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, December 15, 2014
 

WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FOR? ARE YOU LOOKING FOR GOD’S FAVOR?

Many of us crave approval, acceptance or special benefits. When we receive these gifts from God, we have found His favor. There is a close association between favor, grace, and mercy. Biblically, these concepts seem to be derived from one Hebrew word, and likewise, translated into Greek that also maintained the single word origin.
The favor that we receive from God is free. It depends on God’s pleasure and is extended in response to a righteous and prayerful life. The righteousness of Noah and Moses (Gen 6:8; Ex 33:12-13) allowed them to receive favor and honor from the Lord (Ps 84:11). When Moses blessed the twelve tribes, he referenced Joseph’s prosperity and fruitfulness as examples of God’s favor. (Deut 33:16). Gabriel told Mary (Lk 1:30) that she had "found favor with God" and would bear the Christ-child. When Christ was born, the angelic host announced to the shepherds that God would send "peace to men on whom His favor rests" (Lk 2:14). His birth shows that God’s favor rests on us.
 
BIBLE STUDY 4TH SUNDAY IN ADVENT YEAR B.pdf
 
 

What Are You Looking For? Are You Looking For Joy?
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Wednesday, December 10, 2014
 

What Are You Looking For? Are You Looking For Joy?

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta offers the following concerning joy: “Let anyone who comes to you go away feeling better and happier. Everyone should see goodness in your face, in your eyes, in your smile. Joy shows from the eyes. It appears when we speak and walk. It cannot be kept closed inside us. It reacts outside. Joy is very infectious.” The statement gives an example of a true witness for Christ. It expresses both the physical and spiritual joy of living a life in Jesus Christ. A joyous heart is more easily made perfect than one that is sad. Spreading the Gospel requires a clean and joyous attitude.

Pray About It!

Monday
Read Isaiah 61: 1-11. Speak a word of comfort to someone. Attend Mass and receive the Eucharist.
Tuesday
Read Luke 1:14. What can you do to make someone jump for joy?
Wednesday
Read Jn. 4:34. Tell someone what God had done in your life.
Thursday
Read 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18. Write down five reasons why you are happy.
Friday
Read John 1:6-8, 19-28. Spend ten minutes in meditation.
 
BIBLE STUDY 3RD SUNDAY IN ADVENT.pdf
 
 

WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FOR? ARE YOU LOOKING FOR FORGIVENESS?”
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, December 1, 2014
 


WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FOR? ARE YOU LOOKING FOR FORGIVENESS?”

“ Forgiveness is the remission of sins. For it is by this that what has been lost, and was found, is saved from being lost again.” These words from Saint Augustine of Hippo, reminds us of the infinite nature of God’s forgiveness and mercy. Acts of forgiveness should dominate our actions. The first step for those seeking forgiveness is repentance. Repentance is a turning away from sin, disobedience, or rebellion and a turning back to God (Matt 9:13; Luke 5:32).
In a more general sense, repentance means a change of mind (Gen 6:6-7), or a feeling of remorse or regret for past conduct (Matt 27:3). True repentance is a "Godly sorrow" for sin, an act of turning around and going in the opposite direction. This type of repentance leads to a fundamental change in a person's relationship to God.
 
BIBLE STUDY 2ND SUNDAY IN ADVENT YEAR B 2014-15.pdf
 
 

What are you looking for? Are you looking for love?
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, November 24, 2014
 

This is the first in a series of four Bible study sessions for the season of advent. The overall
theme is, “What are you looking for”? Each week a new object of waiting and searching will be
discussed. During the First Week of Advent, we embrace the sense of waiting and searching for that
most elusive of treasures, love.



What are you looking for? Are you looking for love?

Love is one of the most discussed and studied subject in the world. C. S. Lewis, in his work, Mere Christianity writes: “Do not waste your time bothering whether you 'love' your neighbor, act as if you do. As soon as we do this, we find one of the great secrets. When you are behaving as if you love someone, you will presently come to love him. If you injure someone you dislike, you will find yourself disliking him more. If you do him a good turn, you will find yourself disliking him less.”
The point is that to find love, we must give love. Love is a verb that requires action. To watch or be vigilant can be motivated by fear and anxiety, but it can also be motivated by love. As Christians, if we love God we will not be anxious but will watch and wait for Him by loving Him enough to love our neighbor.



 
BIBLE STUDY 1ST SUNDAY IN ADVENT 2014- 15 YEAR B.pdf
 
 

BIBLE STUDY SOLEMNITY OF CHRIST THE KING **** "I LIKE THE CHRIST IN YOU!"
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, November 17, 2014
 



“I Like the Christ in You!” The readings for the final Sunday of the church year direct our focus to Christ the King. Who is this King? He is the one who made us. He is the one who breathed His life in us. He is the one who impressed His image on each human being. He is the one who redeemed us from eternal destruction.
Christ the Creator and Deliverer is in every human being. For this reason, we are called to serve each other. When we serve others, we serve Him. For this reason we should say to each person we encounter, “I like the Christ in You.”
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BIBLE STUDY SOLMENITY CHRIST THE KING (Autosaved).pdf
 
 

BLESSED ARE THE RISK TAKERS!
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, November 10, 2014
 
BLESSED ARE THE RISK TAKERS!

The first three astronauts who walked in space, caught with their hands, a 4 1/2-ton satellite spinning out of control at the wrong altitude. What would make them risk everything to restore the proper altitude to the craft? While personal courage and training enabled them to risk everything to restore the craft to the proper altitude, there were also foot restraints that anchored them to the mother ship.
The life of a Christian is risky. Each day we must risk alienating ourselves from our family, friends, and the things of the world as we choose to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Like the astronauts, when things go wrong and our spiritual altitude needs correcting, we must risk everything or lose everything. We must take a space walk to correct the altitude of our spiritual lives. However, we should only take such risks with our feet planted firmly on the basics of our faith in Jesus Christ. Blessed are the risk takers.
 
BIBLE STUDY 31ST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR A 2014 (1).pdf
 
 

BIBLE STUDY *********RESPECT MY FATHER'S HOUSE
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, November 3, 2014
 


RESPECT MY FATHER’S HOUSE!


The word zeal has fallen into infrequent use in modern times. We use expressions like I am excited, or blown away. Zeal is passion, enthusiasm, eagerness or fanaticism for something, or someone. Zeal for something makes us sacrifice time, talent and treasure. Zeal makes us care for another so much that we give ourselves completely and tirelessly to the service of that person. This feast reminds us that we are called to have passion for Jesus, church, our faith, and ourselves as Body of Christ.
The Basilica of St. John Lateran is the Pope’s cathedral as Bishop of Rome. It was built on land donated by the Laterani family. Pope Sylvester I dedicated it on November 9, 324 A.D. as the “mother and head of all churches”. One could say that the donation of the property and its dedication is an example of zeal for God’s House.
 
BIBLE STUDY FEAST OF THE DEDICATION OF THE BASILICA OF ST JOHN LATERN.pdf
 
 

He Wants You Back!
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, October 27, 2014
 

He Wants You Back!

Death is one of the toughest areas for spirituality, yet it is also the most wonderful. It is through death that we fulfill our lives. When a friend or relative dies we often ask: How can someone, so filled with the spark of life, so suddenly be gone from us? Our first inclination is to say; No! Not now! I want you back here with me.
But our loving God, the Father and Creator of all, tells each of us that He wants us back with Him in all eternity. He made us like Himself to serve others who are also like Him. Now, He wants us back
 
BIBLE STUDY ALL SOULS - COMMEMORATION OF THE DEARLY DEPARTED YEAR A.pdf
 
 

IT IS ALL ABOUT LOVE * BIBLE STUDY 30TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, October 20, 2014
 

IT IS ALL ABOUT LOVE!

When asked, “What does love look like? St. Augustine of Hippo replied; “It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like.” In a sense, he gives us a vision of God, who is love.
It is only when we decide to love others as God loves us that we reflect God’s image and likeness. This is how we live a life that shines the light of God into a dark and depraved world. Our lives, as Christians, should be all about love.
 
BIBLE STUDY 30TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR A 2014.pdf
 
 

Give God What Is His!
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, October 13, 2014
 


Give God What Is His!

As citizens of a materialistic society, we sometimes get the impression that everything we acquire is ours. Yet, we know that God is the Creator of all things. We owe God our very existence. Sometimes our relationship with God places us in conflict with civil authority. A conscientious objection to war, police brutality, policy decisions on poverty, immigration and the environment are a few examples of such conflicts.
When these conflicts arise, do we decide to serve God, or do we serve the civil authorities? The answer is to give God what is His.
 
BIBLE STUDY 29TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR A 2014.pdf
 
 

BIBLE STUDY: * Save the Date! - Put on Your High Heel Sneakers!
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Sunday, October 5, 2014
 

Save the Date! - Put on Your High Heel Sneakers!

Weddings today cost tens of thousands of dollars. But there is a wedding trend that is becoming popular. Newlyweds sometimes ask that rather than receiving ten toasters and eight blenders, they request their guests to make a donation to a charity chosen by the bride and groom. One couple's wedding presents established a fund for the homeless, another couple arranged for all the food left over from their reception to go to a non-profit food distribution center.
This new tradition celebrates the beginning of a new relationship based on love and commitment with an act of love and commitment to others. It also gives us the image of what Jesus meant by the wedding garment in the parable of the Wedding Feast. Save the date because we don’t know the hour or the day. But don’t forget your good works, which is your wedding garment. We need it to attend the heavenly banquet.
 
BIBLE STUDY 28TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR A 2014.pdf
 
 

BIBLE STUDY * DON'T BITE THE HAND THAT FEEDS!
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, September 29, 2014
 


DON’T BITE THE HAND THAT FEEDS!

There is an ancient saying; “Don’t bite the hand that feeds you. It may come around and slap you on your head.” There is some truth to this saying in the sense that, in this world, violence begets violence. As evidence of this fact, we need only view the violence in our streets, the violent rhetoric used by politicians, the violence we use for entertainment, the violence against spouses, and the violence against the poor.
Violence is disobedience, or obstinacy to God’s law of love. Violence does not lead to life and most often leads to death. Jesus calls us to Himself, the “Vine of Life”. He feeds us with His peace. We should not bite the hand that feeds us.
 
BIBLE STUDY 27TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR A.pdf
 
 

IT’S TIME FOR A MAKEOVER!
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, September 22, 2014
 


IT’S TIME FOR A MAKEOVER!

The proliferation of reality television shows sparked a series of makeover programs. There are makeovers for your home. There were makeovers for your car. There are cosmetic makeovers in which the stars submit to some form of plastic surgery. There is even the show called the “Biggest Loser” in which contestants vie to see who can shed the most pounds during a period of time.

A makeover can be defined as an alteration, change, renovation or conversion. As we age and develop spiritually, we find that after our Baptism by Water and Spirit, we are moved to a deeper conversion and faith in Jesus Christ. As we change, our spiritual needs change to the point of needing a “spiritual makeover.” Is it time for a makeover?
 
 
 

Bible Study - IT’S NOT YOURS! IT LORD'S!
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, September 15, 2014
 


IT’S NOT YOURS! IT LORD'S!

“Grace is not part of consciousness; it is the amount of light in our souls, not knowledge nor reason.” These words of Pope Francis capture the essence of a definition of grace as a divine gift and not of our own creation. Often our tendency to determine our own destiny causes us to celebrate individual success without recognizing God’s grace as the source of the good fortune.
Likewise, and as though we have are in control of the universe, in difficult times we tend to blame others, and even ourselves as the cause of misfortune. True, we harm ourselves by our own free choice when we refuse God’s grace. But God’s grace is sufficient to for every circumstance. His grace is sufficient for success. His Grace is sufficient to overcome difficulties.
 
BIBLE STUDY 25TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR A 2014.pdf
 
 

BIBLE STUDY * JUDGED, CONDEMNED OR SAVED!
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, September 8, 2014
 


JUDGED, CONDEMNED OR SAVED!

As Christians, we use the words, condemned, judged and saved to express or relationship with God and our fellow human beings. We tend to give these words an exclusive meaning. We sometimes think that we cannot be judged and be saved, or condemned and be saved or saved and condemned. That is, because we cannot see as God sees.
The laws we create usually condemn the soul and pronounce sentence with little chance for redemption. But the result of the law of God is perfect. It condemns but forgives. That is, it condemns and saves. It convicts and reforms. It restores - more than abundantly - what it takes away. We are saved by the blood of Jesus Christ. The law of God is to keep us holy until we reach eternal life. If we keep the God’s law we are judged righteous and reach the salvation won for us. If we do not keep the Law of God we assure our own condemnation.
 
BIBLE STUDY FEAST OF THE EXULTATION OF THE HOLY CROSS YEAR A (1).pdf
 
 

PRAY! DON'T FIGHT!
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, September 1, 2014
 

Pray! Don’t Fight!

A Chinese Philosopher once said, “The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.” This may be the moment when we pray and invite God into the conflict. Most of us do not always feel connected to the people around us. In these days of ethnic, political, national and racial strife, we tend to focus on ourselves and our group. We prefer to stand firm on convictions rather than to seek solutions. Some choose to avoid conflict completely and remain silent in the midst of injustice.
As Christians, we are required to bring God’s peace into every act of disobedience to God’s law that we encounter.
 
BIBLE STUDY 23RD SUNDAY ORDINARY TIME 2014 YEAR A.pdf
 
 

BIBLE STUDY: DON’T BE AN OBSTACLE!
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, August 25, 2014
 

DON’T BE AN OBSTACLE!


The celebrated inventor Booker T. Washington once said, “Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome.” The ability to overcome obstacles is the real success story both in the natural and the spiritual life. To obtain eternal life, therefore, we must continue to remove every obstacle that would prevent us from becoming true followers of Jesus Christ.

Sometimes we are obstacles to ourselves, as well as to others. The material, sex driven world provides many obstacles. It encourages us to be obstacles to others. But the cost of discipleship is to remove those obstacles, take up our cross of self-denial and follow Jesus Christ.
 
BIBLE STUDY 22ND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR A 2014.pdf
 
 

BIBLE STUDY: YOU HAVE THE KEYS!
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, August 18, 2014
 


YOU HAVE THE KEYS!

St Augustine of Hippo said, "Among these [apostles], Peter alone almost everywhere deserved to represent the whole Church. Because of that representation of the Church, which only he bore, he deserved to hear 'I will give to you the keys of the kingdom of Heaven.'" ("Sermon 295," c. 411 A.D.) This sobering statement from Christian antiquity reminds us that those who were closer in time to the life of Christ on earth had a different insight into the mysteries of the Church than we do today. In his Letter 53, 412 A.D., St. Augustine lists the papal succession. He confesses that the Church of God was built on the Petrine rock.
As modern day Christians, it is good to meditate on the significance of the words “keys”, “loose”, and “bind”. Through the teaching and ministry of the Church we live the moral authority of Jesus Christ received in Baptism to live as priests and prophets in order to inherit His kingdom. You have the keys.
 
BIBLE STUDY 21st ND SUNDAY IN ORDIANRY TIME 2014 A.pdf
 
 

BIBLE STUDY FAITH OVERCOMES REJECTION!
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Saturday, August 16, 2014
 

FAITH OVERCOMES REJECTION!

What do we do when we lose a job, go through a divorce, get passed over for a promotion, denied insurance coverage, or admission into a school, or we face any other form of rejection or disappointment? The Book of Proverbs 3:5 tells us that we should trust in the Lord in all things and not trust our own understanding.
When rejected, we should remember to discard our discouragement and put our faith in God. Remember, a rejection by man is God’s protection of our future. God is protecting us from future harm and sorrow by placing us where He wants us to be. It is Faith in Him that overcomes human rejection.
 
BIBLE STUDY 20TH SUNDAY INORDINARY TIME YEAR A 2014.pdf
 
 

FAITH OVERCOMES REJECTION!
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Tuesday, August 12, 2014
 
FAITH OVERCOMES REJECTION!

Rejection can destroy a person. Statements such as: “No!”; “Sorry we have filled the position; “Your qualifications are not what we had in mind;” “I have decided that we should no longer see each other;” “I am leaving you, today!”; “It just didn’t work out!”; “Your fired!” – have wrecked many lives. But for the person of faith, these words can be a bugle call for stronger faith and a closer walk with Jesus. Many of us have a faith of convenience. We are faithful in good times. We are faithful as long as it is safe and does not involve criticism, risk, or rejection. But our response to rejection should be a deeper faith.
Rejection is just God’s way of telling us to trust and believe. Behind every “no” is a “yes” waiting to come out. Faith in Jesus Christ is the cure for rejection.
 
 
 

Come Out Of Your Comfort Zone!
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, August 4, 2014
 


Come Out Of Your Comfort Zone!


The comedian, Chis Rock, relates that comedians tend to find a comfort zone in their humor and do “lamer” or inept versions of themselves for the rest of their lives. The same can be said of Christians. Often, we begin with the first revelations that God gives us of Himself and His Mysteries. We find a level of comfort with these revelations and become satisfied to relax with them for life.
Consequently, we remain in a “comfort zone” and live a life blind to the fullness of God’s grace and the life He has in store for us. Our comfort zone, therefore, has made us spiritually blind. The cure for spiritual blindness is to come out of our comfort zones and trust that God will provide the ways, means and grace to accomplish His purpose.
 
 
 

Bible Study: Give What You Got!
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, July 28, 2014
 

Give What You Got!

"There are two ways to get enough. One is to continue to accumulate more and more. The other is to desire less.” These words of G. K. Chesterton suggest ways to survive this materialistic society. But when is enough, enough? How much do we really need before we can share what we have with others?
Chesterton’s observation suggests that if we want to share our possessions with others we can get more and share the excess. It also suggests that we can desire less and share what we already have. The underlying question is satisfaction. The world and all its pleasures offer us the false hope of satisfaction. True satisfaction comes from our giving what we have to God who returns it to us in abundance. So, give what you got!
 
 
 

Find Your Treasure.
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, July 21, 2014
 


Find Your Treasure.

People will go through anything to find treasure. It was reported that in 2005, certain bank robbers in Brazil were able to steal 67.5 million dollars from a Brazilian bank. It was the largest bank robbery in Brazilian history. They spent over three months underground digging a 28-inch-high tunnel that stretched 262 feet from a house that they rented near the bank. From there, they dug 13 feet below the vault floor. The tunnel was supported by wooden panels, a plastic sheeting lining and electric lighting. The confines were narrow and the conditions were harsh, not to mention the tons of soil and the endurance of three months of digging. They risked everything to steal their treasure.
What would you risk to for 67.5 million dollars? What would you risk to gain the Kingdom of Heaven?
 
BIBLE STUDY 17TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME.pdf
 
 

Growing Wheat or Killing Weeds!
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, July 14, 2014
 


Growing Wheat or Killing Weeds!


It is a good thing that God does not spend time killing the weeds – evil- in His Kingdom. He chooses to nourish the wheat instead. That is He considers all of us to be wheat - good, until we turn to weeds - evil.
The topic of discipleship is discussed by Jesus in the form of parables for a second consecutive Sunday. In doing so, Jesus gives His disciples hope so that they and we might imitate His kindness and justice (Wis. 12:19). The long form of the Gospel contains three parables. As disciples, we are constantly assessing our progress. We look for the “Blessed Assurance” that our conduct is acceptable to God. In the parables, Jesus gives us that “Blessed Assurance.” He assures that God’s wisdom and mercy allows for justice, even though evil exists alongside of good.
 
BIBLE STUDY 16TH SUDNAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR A 2014.pdf
 
 

From Roots to Reality!
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, July 7, 2014
 


From Roots to Reality!

Reality can be defined as something that must be dealt with in everyday life. A parable is a story that compares a Christian truth with events in everyday life. A parable is grounded in the basic or root experience of the listener, connects with the ritual of everyday life and shows the relationship between the Christian truth and the reality of human activity. This is why Jesus used parables to teach (vv. 10-17) about His ministry on earth.
As Christian, our goal is to nourish our Christian roots with the rituals of the sacraments so that we can have a personal relationship with God to apply to the reality of daily life. Our roots are the foundation of our faith. The rituals are the sacraments that are designed to develop our relationship with God that we apply to everyday life.
 
BIBLE STUDY 15th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR A 2014.pdf
 
 

TAKE A BREAK - TRY JESUS!
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, June 30, 2014
 

TAKE A BREAK - TRY JESUS!

Exhaustion can be fatal if left untreated. Complete exhaustion is a condition that causes an extreme decrease in energy. It generally stems from stress and various diseases, such as cancer. Complete exhaustion is often caused by mental stress rather than physical exertion. Mood swings and fatigue are also signs of exhaustion. Since the dominant cause of exhaustion is stress, relaxation exercises such as yoga and anger management are prescribed treatments. In other words, we should rest.
The same is true spiritually, when we become exhausted with the things of life, we should rest in prayer with the Peacemaker, Jesus the Christ. Take a break! Try Jesus.
 
BIBLE STUDY 14TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR A 2014.pdf
 
 

Who Are You? Who Do People Say You Are?
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, June 23, 2014
 



These two questions drive to the center of our identity as human beings and as Catholic Christians. The first question deals with our individual concept of self. The second deals with the way we project ourselves in the community. The way we project ourselves in the community is a reflection of our belief system. If we believe and live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the teachings of the Church our conduct will reflect those beliefs.

The Solemnity of the Feasts of Sts. Peter and Paul gives examples of two men of God who have shaped our Christian identity through the centuries. Who are these men? They are saints of God. Who do people say they are? They lived the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This is why we celebrate their ministries.
 
BIBLE STUDY SOLEMNITY OF STS. PETER AND PAUL.pdf
 
 

YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, June 16, 2014
 
YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT.

According to a recent study in the Journal of American Medicine obesity is common and costly. This means that as Americans we eat a lot of what is not good for us. More than one-third of U.S. adults (34.9%) are obese. The estimated annual medical costs of obesity in the U.S. was $147 billion in 2008 U.S. dollars; and the medical costs for people who are obese were $1,429 higher than those of normal weight. Non-Hispanic blacks have the highest age-adjusted rates of obesity (47.8%), followed by Hispanics (42.5%), non-Hispanic whites (32.6%), and non-Hispanic Asians (10.8%). We are what we eat and it is killing us.

If our spiritual life imitates our physical life, it is time to change and go on a diet of spiritual food. We need more of the Eucharist – the Body and Blood of Christ and the Word of God. He is food indeed.
 
BIBLE STUDY THE BODY AND BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST YEAR A 2014.pdf
 
 

IT’S ALL ABOUT LOVE.
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, June 9, 2014
 
IT’S ALL ABOUT LOVE.

St. Augustine, the great North African theologian, expressed the theology of the Holy Trinity in these few sentences: “…the Trinity is one true God and it is exactly true to say, believe and think that the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are of one single and the same substance or essence” (De Trin. I, 2, 4). Many often wonder what binds this “single and same substance or essence?” I suggest it is Love.
Who could love someone who calls on Him only when He is needed? Who could love someone who turns away from the love He gives them for personal pleasure and convenience? You know the answer, God. It is God the Father who loves, God the Son who redeems, God the Spirit who inspires and guides. The Holy Trinity is all about love.
 
BIBLE STUDY SOLEMNITY OF THE MOST HOLY TRINITY YEAR A 2014.pdf
 
 

POUR OUT YOUR HOLY SPIRIT!
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, June 2, 2014
 

POUR OUT YOUR HOLY SPIRIT!

The liturgical year of the church is rich in spiritual gifts, if we pay attention to it. This Easter Cycle closes with the feast of Pentecost. During Advent, we prepare for the coming of the Son of God to live with us. It is the love of God that we celebrate. During Lent, we focus on the sufferings of our Lord as a way to understand our own sufferings in the light of the triumph of Resurrection Sunday. Pentecost crowns the work of God in us as He gives us His Spirit to live His Gospel through the rest of the year.
This is but a small example of how the Holy Spirit is poured out on us through the sacraments and the liturgy of His Holy Church.
 
 
 

DON’T JUST STAND THERE, DO SOMETHING!
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, May 26, 2014
 
DON’T JUST STAND THERE, DO SOMETHING!

St. Pope John Paul II, in Redemptoris Missio, his 1990 encyclical announcing a New Evangelization said, “No believer in Christ, no institution of the Church, can avoid this supreme duty: to proclaim Christ to all peoples.” To be sure, evangelization is not something to do occasionally or even most of the time. It is something that we must do all of the time. It is the identity of the church. It is the purpose of the Church.
Faith is only worth having when we give it away. That is why we Christians who believe and have been baptized into the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ cannot wait for others to spread the Gospel. We must spread the gospel ourselves.
 
BIBLE STUDY ASCENSION OF YOUR LORD YEAR A.pdf
 
 

SHAME THE WORLD – SHOW SOME LOVE.
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, May 19, 2014
 

SHAME THE WORLD – SHOW SOME LOVE.

In a world that celebrates violence, it is difficult to be a person of peace. The Nobel Peace Prize and other awards are designed to encourage individuals to sacrifice for peace. Some of us live in cities known for violence. The United Sates has fought two wars for ten years in response to the violence inflicted on this country. The obsession with violence continues, as the claimed right to bear arms replaces the right to health care, public welfare and safety.

The Gospel of Jesus Christ calls us to love, forgive and care for each other. This cannot be accomplished at the point of or in the possession of a weapon of violence. Isn’t it time that we shame the world and show some love?
 
BIBLE STUDY 6TH SUNDAY OF EASTER YEAR A.pdf
 
 

DO AS I DO, NOT AS I SAY!
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, May 12, 2014
 

DO AS I DO, NOT AS I SAY!


A role model is a person whose behavior in a particular role is imitated by others. In some cases, imitating a person in a particular role requires taking on the same personality, conduct and the value system of the person who is imitated. It is the conduct that becomes important not the words. A similar adage is, “Actions speak louder than words.”
As Christians, our actions and our words must be the same. If we speak
the Word of God, we must live the Word of God. We cannot live by the motto, “Do as I do, not as I say.”
 
BIBLE STUDY 5TH SUNDAY OF EASTER 2014 YEAR A.pdf
 
 

WHO’S CALLING ME?
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, May 5, 2014
 


WHO’S CALLING ME?

Though we may not realize it, we are all called for a special mission by God, Himself. He has called us since our baptism to be holy, to live His Gospel of Truth and to live eternally with Him in heaven. Additionally, we are given special missions during our lives when we are doing ordinary things and when we least expect it. David, the youngest of many brothers, was tending sheep when summoned by Samuel. Abraham was minding his own business in Ur. Jeremiah was a shy and unwilling youth.
In other words, God calls us when we are running errands, doing the ordinary, thankless tasks of life. But how do we know that it is God who calls us? It is through the power of the Holy Spirit that we recognize that God calls each of us according to His purpose.
 
BIBLE STUDY 4TH SUNDAY OF EASTER YEAR A.pdf
 
 

JUST A LITTLE TALK WITH JESUS…
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, April 28, 2014
 

JUST A LITTLE TALK WITH JESUS…

“There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal ... But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub and exploit - immortal horrors or everlasting splendors ... Next to the Blessed Sacrament itself, your neighbor is the holiest object presented to your senses.” These are the words of C. S. Lewis from his work entitled, “The Weight of Glory and Other Addresses.” His perspective gives a talk with Jesus a different dimension. When we consider our neighbors as immortal and holy objects, every act on their behalf becomes a prayer, that is, a talk with Jesus.
 
BIBLE STUDY 3RD SUNDAY OF EASTER YEAR A 2014.pdf
 
 

Fear, Faith and Favor. Bible Study 2nd Sunday of Easter
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, April 21, 2014
 

Fear, Faith and Favor.

It has been said that faith without doubt is dead. But doubt without faith is death. As Christians, we believe in God the Father Almighty, the maker of heaven and earth. But if we say that we don’t have any doubts about God; our faith is dead or we are kidding ourselves or asleep. Doubts are the ants in the pants of faith.
Doubts keep us moving on a path to spiritual growth. A companion of doubt is fear. We fear what we don’t know or understand. Fear may spark a quest to seek wisdom and understanding. Since all knowledge comes from God, our fear and doubt can lead us directly to God’s blessed presence. This is how we move from fear to faith to favor.
 
BIBLE STUDY 2D SUNDAY OF EASTER 2014 A.pdf
 
 

A New Life, a New Beginning.
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Saturday, April 19, 2014
 
A New Life, a New Beginning.
The great gift of the Resurrection is a gift of hope - hope in Jesus Christ. It is the confidence that our past is forgiven. The resurrection gives us new confidence in God and His triumph over death with love and goodness. In the resurrection we have a new beginning.
We cannot help but see the recurring use of the word “new” when we speak of the resurrection. The New Testament is called “new” because it narrates the revelation of Jesus as Son of God that was only understood after His resurrection. The life, death and resurrection of Jesus gives us a new understanding of God, as He revealed Himself through His Son, Jesus the Christ. The New Testament consistently teaches hope in the resurrection of the believer, based upon the resurrection of Christ as the "firstborn from the dead" (1 Cor. 15:12-58; Col 1:18; 1 Thess. 4:14-18; 1 Peter 1:3-5).
The concept of the resurrection itself conveys the idea of newness. The resurrection is expressed in the New Testament through such imagery as a transformed body (Phil 3:21), a new dwelling (2 Cor. 5:2), and new clothing (2 Cor. 5:4; Rev. 6:11).
The images of Holy Week project a newness or renaissance of our spiritual life and renewed faith in our risen Savior. The triumphant entry of our Lord into Jerusalem, His institution of the Eucharist, His suffering and death on the cross, all point to His resurrection and a new life free from sin. If we maximized our Lenten experience, we should have gained a new life in Christ and a new beginning.
 
BIBLE STUDY EASTER SUNDAY YEAR A 2014.pdf
 
 

FROM VICTORY, TO DEFEAT, TO GLORY!
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, April 7, 2014
 

FROM VICTORY, TO DEFEAT, TO GLORY!

Often success and failure have the same effect on our relationship with God. When successful or victorious, we sometimes forget the source of that success. Yet, we know that all gifts come from God. In failure, we often blame God or others for our loss. We feel abandoned and even chose not to return to His mercy for comfort.
As Christians, we know that success and failure are opportunities for spiritual growth. We have the model of Jesus Christ, the Suffering Servant, to assure us that we go from victory over sin in our Baptism, through the defeats and successes of life, to the glory of our inheritance which is eternal life with the risen Lord.
 
BIBLE STUDY PALM SUNDAY 2014 YEAR A.pdf
 
 

WAKE ME UP
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Sunday, March 30, 2014
 
WAKE ME UP.

We can only rise after we have been knocked down. We can only go up if there is a space higher than where we are. Dreams must die before they are resurrected. So it is in the case of Lazarus in the gospel. Many of us live in the dark a long time. Even though we have been baptized into a life with Jesus Christ, we drift away, become lukewarm in our faith or reject our baptism completely. Some say that there can be no resurrection without a few days in hell.
The good news is that just as Lazarus was freed by Jesus from the stones of isolation, and the burial wrap of immobility, we too can be freed from our weak or tepid faith. All we have to do is ask Jesus to - WAKE ME UP!
 
 
 

LET ME SEE WHAT YOU SEE.
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, March 24, 2014
 

LET ME SEE WHAT YOU SEE.

We are blind to our blindness. Consider the two police officers in Hayward, California, who beat a blind man with their batons after mistaking his collapsible cane for an illegal martial arts weapon. The officers did not identify themselves, and the man fought back, thinking he was being mugged.
What do we really know? We are made in the image and likeness of God, who sees all, knows all and is all. Yet, we are limited by our own vision and don’t know how little we know. We walk by faith and not by sight. That is why we must see with the eyes of the faithful and constantly pray to see what God sees.
 
BIBLE STUDY 4TH SUNDAY IN LENT YEAR A 2014.pdf
 
 

LET ME TELL IT!
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, March 17, 2014
 
LET ME TELL IT!
The 2008 Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) study, "Sacraments Today: Belief and Practice Among U.S. Catholics . . . ," shows a pattern of beliefs, practices and attitudes of U.S. Catholics. According to the study, only 23% of U.S. Catholics regularly attend Mass once a week, while 77% self-identify as proud to be Catholic. These statistics point to the need for a “New Evangelization.” Such Evangelization calls each of us to deepen our faith, believe in the Gospel message and go forth to proclaim the Gospel. Put another way, we need to experience God within us and tell others about it. If others are hesitant to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ then we should shout, “Let me tell it!”
 
BIBLE STUDY THIRD SUNDAY IN LENT YEAR A 2014.pdf
 
 

DOES YOUR FAITH NEED A MAKEOVER?
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, March 10, 2014
 

DOES YOUR FAITH NEED A MAKEOVER?

Begin with a new hair cut, new clothes, and lose a little weight. Then add a different hairstyle, or makeup. Top it off with new outfits and presto, you have the ingredients for a complete makeover! Now this is a cosmetic change.
There is another complete makeover that absolutely changes our lives. It is the spiritual surgery that Jesus Christ performs when He transforms us from the death of sin, to life in Him. It is a makeover from faith in the world, to faith in Him. The fundamental elements of the makeover in faith in Jesus Christ are the spirit of forgiveness, love of neighbor and courage to live the gospel, even at the expense of physical harm. Does your faith need a makeover?
 
BIBLE STUDY 2ND SUNDAY IN LENT 2014 A.pdf
 
 

Let Me Praise You Honestly.
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, March 3, 2014
 
Let Me Praise You Honestly.

“Don’t come into the presence of God to impress Him with something He gave you!” These words of Rev. T. D. Jakes capture the theme of honest worship. This is the first in four Bible Study Lessons on how to strengthen your faith. The dominant theme during this Lenten Season is; “Lord, increase my faith.” This week the lesson focuses on honesty and sincerity in worship. Worship is our faith in God in motion. It is the response of the believer’s entire being which includes, the emotions, body, will, and mind. Honest worship is giving God all He has given us. As C. S. Lewis writes, “It is in the process of being worshiped that God communicates His presence to men.” This is why we worship God not to impress Him, but so that He can inhabit us.
 
BIBLE STUDY 1ST SUNDAY IN LENT 2014 YEAR A 2014.pdf
 
 

If You Love Him, Trust Him!
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, February 24, 2014
 
If You Love Him, Trust Him! “Trust is not a passive state of mind. It is a vigorous act of the soul by which we choose to lay hold on the promises of God and cling to them despite the adversity that at times seeks to overwhelm us.” These are the words of Jerry Bridges, the celebrated Christian writer from his book, Trust God: Even When Life Hurts. They capture the struggle to activate faith in God and trust in His word.
Most of us go through life claiming to love God with all our heart, mind and soul. Yet, we spend most of our waking hours actively preserving our wealth and possessions. On one hand, we seek God when we are in trouble and abandon Him during times of prosperity. The truth is, if we love Him we must trust Him in every circumstance.
 
BIBLE STUDY 8TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR A 2014.pdf
 
 

Bless More and Curse Less!
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, February 17, 2014
 

Bless More and Curse Less!

The instinctive response to personal harm is to retaliate or seek revenge. This can be dangerous today since we live in a world that seems to be turning less hospitable every day. We tend to curse or retaliate against those who harm us, ignore the harm we do, and intentionally do harm for our own gain. And sadly, in some cases, we do harm for our own pleasure and enjoyment. In a sense, we chose to curse or destroy our surroundings, rather than bless and revive what is around us.
Has no one taught us to live and do no harm? Yes, Jesus did. In the Sermon on the Mount which continues in the readings for this week, Jesus tells us that our world would be better if we, bless, and make holy what God has given us, by making Him the center of all relationships. We should bless more and curse less.
 
BIBLE STUDY 7TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR A 2014.pdf
 
 

YOU CAN DO BETTER!
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, February 10, 2014
 


YOU CAN DO BETTER!

We grow up with rules. There are rules for everything. Rules rule. Here are a few that may sound familiar:
Rules of the House: If you sleep on it-make it up. If you wear it-hang it up. If you drop it- pick it up. If you eat out of it- wash it. If you spill it-wipe it up. If you turn it on- turn it off. If you open it-close it. If you move it-put it back. If you like it-share it. If you receive it-give thanks for it. If you lost it-find it or replace it. If you broke it-repair it.
We should not be surprised to find rules in God’s world. In the Old Testament, God gave some rules. In the New Testament Jesus gave us the purpose behind the rules. He taught us that we can do better than keeping the rules. We can live the rules according to His purpose.
 
BIBLE STUDY 6TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR A 2014.pdf
 
 

SHOW ME WHAT YOU GOT!
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, February 3, 2014
 
SHOW ME WHAT YOU GOT!

Our spiritual character is tested daily by our life’s circumstances. It is almost as though the world seeks to deplete our love of God and love of neighbor. It seeks to dim the light of Christ in us and take away our “saltiness”. While removing salt from water is a good thing and makes water drinkable, Jesus tells that it's a really bad thing when it comes to His people.
This Sunday, in this excerpt from the “Sermon on the Mount,” Jesus tells what we have been called to do (vv. 13-16). This Sermon was probably not delivered on one occasion. According to some scholars, it is more likely that St. Matthew collected these sayings of Jesus that were made at different times and placed them into one complete unit. Jesus anchored His teachings with everyday images. Here the images of salt and light are used to demonstrate how a disciple should practice the standards of conduct given in the Beatitudes. We should be salt and light to the world. We must show the world what we got.

 
BIBLE STUDY 5TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR A 2014.pdf
 
 

Search Me Lord.
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Sunday, January 26, 2014
 

Search Me Lord.
“Revelation is the first step to holiness and consecration is the second. A day must come in our lives, as definite as the day of our conversion, when we give up all right to ourselves and submit to the absolute Lordship of Jesus Christ.” These are the words of Watchman Nee, a Chinese Christian author and church leader during the early 20th Century. He spent the last 20 years of his life in prison and was severely persecuted by the Communists in China. He describes the movement from Revelation to holiness and consecration as a natural progression to discipleship.
Jesus is revealed to us first in Baptism where we were anointed as priests - called to be holy; prophets – called to preach the word of God; and kings – those who will inherit the kingdom of heaven. Holiness requires a constant refinement with Jesus as the purifier who searches and cleans our innermost parts.
 
BIBLE STUDY PRESENTATION OF THE LORD YEAR A.pdf
 
 

BIBLE STUDY - SOMEBODY’S CALLIN’ MAH NAME!
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, January 20, 2014
 

SOMEBODY’S CALLIN’ MAH NAME!
The following words from the Negro Spiritual capture the theme of this week’s readings:

Hush, hush, somebody's callin' my name
Hush, hush, somebody's callin' my name
Hush, hush, somebody's callin' my name
Oh my Lord, oh my Lord, what shall I do?

These words describe the tension of hearing someone calling you and deciding
whether to respond. They describe the hesitancy that we all feel in following the calling of Jesus into new and unfamiliar places that test our faith. As Christians, we should always know what to do when Jesus calls us to serve others, follow Him.
 
BIBLE STUDY THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR A 2014.pdf
 
 

I KNOW WHO YOU ARE!
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Sunday, January 12, 2014
 

I KNOW WHO YOU ARE!

A facial a recognition system allows the automatic verification and identification of a person from a digital image, or video source. It compares facial features from the image from the image and a facial data base. If Jesus Christ appeared to you today, would you recognize Him? What characteristics would you look for to identify Him?
As Christians we are called to be followers of Christ. That means we must know who Jesus Christ is and we must be able to recognize Him in others. The character of the “Suffering Servant” and the “Lamb of God” is the character database to which we must compare ourselves and others so that we can recognize the Christ in them. John’s recognition of Jesus was based on his comparison of Jesus to the “Suffering Servant” and the “Lamb of God.” The Gospel requires us to the same.
 
I KNOW WHO YOU ARE BIBLE STUDY 2ND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR A 2014.pdf
 
 

PERFECT TIMING
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Tuesday, January 7, 2014
 



PERFECT TIMING

There is a time and a place for everything. As followers of Christ, we believe that all things are ordered according to God’s plan. During Advent we prayed and waited for Emmanuel- God to be with us. At Christmas, He did come to us. We saw His Star – His Holy Cross. Like the Magi, we adored him with our gifts, our prayers, our personal sacrifices and in the Holy Eucharist.
What a wonderful time. Now put away the tree, the garland and the electric lights. This is the perfect time to live with that God who dwells within us. We remember our Baptism as the Sacrament in which God comes to live within us. Literally, He, “pitches His tent”, that is dwells in us and we “pitch our tents”, that is dwell in Him. This is the perfect time to reflect on and live our Baptism.
 
BIBLE STUDY FEAST OF THE BAPTISM OF OUR LORD YEAR A 2014.pdf
 
 

HOW DO I FIND JESUS?
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Saturday, January 4, 2014
 

HOW DO I FIND JESUS?
An epiphany is a sudden leap of understanding through an ordinary occurrence. According to Richard Rhor, O.F.M., “An epiphany is a sudden appearance, a manifestation not of something necessarily new, but of something that was up to now avoidable. An epiphany is not an experience that we can create from within, but one that we can only be open to and receive from another.” We celebrate the sudden leap of understanding of Jesus as the Son of God and Savior of the world on the 12th day of Christmas (now in many countries on the second Sunday after Christmas) and we call it the Epiphany, or manifestation. In the early days of the church, the Feast of the Epiphany was a sort of marquee of the liturgical year on which the Church year and its major feasts were proclaimed and sung.

The Magi had an epiphany. An epiphany is not an experience that we can create from within, but one that we can only be open to and receive from another. God called the Magi in the midst of their occupations. The revelation of the brilliant star that graced the night sky caused an inner movement within the Magi that required them to follow the star and validate its meaning. They left their places of comfort, sought instruction from strangers, and they expected to be successful. They knew how to find Jesus.

If you looked for Jesus today, where would you find HIM?
 
BIBLE STUDY FEAST OF THE EPIPHANY OF OUR LORD YEAR A 2014.pdf
 
 

LET'S TELL EVERYONE
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Tuesday, December 24, 2013
 
LET’S TELL EVERYONE!

“The joy of the gospel fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus. Those who accept His offer of salvation are set free from sin, sorrow, inner emptiness and loneliness. With Christ, joy is constantly born anew.” These words are from the introductory paragraph of Pope Francis’ first apostolic exhortation, titled Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel). It is the joy of the good news that we have been redeemed by the blood of Jesus that compels us to tell everyone.
This Advent Season we prepared for the coming of Jesus with the theme of “Walk in the Light.” During each week, we walked in God’s light by keeping the Commandments, praying, receiving the sacraments, becoming witnesses to His Word, and by living a life of obedience to God’s will for us. Now we can now proclaim to the world that Christ is reborn in us. Now we can now proclaim to the world that Christ is
reborn in us.
 
BIBLE STUDY CHRISTMAS YEAR A 2013.pdf
 
 

WALK IN THE LIGHT - DO WHAT GOD TELLS YOU TO DO.
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Saturday, December 14, 2013
 

WALK IN THE LIGHT - DO WHAT GOD TELLS YOU TO DO.
God's commands are designed to guide us through life and lead us to Him. We will not obey Him, if we do not believe Him and trust Him. We cannot believe Him, if we do not love Him. We cannot love Him, unless we know Him. If we know him we will do what he tells us to do. This Sunday concludes the four weeks of preparation for the celebration of the birth of Christ at Christmas. We embrace the light of Christ in obedience to His will.
 
BIBLE STUDY 4TH SUNDAY IN ADVENT YEAR A 2013.pdf
 
 

Walk In the Light – Be a Witness Bible Study for the Third Sunday in Advent
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Saturday, December 7, 2013
 
Walk In the Light – Be a Witness

During this week in advent, we are asked to focus on our lives as witnesses to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This requires that we: 1) know what the Gospel teaches; 2) live in a way that reflects the teachings of the Gospel; and 3) share the message of Jesus Christ with others. The last one can be defined as the “Witness Principle”. Basically, the Witness Principle says this: You can't do it alone.
Throughout the Bible, God requires two witnesses to establish truth. Many holy men and women prepared the way for Jesus who was the first witness. The Church, Christ's body on earth through time, is the second witness. Jesus said in the last days He would send prophets, wise men and scribes to proclaim His coming kingdom (Matthew 23:34). This is our role; to be a witness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
 
BIBLE STUDY FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT TIME YEAR A 2013.pdf
 
 

WALK IN THE LIGHT - TELL THE TRUTH
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Saturday, November 30, 2013
 

Walk In the Light – Tell the truth.

“If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything,” says, Mark Twain, who was known for telling unbelievable stories. This statement, however, illustrates the freedom that comes from living in the fullness of God’s Truth. Not having to remember what we said last frees us to live in the truth of who we are as children of God.
During this Advent Season, the theme of “Walking in the Light” means keeping God’s Commandment to tell and live the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
 
BIBLE STUDY 2ND SUNDAY IN ADVENT YEAR A.pdf
 
 

WALK IN THE LIGHT - TELL THE TRUTH
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Saturday, November 30, 2013
 

Walk In the Light – Tell the Truth.


“If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything,” says, Mark Twain, who was known for telling unbelievable stories. This statement, however, illustrates the freedom that comes from living in the fullness of God’s Truth. Not having to remember what we said last frees us to live in the truth of who we are as children of God.
During this Advent Season, the theme of “Walking in the Light” means keeping God’s Commandment to tell and live the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
 
BIBLE STUDY 2ND SUNDAY IN ADVENT YEAR A.pdf
 
 

WALK IN THE LIGHT - PUT ON THE ARMOR OF GOD
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, November 25, 2013
 

WALK IN THE LIGHT - PUT ON THE ARMOR OF GOD

The Season of Advent gives us a chance to relive the ancient expectancy of the Messiah. It is by sharing this time of expectancy of the Messiah’s first coming that We prepare ourselves as we await His second coming. This year, the theme for the four Sundays in Advent is, “Walk in the Light.” The light, of course, is Jesus. The theme is to help us prepare to receive Christ through prayer, sacrifice and acts of generosity.
The theme comes from Isaiah 2:5; “O House of Jacob, come, and let us walk in the light of the Lord.” In this context, the “light of the Lord” refers to God’ moral standards by which He seeks to guide His people. It could be paraphrased as, “let’s obey the Lord’s commands.”

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ADVENT THEMES FOR YEAR A 2013 - 2014
THEME: WALK IN THE LIGHT

This Advent Season, the parish has adopted the theme “Walk in the Light”. The “Light” of course is Christ. Therefore, during this Holy Season, we prepare ourselves for the coming of Jesus, the Christ, at Christmas buy: increasing the time we spend in prayer and devotions; performing acts of charity and self-denial; and frequent reception of the sacraments. The following are the themes for each week during Advent. These themes give us guidance on how we can, “walk in the light of Christ,” during this time of preparation. The weekly themes are:
FIRST SUNDAY: WALK IN THE LIGHT – PUT ON THE ARMOR OF GOD
SECOND SUNDAY: WALK IN THE LIGHT - SPEAK THE TRUTH
THIRD SUNDAY: WALK IN THE LIGHT – BE A WITNESS
FOURTH SUNDAY: WALK IN THE LIGHT – DO WHAT GOD TELLS YOU TO DO - OBEY HIS COMMANDS.
 
BIBLE STUDY FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT TIME YEAR A 2013.pdf
 
 

Can You Carry Your King on a Cross?
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Wednesday, November 20, 2013
 


Can You Carry Your King on a Cross?

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. ...” These are the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail”. He could not remain comfortable in Atlanta and fight injustice. He had to ascend the cross of injustice before he could obtain the crown of freedom. He knew that his King, Jesus, died on a cross of injustice and humiliation for the salvation of all. Dr. King could carry his King on a cross.
 
BIBLE STUDY 34TH SUNDAY ORDINARY TIME YEAR C FEAST OF CHRIST THE KING.pdf
 
 

CALM DURING CHAOS
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Thursday, November 14, 2013
 
CALM DURING CHAOS.

The “British have a saying: “Keep Calm and Carry On!” The hymn, I Know My Redeemer Lives by Samuel Medley (1738-99), captures this same sentiment in a spiritual form. The words of the hymn seem to calm the troubled soul in chaotic times. The writer says:
I know that my Redeemer lives!
What comfort this sweet sentence gives!
He lives,
He lives, who once was dead;
He lives, my ever living head!
He lives to silence all my fears;
He lives to wipe away my tears;
He lives to calm my troubled heart;
He lives all blessings to impart.
This is the state of mind of a Christian who knows that God is in control. The way to remain calm during chaos is to show reverence and praise to the almighty and powerful God.
 
BIBLE STUDY 33RD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR C.pdf
 
 

IS THERE LIFE AFTER DEATH? - I SEE DEAD PEOPLE
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Saturday, November 9, 2013
 

Is there Life after Death? - I See Dead People!

In the movie, “The Sixth Sense - I See Dead People (1999)“starring Bruce Willis and Haley Joel Osment, the signature line, “I see dead people” is uttered by a frightened Joel Osment. He confides his dark secret to Bruce Willis and declares: “I see dead people. ... all the time. They don’t see each other. They see what they want to see. I see them all the time.”

As Christians, it might be said that we also see dead people. We see people who don’t see or care about the needs of others. They think that this earthly existence is all there is. For them, there is no life in Christ, no care for others, no Resurrection after death. They are dead to Christ. Yes, I too see dead people.
 
BIBLE STUDY 32ND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR C 2013.pdf
 
 

IS THERE LIFE AFTER DEATH? - I SEE DEAD PEOPLE!
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Wednesday, November 6, 2013
 

IS THERE LIFE AFTER DEATH? - I SEE DEAD PEOPLE!

In the movie, “The Sixth Sense - I See Dead People (1999)“starring Bruce Willis and Haley Joel Osment, the signature line, “I see dead people” is uttered by a frightened Joel Osment. He confides his dark secret to Bruce Willis and declares: “I see dead people. ... all the time. They don’t see each other. They see what they want to see. I see them all the time.”
As Christians, it might be said that we also see dead people. We see people who don’t see or care about the needs of others. They think that this earthly existence is all there is. For them, there is no life in Christ, no care for others, no Resurrection after death. They are dead to Christ. Yes, I too see dead people.
 
 
 

GOD DIDN'T MAKE ANY TRASH
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Thursday, October 31, 2013
 
God Didn't Make trash!

St Ignatius of Antioch of the first century is credited with this saying: “Where Christ is, there is the Church.” He did not say, where the church is, there is Christ. Christ is in the ghettos, housing developments, barrios, the prisons, suburbs and board rooms. He is with the hungry, thirsty, and rejected. He is with the victims of domestic violence, gang violence and war. He is with the homeless under the expressway. He is even with a tax collector in a sycamore tree. If we are looking for Him, these are the places we are most likely to find Him. God didn’t make any trash.
 
BIBLE STUDY 31ST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR C.pdf
 
 

Strong Enough To Look Up!
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Tuesday, October 22, 2013
 
Strong Enough To Look Up!

There is a common misunderstanding about strength and humility. Many of the Greek Philosophers despised humility because it exposed a weakness, inadequacy and a lack of dignity. Strength, on the other hand, is defined as mental and physical power. A humble person then is strong enough to look past his/her own being and realize the source of his/her strength and gifts.
A humble person focuses on God and others and less on himself. C. S. Lewis wrote, “As long as you are proud you cannot know God. A proud man is always looking down on things and people: and, of course, as long as you are looking down you cannot see something that is above you.” It takes strength to look up and see God above all things.
 
 
 

DON’T YOU STOP PRAYING!
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Wednesday, October 16, 2013
 
DON’T YOU STOP PRAYING!

DON’T YOU STOP PRAYING! Perhaps each of us at one time or another have considered giving up on seeing our prayers answered. Many of us have actually stopped praying completely, or perhaps quit praying for certain things because our prayers seemingly have not been answered. We quit praying because of discouragement and doubt. Some of us quit praying because we sometimes wonder if prayer really makes a difference. We think God will do what He wills anyway. So how do we keep praying when we feel like bailing out? The answer is simple. Just don’t stop praying.
 
BIBLE STUDY 29TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR C 2013.pdf
 
 

THE MAGNITUDE OF GRATITUDE!
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Wednesday, October 9, 2013
 

THE MAGNITUDE OF GRATITUDE!

The lifting of hands is a gesture of worship. Though it is not exclusively associated with charismatic and Pentecostal Christianity, it is a gesture of worship that is remains a fixture in the Catholic Charismatic Renewal Movement in the Church. Biblical precedent can be found in Psalms (63:4; 134:2) and 1 Tim 2:8.
Charismatic Christians raise their hands during periods of prayer, singing or corporate praise. The gesture is one of joy, exuberance, gratitude, devotion and surrender to God, the object of worship. The lifting of hands in worship is one way to show the magnitude of your gratitude.
 
 
 

WE DON'T NEED ANOTHER HERO!
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Wednesday, October 2, 2013
 
WE DON'T NEED ANOTHER HERO!
We Don’t Need Another Hero! Two decades ago, Tina Turner stirred the world with her signature song entitled, “We Don’t Need Another Hero” from the movie, “Beyond Thunderdome”.
These lyrics from that song may provide some insight to the Gospel for this Sunday. “So what do we do with our lives, we leave only a mark? Will our story shine like a light? Or end in the dark? Give it all or nothing. We don’t need another hero. We don`t need to know the way home, all we want is life beyond Thunderdome.” In the Gospel, Jesus tells us that we don’t need another hero; He has already come and redeemed us. All we need is to live by faith in His Holy Name, and we will have eternal life.
 
BIBLE STUDY 27TH SUDNAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR C 2013.pdf
 
 

CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Wednesday, September 25, 2013
 
CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?

During our life time we will have some regrets. Some will regret not letting themselves be happier, even though others tried to bring them happiness. Some will regret not having close friends. Others will regret not having expressed their feelings, even though they were given opportunities to do so. The number one regret discovered by Bronnie Ware, a hospice nurse and reported in The Guardian (February 1, 2012) was: “I wish I'd had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.”
The good news is that throughout our lives, God calls us to Himself and to be who He wants us to be. Scripture tells us that we are not our own person. We were purchased with a great price. God is calling you today. Do you hear Him now?
 
BIBLE STUDY 26TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR C.pdf
 
 

YOUR MONEY OR YOUR LIFE!
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Wednesday, September 18, 2013
 
YOUR MONEY OR YOUR LIFE!

Your Money, or Your Life! These words would strike fear in to the heart of anyone who heard them in the dark of night from someone who pressed a weapon into their ribs. The victim of such a crime must decide whether to fight, flee or give up their money. Similarly, as a disciple of Jesus Christ our faith calls us to live in such a way that our daily choices form patterns of behavior that move us toward God’s promise of life eternal. Each day we must choose between the wealth that the world offers and eternal life. We must choose between our money and eternal life.
 
BIBLE STUDY 25TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR C.pdf
 
 

ONE MORE CHANCE
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Wednesday, September 11, 2013
 

One More Chance!

“Teach me to feel another's woe, to hide the fault I see, that mercy I to others show, that mercy show to me.” These words of the English writer Alexander Pope seem to adequately describe a common human failing. We all want a second chance to erase the mistakes we have made. But often we refuse to give others the second chance we seek for ourselves. The words in the Lord’s Prayer; “…And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us…” remind us that our failings will be forgiven in proportion to forgiveness we show to others. It assures us that if we want a second chance, we must give a second chance.
 
BIBLE STUDY 24TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR C 2013.pdf
 
 

How Much Does It Cost?
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Wednesday, September 4, 2013
 
How Much Does It Cost?
Many of us belong to social clubs or carnival clubs. There is a cost of membership and participation requirements in order to remain an active member. To attend a club’s carnival ball could cost a bundle: dress, tux, limo, flowers, jewelry, manicure, pedicure, hair-do, photographs, pre-ball dinner, and a post-ball party. But this is chump-change compared to the cost of discipleship. Before we join a club we might ask about the cost. As Christians, is it ever appropriate to ask, “How much does it cost me to be a disciple of Jesus Christ?” The readings this Sunday ask us to evaluate the cost of discipleship.
 
BIBLE STUDY 23rd SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YAEAR C 2013.pdf
 
 

Who Are You Eating With
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Wednesday, August 28, 2013
 
Who Are You Eating With?

“Guilt by association” is the attribution of guilt, without proof, to individuals because of the people they associate with. They are guilty of being the same as their associates. Often we attend banquets out of social obligations to friends and to be seen with a certain group. We want the attributes of those we associate with. Banquets have been defined as: “an affair where you eat a lot of food you don't want before talking about something you don't understand to a crowd of people who don't want to hear you.”
As Christians, we strive to be guilty of association with Jesus the Christ. Therefore we must be mindful of our associations. We should always ask ourselves, “Who are you eating with?”
 
BIBLE STUDY 22ND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR C 2013.pdf
 
 

Are You Strong Enough?
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Wednesday, August 21, 2013
 
Are You Strong Enough?

The image of the narrow gate in the Gospel suggests difficulty squeezing by. The gate to salvation is narrow because it requires strength to persevere in spite of hardship and persecution. On the subject of strength, Dr. Martin Luther King wrote in his autobiography, “Throughout this struggle for racial justice I have constantly asked God to remove all bitterness from my heart and to give me the strength and courage to face any disaster that came my way. This constant prayer life and feeling of dependence on God have given me the feeling that I have divine companionship in the struggle. I know no other way to explain it. It is the fact that in the midst of external tension, God can give an inner peace.” He confirms that the gate to civil rights and equality was narrow because the road was difficult. It was by the grace of God that he had the strength to enter the narrow gate. It is by dependence on God that we find the strength to enter the narrow gate of salvation.
 
BIBLE STUDY 21ST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR C 2013.pdf
 
 

Is Your World on Fire?
 
Posted by. Tre Williams on Tuesday, August 13, 2013
 
Is Your World on Fire?

Is Your World on Fire? Listening to grand children can set your world on fire. I listened intently to my four year old granddaughter sing the words of pop artist Alicia Keys, “This Girl Is On Fire”. Over and over she sang, “This girl is on fire, This girl is on fire, She's walking on fire, This girl is on fire. As I listened to the melody and intensity in her voice, I thought, if that girl is on fire for Jesus Christ, we are all in a good place. But often preaching and living the Word of God brings about division. The world may not want to hear your words. Like Jesus and Jeremiah, we are called to set the world on fire with our life in Jesus Christ. Is Your World on Fire?
 
BIBLE STUDY 20TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR C 2013.pdf
 
 

WHO CAN YOU TRUST?
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Thursday, August 8, 2013
 
WHO CAN YOU TRUST?

"In God we trust" first appeared on U.S. coins in 1864 and has appeared on paper currency since 1957. Some secularists object to its use. Perhaps it is the chronic disappointments in life that make it difficult to trust in people, organizations, initiations and even governments. Who can you trust these days? Jesus says, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God and trust in Me” (Jn. 14:1).
 
BIBIE STUDY 19TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR C 20134.pdf
 
 

HOW MUCH IS ENOUGH?
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Thursday, August 1, 2013
 
HOW MUCH IS ENOUGH?
Is it true that the only thing we take with us at the end of life is what we have given away during our lifetime? The Church teaches us to share our possessions with others. The great letters of the popes sustain this doctrine. Here are some excerpts: “No person (or nation) may have a surplus if others do not have the basic necessities. (Rerum Novarum 19; Quadregesimo Anno 50-51, Mater et Magistra 119-121 & 157-165; Popularum Progressio 230) Thus, no one may appropriate surplus goods solely for his own private use when others lack the bare necessities for life.” (Popularum Progressio 23) “People are obliged to come to the relief of the poor and if a person is in extreme necessity he has the right to take from the riches of others what he needs.” (Gaudium et Spes 69). These teachings of the Church that are grounded in scripture tell us that when we have more what we need for our substance, we have enough.
 
BIBLE STUDY 17TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR C.pdf
 
 

HOW MUCH IS ENOUGH?
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Thursday, August 1, 2013
 

HOW MUCH IS ENOUGH?

Is it true that the only thing we take with us at the end of life is what we have given away during our lifetime? The Church teaches us to share our possessions with others. The great letters of the popes sustain this doctrine. Here are some excerpts: “No person (or nation) may have a surplus if others do not have the basic necessities. (Rerum Novarum 19; Quadregesimo Anno 50-51, Mater et Magistra 119-121 & 157-165; Popularum Progressio 230) Thus, no one may appropriate surplus goods solely for his own private use when others lack the bare necessities for life.” (Popularum Progressio 23) “People are obliged to come to the relief of the poor and if a person is in extreme necessity he has the right to take from the riches of others what he needs.” (Gaudium et Spes 69). These teachings of the Church that are grounded in scripture tell us that when we have more what we need for our substance, we have enough.
 
 
 

PRAY UNTIL SOMETHING HAPENS
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Thursday, July 25, 2013
 
PRAY UNTIL SOMETHING HAPPENS
Pray Until Something Happens. Prayer is not a device like a remote control to make things happen. Instead, it's a tool to give up control to the remarkable purposes of God. Prayer is not a magic spell in which we chant or pray and get whatever we want. If so, many of us would have won the lottery by now.
Prayer is seeking God’s presence and what God wants for us. Prayer not only leads to a greater knowledge of God and His desire for us, but it also gives us His Holy Spirit. That is why we must P U S H prayers to heaven. That is, we must, “pray until something happens”. We know we have PUSHED when we receive the Holy Spirit and when we know God’s will for us.
 
BIBLE STUDY 17TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR C 2013.pdf
 
 

KEEP YOUR BALANCE
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Thursday, July 18, 2013
 

Keep Your Balance.
The great spiritualist Thomas Merton wrote, “Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony.” Balance can be defined as poise, stability or steadiness. In the readings this Sunday, the Church continues Her instruction on discipleship. Love of neighbor, as a quality of discipleship, was the theme from last Sunday’s Gospel. This Sunday, the Church raises the question of proportionality. How much love is enough?
Our daily lives are filled with the stress of balancing work with prayer, and balancing family with matters of faith. Can our devotion to Jesus cause us to neglect our family? Can our devotion to family and career cause us to neglect our faith? The answer is to find the proper balance on the “Cross of Christ”.
 
BIBLE STUDY 16TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR C 2013.pdf
 
 

Love or Law, Which do you follow?
 
Posted by. Tre Williams on Tuesday, July 9, 2013
 
Love or Law, Which do you follow?
In his celebrated book “Strength to Love”, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. comments as follows: “We see men as Jews or Gentiles, Catholics or Protestants, Chinese or Americans, Negros or white. The good neighbor looks beyond the external accidents and discerns those inner qualities that make all men human and, therefore brothers.
This is a fitting statement on the status of the law in light of the United States Supreme Court’s decision regarding the Voting Rights Act. The Gospel reminds us that we must learn to love, because man made law is commonly flawed.
 
BIBLE STUDY 15TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR C 2013.pdf
 
 

YOU GOT THE POWER!
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Wednesday, July 3, 2013
 
YOU GOT THE POWER! The word power has many meanings. It means authority over someone or something. It means control over yourself and your environment. It can even mean supremacy over another or a thing that allows one to rule and direct others. Finally, it means dominance and the ability to push around or influence others. As Christians, we know that God is the source and strength of our lives. If we give Him control and authority over our lives, we are more than conquers. We are at peace with Him.
The readings this week merge the concepts of power and joy as characteristics of discipleship. As followers of Jesus, we know that our power and joy come from Him.
 
BIBLE STUDY 14TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR C 2013.pdf
 
 

What's Your Excuse? - Bible Study, June 30th
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Wednesday, June 26, 2013
 
WHAT’S YOUR EXCUSE? Some of the most frequently used excuses for not doing homework are: “My dog ate my homework!” “Homework? I don’t remember getting any homework?” “Ahh, I thought it was in my bag, but it looks like I’ve left it at home by accident!” “My computer crashed and I didn’t save my work/my printer stopped working!”
We find excuses to justify our failures or inability to perform according to a standard. In Baptism, we are called to follow Jesus Christ no matter the cost. Many of us find excuses not to follow Him. What’s your excuse?
 
BIBLE STUDY 13TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR C.pdf
 
 

SAVE YOUR LIFE, LOSE YOUR SOUL.
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Wednesday, June 19, 2013
 
SAVE YOUR LIFE, LOSE YOUR SOUL.
A Magic Wand, the Fairy Godmother, Genie in a Lamp — everyone wants a painless way out. We want an Easy Button out of hard times and difficulties. The ad campaign for Staples has won industry awards for its creative spots containing The Easy Button. It’s a cherry-red, plastic, dome-shaped button with the word “easy” emblazoned across the top. The Commercial is designed to convince the audience that just by hitting the button, all of their office product and supply needs will be solved at Staples. The notion is confirmed with the words, “That was Easy.”
But faith means walking through suffering, not around it. There was no easy button on Calvary. Save your life, lose your soul.
 
BIBLE STUDY 12TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR C.pdf
 
 

FORGIVE AND LIVE
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Wednesday, June 12, 2013
 

FORGIVE AND LIVE!
On June 11, 1963, then Governor George Wallace defied federal mandates and personally stood in the door way of the University of Alabama to bar the admission of Vivian Malone and James A. Hood, because of their race, African American. His mantra was: “Segregation now; Segregation today; and Segregation tomorrow.

Later in his life, he called both Vivian Malone and James A. Hood and asked to meet with them. They both agreed. According to Peggy Wallace, the governor’s daughter, Gov. Wallace apologized for his conduct. As a sign of forgiveness, Vivian Malone tearfully held his hand. The actions of the past were forgiven. Both chose to forgive and live.

Forgiveness is a central theme in this Sunday’s reading. There are two aspects of forgiveness: seeking and giving forgiveness. FORGIVE AND LIVE!
 
BIBLE STUDY 11TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR C.pdf
 
 

“It ain’t over until God says it’s over”,
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Wednesday, June 5, 2013
 



“It ain’t over until God says it’s over”, is the title of a contemporary Christian song of by Maurette Brown Clark.” The first verse gives these encouraging words:

“I know the odds are stacked against you,
And it seems there's no way out,
I know the issue seems unchangeable,
And that there's no reason to shout,
But the impossible is God's chance,
To work a miracle, a miracle,
So just know, It ain’t over until God says it’s over.”

The readings this Sunday remind us of the power of God’s presence in our lives. God constantly acts to bring us new life. It ain’t over until God says it is over.
 
BIBLE STUDY TENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME.pdf
 
 

The Body and Blood of Christ
 
Posted by. Terrel Broussard on Wednesday, May 29, 2013
 
The Body and Blood of Christ
Give What You Got! "The best way to give is to give much, often and anonymously. Don't speak about your giving, and don't think when you give. Just give, both with your means and with your heart. And give spontaneously. Real charity can happen at any moment in life.” So says Michel Roux, in his article entitled, "Giving Back," as it appeared in the December 1999 issue of Fast Company. He says give what you got quickly, regularly, anonymously and spontaneously. The readings on the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi) are focused on the supreme gift that Jesus Christ gave to us – Himself.
 
BIBLE STUDY SOLEMNITY OF THE MOST HOLY BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST.pdf
 
 

He Will Take You There
 
Posted by. Terrel Broussard on Wednesday, May 22, 2013
 
He will take you there. In his letter to the Romans St. Paul tells us in that: “The love of God has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit.” (v.5) The love of God that the Spirit pours into us is the Logos, the Word, the Son of God. God, who is love and truth, pours Himself into us by His Spirit. He will take you to His place of Truth. If we are tired of the lies and distressed that comes with the mess of this world, the Holy and Triune God will take us to a place where there are no smiling faces lying to the races; where death is conquered and every tear is wiped away. He will take us to Himself.
 
BIBLE STUDY SOLEMNITY OF THE MOST HOLY TRINITY.pdf
 
 

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me.
 
Posted by. Terrel Broussard on Tuesday, May 14, 2013
 
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me. Comedians Dan Akroyd and the late John Belushi teamed up to create some of the most memorable wacky characters. In the movie “Blues Brothers”, Jake and Elwood validated their schemes by stating: “We are on a mission from God.” In a sense, they were right. If we preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ, proclaim His goodness to the poor, help those who are downtrodden, and free those who are held captive by sin, we are on a mission from God. (Lk. 14:18)The Spirit of the Lord is upon us.
 
BIBLE STUDY SOLEMNITY OF PENTECOST YEAR C 2013.pdf
 
 

Bible Study Solemnity of the Lord Year C
 
Posted by. Terrel Broussard on Thursday, May 9, 2013
 
Can I get a witness? A witness is someone who gives evidence, usually in the form of testimony, to prove the truth of a fact. Scripture shows that through history, God has called others to become witnesses of His glory. (Acts 14:17). For example, witness to Christ was given by: the prophets (Acts 10:43), John the Baptist (John 1:7), God the Father (John 5:37; 8:18), the works of Christ (John 5:36; 10:37-38), and Christ Himself (John 8:18). The Ascension of our Lord reminds us of our calling to testify to the world that Jesus Christ is Lord.
 
BIBLE STUDY ASCENSION OF THE LORD YEAR C 2013.pdf
 
 

CAN I GET A WITNESS
 
Posted by. Terrel Broussard on Wednesday, May 8, 2013
 
Can I get a witness? These words from a preacher or homilists seek to get the congregation to validate the truth of his sermon or homily. The Ascension of our Lord validates His life on earth as: "the seed of the woman" (Gen 3:15), "the seed of Abraham" (Gen 22:18), the "Prophet like Moses" (Deut 18:15), "the priest according the order of Melchizedek" (Ps 110:4), "the rod out of the stem of Jesse" (Isa 11:1,10), "Immanuel, the virgin's Son” (Isa 7:14), "the branch of Jehovah" (Isa 4:2), and "the messenger of the covenant" (Mal 3:1). Like the disciples, His Ascension to heaven calls us to witness that Jesus Christ is: Jesus the Great Deliverer, the Anointed One, the Savior of men.
 
 
 

"Coming to a heart near you" Bible Study Sixth Sunday after Easter
 
Posted by. Tré Williams on Friday, May 3, 2013
 
“…Coming to a heart near you.” Several years ago movies were promoted with these words, “… coming to a theater near you.” Of course you could not see the movie at a nearby theater, unless you obeyed the protocol of buying a ticket and obeying the seating arrangements in the theater to get the full benefit of the movie. The Gospel reading tells us that God will come to live in us if we keep His word. He is coming to our hearts and hearts near and far as long as we keep His Word.

-Deacon Terrel
 
BIBLE STUDY SIXTH SUNDAY AFTER EASTER YEAR C 2013.pdf
 
 

Bible Study - Fifth Sunday after Easter Year C
 
Posted by. Tré Williams on Sunday, April 28, 2013
 
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