Not the Lent I Imagined

By Claire Ashworth / March 24, 2020 /

I see it as no coincidence that this trying time for Catholics is happening during the Lenten season. “Quarantine” comes from the Italian word “quarantena,” meaning “forty days.”  No social gatherings, no school, no work, no Mass. I don’t know about you, but these were not things I intended on giving up for Lent. But…

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A Divine Encounter

By Cowboy Catholics / May 13, 2021 /

It is no secret my journey in faith has not been an easy one. After pretty much leaving the faith, I was left searching the world and never found fulfillment. Each time I thought I found happiness, I was left more disappointed than the last time. I was running out of options and did not…

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Easter Cross

We are an Easter People

By Cowboy Catholics / April 3, 2021 /

I often imagine myself in Mary Magdalene’s position being the first one to find the empty tomb. After witnessing her best friend carry his cross, hearing the last words he spoke, and seeing him breathe his last breath, his body is nowhere to be found. I can feel how scared she must have been. I…

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Just the way I am

By Cowboy Catholics / March 18, 2021 /

Reflection from Awakening #74 Being a former athlete and transfer student from Nicholls, I was worried I would not be able to find a group of people or place where I would fit right in. It was scary. I was terrified. I had always heard how amazing Awakening was and always had the desire to…

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Creativity in Prayer

By Cowboy Catholics / March 10, 2021 /

As of now I am standing on at the tip of an Ark, a large wooden one, as it plunges through the rough waves of a deep blue ocean somewhere far off, and I’m the only one on there. I am not afraid to be there. The day is bright and a gentle. A dove…

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The Lent That Changed my Life

By Cowboy Catholics / February 17, 2021 /

My senior year of college, I wanted to do something for Lent that would make a difference in my life. I had reached a low point and needed a spiritual lifeline. Through a miraculous turn of events, I stumbled upon a Buzzfeed quiz on Facebook titled “What to Give up for Lent.” Now for those…

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5 Things You Need to Know About St. Joe

By Cowboy Catholics / January 28, 2021 /

St. Joseph is the ultimate dad. I tend to think about St. Joseph mostly around Christmas time. He catches my eye in the nativity sets as he stands in the stable with all the figure animals surrounding him, gazing at the newborn Jesus. In the readings at Mass, I am reminded of the courage it…

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Providing the Perfect Conditions for Growth

By Cowboy Catholics / January 20, 2021 /

Dear Brothers and Sisters, We are happy to welcome the McNeese students back after the holiday season. The spring is a time of renewal, and as we enter into the Spring 2021 semester, we are welcoming fresh opportunities and growth for our ministry. As the McNeese campus begins to open back up after being repaired…

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It is Well- Redemptive Suffering

By Cowboy Catholics / October 26, 2020 /

A few weeks ago, I went to lunch with a priest who is a very good friend of mine. We went to Crying Eagle to talk about life & catch up. We sat outside because it felt good; Lake Charles had a cold front (yes, anything under 85 degrees is a cold front in Louisiana).…

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It is Well- Freedom in Suffering

By Cowboy Catholics / October 13, 2020 /

I serve a providential God, don’t I? Do I? Jesus, these days have been strange. It’s my first time to ever fear for my most basic needs. How can joy and sorrow fit so hand-in-hand? I feel you everywhere, yet nowhere all at once. I feel abandoned, yet providentially provided for.  Recently I have felt…

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Introducing Fr. Paul Jussen

By Cowboy Catholics / July 14, 2020 /

My Dear Brothers and Sisters,  By God’s will and providence I have been appointed by Bishop Glen John Provost of the Diocese of Lake Charles, to be the pastor and chaplain at Our Lady of Good Counsel.  I am looking forward to serving the McNeese community and Our Lady of Good Counsel in this role.  …

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