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It is Well- Redemptive Suffering

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)….

It is Well- Freedom in Suffering

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…

Introducing Fr. Paul Jussen

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.  …

Gradual Reopening of Mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel

Dear OLGC and Cowboy Catholic Family, Beginning May 1, 2020, we are reopening public Masses limited to ten persons per Mass. You all remain dispensed from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays. You are not required to be at Mass at all during this time, but we do want to make it available for…

I like your shirt; do you want to get married?

Emotional chastity is a term that I only really started hearing about 6-7 years ago. Since then I’ve listened to lots of people talk about it from stages, on the airwaves, and in group settings; but it seems as if nobody is really saying the same things. What I do find is that so many…

Not the Lent I Imagined

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…

COVID-19 Response

Letter from our Pastor Dear Cowboy Catholics, Parishioners, Ministry Partners and Friends, During the most difficult times in human history, the Catholic Church has always been present, offering the mercy and love of Jesus Christ, and offering a powerful spiritual remedy against famine, war, storm, and pestilence. These are days when we can see great…