A Louisiana Saint For this Sunday to meditate on St Charlene Richard- The little Cajun Saint
We have some postings today don't worry. I shall be posting on the Louisiana races as well as post and put up some commentary on a important Wall Street Journal article that appeared over the weekend and much more. Right now I am still trying to get this Technorati thing to work. Perhaps I shall pray to St Richard for assistance
However, I thought I would take the time to talk about a special person this weekend. On August 11th many people and especially Cajuns celebrated a sort of unofficial Feast day of one of our Saints from Louisiana. She is not offical yet by the Vatican but I as well as many others believe in her. Now Saints of course are often misunderstood. We Catholics don't pray to them as Deities but ask them to pray for us. If you are having or no people that are having problems with Cancer maybe consider asking her to have a talk to our Lord about the matter
Anyway, I have been thinking about trying to do some daily Catholic focus on here. I ran across this delightful Louisiana Blogger and hope to reference him every day he post as to the Saint of the day. In fact she is going on my blogroll tonight
So let me introduce St Charlene Richard. The blogger from I think Eunice states:
Today is also the feast day of Charlene Richard (died 1959 at the age of 12 from leukemia), who is recognized in Cajun Louisiana as being a Saint, even if the Vatican is slow to recognize her as such. I credit her with my full recovery from colon cancer in 2001.(note her last name is not pronounce like "Richard" as in in Richard Simmons but like RE-SHARD)
This blogger went to the Mass at the Graveside last week she said:
At 5 we left for Richard, Louisiana to go to the Charlene Richard Memorial Mass. When I put on my mantilla (which isn’t long, just down to my shoulder) I felt like I had stepped back 40 years, back when all women had to wear lace thingies on their heads in church, and Mom was the person keeping lace thingies on the heads of Liz Ellen and me for church. Mom probably took an extra spin at me voluntarily putting on a lace thingie for Mass. (I keep my Mom spinning in her grave on a regular basis; she could probably power a small town if we hooked up a turbine to her.) The Mass for Charlene was very good; the last decade of the Rosary was said in French.
Prayer for Charlene’s Intercession
Charlene, when you were only twelve years old, you showed heroic faith, hope,
and love; dying of leukemia, you joined yourself to Jesus on His Cross and
offered your intense pain for others. You thereby echoed St. Paul’s words to his
people in Colossians 1, 24: “Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and
in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ on behalf
of His Body, the Church.
Charlene, I believe you are with God. Please ask our Heavenly Father, His only
Begotten Son, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit to grant me the following favor:
(mention favor sought)
Charlene, thank you for helping me. May Jesus Christ always be praised. May Mary, Jesus’ Ever-Virgin Mother, always be called blessed.
Much more on her here also with prayers, pics and history.