Articles by Al Mansfield
“Let us now praise famous men, and our fathers in their generations” (Sirach 44:1).
The three men that I am writing about would all laugh at being called “famous” or “great,” but indeed they were, each in his own way. I am referring to Fr. Harold Cohen, SJ,
Fr. Emile Lafranz and Msgr. Robert Guste. I am singling them out because of their reputation as spiritual leaders in the Archdiocese of New Orleans and beyond, for their impact on the Catholic Charismatic Renewal, and for my personal relationship with them and their influence on my life and the lives of countless others.
Calvin Coolidge, our 30th President, had the reputation for being a man of few words. His nickname was “Silent Cal.” He was also known to have a dry sense of humor. There is a story that he went to church one Sunday while his wife, who wasn’t feeling well, stayed home.
I remember Fr. Harold Cohen sitting down next to me at a Day of Renewal in the Science Complex Building at Loyola University. It was August 2, 1970 – fifty years ago this month. He told me that he had been advised to form a Pastoral Team and he wanted me to be on it. I asked him, “Do you think this is God’s will?” Fr. Cohen said, “Yes, I think so.” At that time I made a commitment to work together with him for the kingdom of God and the spread of the gospel – a commitment which lasted until the Lord called him home on January 16, 2001.
By God’s grace and mercy we have the victory in spiritual warfare. But when and where did the war start?
When you study any war in history, it’s important to identify when and where it started. So it is with spiritual warfare. The answer may surprise you –
How often did I hear those words from my Dad when I was growing up! My Dad was a tough shipyard worker, a welder. He practiced his Catholic faith devoutly, but not in a showy or pushy way. He didn’t go around...
This invocation from the Litany of St. Benedict has always had a special attraction and meaning for me...but especially now, in the times that we are living through. As we celebrate his feast day on July 11, we realize the need for his help...
Lately I’ve been thinking about an old movie, “The Bridge on the River Kwai.” (Anyone remember its catchy theme, “The Colonel Bogey March”?) The movie is about some British POWs in World War II who were forced by their Japanese captors to construct a railway bridge to transport supplies.
“The strong will beat the weak, but the smart will beat the strong.”
That’s one of my memories from the time I taught at the old Redemptorist High School in the Irish Channel of New Orleans in 1972-73. I used to hear Skeeter Theard, the Rams’ legendary baseball coach, say that a lot. He attributed the quote to a character played by Jimmy Cagney in a movie from the 1930s. Many days at lunch Coach Theard would launch into one of his stories, usually about baseball, and wind it up with the “moral”: “Well, like Jimmy Cagney said, ‘The strong will beat the weak, but the smart will beat the strong.’” I couldn’t always relate it exactly to his story, but I did remember the saying. And I was rather surprised when I found the same thought in Scripture: “A wise man is more powerful than a strong man, and a man of knowledge than a man of might” (Proverbs 24:5). And Ecclesiastes 9:16 says, “Wisdom is better than might.”
Psalm 91 is your weapon. It has traditionally been regarded as a powerful prayer for God’s protection against the Evil One and all manner of evil. It is also prophetic for the times we’re living in now. One of the striking things about this psalm...
The Spirituality of Fr. Harold F. Cohen, S.J.: To the Father, Through the Son, In the Spirit by Al Mansfield Transcript: Holy Spirit Novena, Our Lady of the Lake Church Mandeville, Louisiana, May 25, 2001 Introduction: Thank you for inviting me to...
Articles by Patti Mansfield
“Honey, someone wants you to write an article about how our family prays,” Al chuckled. That will be a short article, I thought. How does our family pray? Poorly!
We are in the Garden of Gethsemane with Jesus. He has called us friends and He has a prophetic word to speak to us. Let’s begin by reading Mark’s account of the agony in garden.
“Patti, I have a great feeling that you will be in my country one day.” These words were scrawled on a postcard from Rio sent to me by a Brazilian Jesuit in 1971. They proved to be prophetic! Since 1994, I have been to Brazil over 25 times.
In 1968 I moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan, to begin working on campus ministry with Ralph Martin and other early leaders of the fledgling Catholic Charismatic Renewal. It wasn’t called Charismatic Renewal at the time.
Fr. Michael Scanlan, TOR I first met Fr. Michael Scanlan in January 1971, only 15 months after he had been baptized in the Spirit. It was at a gathering in Ann Arbor, Michigan for leaders of the fledgling Catholic Pentecostal movement as it was called in those days....
VATICAN CITY - Here is the address delivered by Patti Gallagher Mansfield, a witness of the start of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal, at the end of the meeting of the ecclesial movements and new communities with Benedict XVI. The meeting was held at the Vespers...
Articles by Alex Lorio
Several weeks ago, when I first heard of the contents of the recent Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report on sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, I needed to find a quiet place. It was hard to stomach what I had just heard.
Wisdom of the Saints
I had been living for nearly four months in a Christian village, occupied in translating the Catechism. A great number of natives came from all parts to entreat me to take the trouble to go to their houses and call on God by the bedsides of their sick relatives. Such...
Dear Friends, I suspect many of you are suffering from the prolonged fast from the Sacraments. Because we love Jesus, we want to receive Him often, even daily in the Eucharist. Although we know He forgives us as soon as we ask, we still miss those...