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    O God, Master of this passing world, hear the humble voices of your children. The Sea of Galilee obeyed your order and returned to its former quietude; you are still the Master of land and sea. We live in the shadow of a danger over which we have no control. The Gulf, like a provoked and angry giant, can awake from its seeming lethargy, overstep its conventional boundaries, invade our land and spread chaos and disaster. During this hurricane season, we turn to You, O loving Father. Spare us from past tragedies whose memories are still so vivid and whose wounds seem to refuse to heal with the passing of time. O Virgin, Star of the Sea, Our Beloved Mother, we ask you to plead with your Son in our behalf, so that spared from the calamities common to this area and animated with a true spirit of gratitude, we will walk in the footsteps of your Divine Son to reach the heavenly Jerusalem where a storm-less eternity awaits us. Amen. Originally dedicated to the victims of Hurricane Audrey in 1957. - Fr. Al Volpe, Cameron Parish, LA

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    Lord God, I thank you today for the gift of my life, And for the lives of all my brothers and sisters. I know there is nothing that destroys more life than abortion, Yet I rejoice that you have conquered death by the Resurrection of Your Son. I am ready to do my part in ending abortion. Today I commit myself Never to be silent, Never to be passive, Never to be forgetful of the unborn. I commit myself to be active in the pro-life movement, And never to stop defending life Until all my brothers and sisters are protected, And our nation once again becomes A nation with liberty and justice Not just for some, but for all, Through Christ our Lord. Amen!

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August 30, 2008



Praying for you, dear Cay.


You are in our prayers! We live in the Houston area and are also really watching Gustav. We remember Katrina all to well. I'm glad you are heading north to safety! We did that a few years ago when Houston had a voluntary evacuation... and we left a day or 2 before most and didn't get stuck with millions of others trying to evacuate.

I'm praying for everyone in Gustav's path!!!


Prayers for you and your family, Cay.

Michele Quigley

God bless you Cay - you are in our prayers! My son and daughter-in-law are moving to New Orleans in a few weeks. Needless to say I'm a bit nervous. . .

Carole in Wales

Prayers for you and your family!


Cay, I'm praying for you and everyone who will be affected by Gustav. My husband left this morning for the Florida panhandle. He works for 5th Army and will be a liaison between the feds and the state for whatever is needed before, during and after the storm. Stay safe!


PS: My daughter's husband is from New Iberia--he's a sweet brown-eyed Cajun man. We love him. I'll have to send him your link so that he can see that painting.

Miss Mari-Nanci

Thank you so much for updating us.

My heart goes out to you, at this time...

Gentle hugs,
Miss Mari-Nanci
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Paula in MN

Cay, you are still in our prayers. DH's family is not leaving Abbeville and Kaplan until 4 am, and then heading to Fort Worth.


May the Lord keep you and your family safe!

Alice C

Oh, well said Cay! Friends from other states ask me all the time "why do you stay there?!". I think it is something you must experience to fully comprehend. By the way, have you seen the Robert Dafford mural on the wall of the Acadian Memorial in St. Martinville? It is quite awe inspiring to see those figures life-size.

Stay safe! We are heading slightly North this morning.


Hugs and prayers from us


Praying, Cay!


Hey Cay,
I'm in Tennessee. I wanted to check in and see if you had left. We made the trip a 2-day event and we are exhausted, but safe.

Still praying for this storm to weaken again.

Love to you and yours,


You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. God bless you!


Praying for you and your family and friends!


May God keep you and yours safe Cay!!!


You're in my prayers, Cay.


Looking forward to hearing you are well and safe.


Cay, as I sit in Natchitoches, waiting to return to Houma (right now, we don't know when), reading your last blog, I was struck with such a feeling of peace and calm reading about our Acadian ancestors. I have admired your banner artwork, and it has made me form a connection to your blog. These words awed me....

"My ancestors were refugees back then and we are refugees today.

There seems to be a humbling realization in following in the footsteps of the our forefathers. We are kept ever aware that we are from strong stock and even stronger family ties. We are kept ever aware that we are not in control of life events. We are kept ever aware that there is Someone greater than us watching over us. We are kept ever aware that we really are just travelers in this life. And we're on an adventure."

As this "adventure" of Gustav continues to unfold in my family's life, and we take up our "refugee" roles, I am so thankful to you for your wise words, and thankful to God for making us Cajuns such a strong people.
God bless you and your family.


Are you all safe and sound? I rememeber your ordeal with Rita, you have been in our constant prayers! Update us when you can, until then.....

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