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Pastoral notes, sermons, and reflections from the Rt. Rev’d Morris K. Thompson, Jr., Bishop of Louisiana.

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Bishop Thompson’s Lenten Book Study: Luke 20-24

Read the passage here We have now entered Jerusalem.  The streets are lined with people who have come for various reasons.  Some want to see this magic worker and perhaps ...
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Bishop Thompson’s Lenten Book Study: Gospel of Luke 16:19-19:48

Read the passage here This week’s scripture readings begin with Jesus doing what he so often does, teach.  We begin with the story of Lazarus and the rich man.  This ...
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Bishop’s Lenten Book Study: Luke 13-16:18

Click here to read the passage What excites me about this week's readings is the progression. The stories begin with Jesus calling those around him to repent. To repent means to stop ...
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Bishop’s Lenten Book Study: Luke 10-12

Click here to read the passage When Jesus sent out the 70 disciples he wanted them to be present wherever they went.  I was struck by this insight while praying.  ...
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Bishop’s Lenten Book Study: Luke 6-9:27

Read Luke 6-9:27 here If I were to chose one word that describes Jesus for this week’s reading I would say compassion.  Throughout these three chapters Jesus has compassion on ...
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Bishop’s Lenten Reflection: The Gospel of Luke 3-5

Click here to read chapter 3-5 of the Gospel of Luke I like the way the third chapter begins by telling us who was ruling. It reminds me of a ...
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Bishop’s Letter on Parkland Florida School Shooting

Dear Friends in Christ, Over the years I have learned that it takes a good bit to truly anger me.  I get frustrated and irritated at times but anger is ...
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Bishop’s Lenten Book Study: Luke 1-2:52

Read: Luke 1-2:52 "Since many have undertaken to set down an orderly account of the events that have been fulfilled among us...I too decided, after investigating everything carefully from the ...
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Lenten Reflections with Bishop Thompson – The Gospel According to Luke

Beginning on Ash Wednesday, February 14, Bishop Thompson will be sending out a reflection each Wednesday during Lent on the Gospel according to Luke.  This Lent, the Diocese of Louisiana will ...
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2017 Christmas Message: The Word

The Word by Mary Oliver How wonderful!  I speak of the soul and seven people rise from their chairs and leave the room, seven others lean forward to listen.  I ...
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Statement from Bishops United Against Gun Violence

Statement from Bishops United Against Gun Violence October 2, 2017 We share in the grief and horror of people across our country and, indeed, around the world in the wake ...
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Let us Choose to Touch Good

September 2017 Churchwork reflection by the Rt. Rev. Morris K. Thompson, Jr. "The life that I touch for good or ill will touch another life, and that in turn another, ...
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Hurricane Harvey: Help our neighbors know they are remembered

Dear Sisters and Brothers, As I write to you I am full of grief for our brothers and sisters in Texas and Louisiana. The unimaginable continues to engulf the dioceses ...
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Churchwork Reflection – June 2017

The other day I read a posting from a friend who wrote that the “fear of the other has become the socially acceptable behavior.” He went on to write about ...
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Bishop’s Lenten Book: Final Reflection

Bishop's Lenten Book Study: Final Reflection April 11, 2017 As I reflect on this Lenten journey that we have shared through the reading of The Soul of Money, what stands ...
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Bishop’s Lenten Book Study Week 6: The life you live is the legacy you leave

Bishop's Lenten Book Study Week 6 April 5, 2017 Reflection on Chapter 11-12 of the Soul of Money by Lynne Twist Years ago I was speaking with a friend who happened ...
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Bishop’s Lenten Book Study Week 5: Scarcity or Sufficiency

Bishop's Lenten Book Study Week 5 March 29, 2017 Reflection on Chapter 10 of the Soul of Money by Lynne Twist In the early months of our marriage, Rebecca said something ...
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Bishop’s Lenten Book Study Week 4: See Life in a Different Way

Bishop's Lenten Book Study Week 4 March 22, 2017 Reflection on Chapter 7-9 of the Soul of Money by Lynne Twist My message last week focused on a powerful story about ...
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Bishop’s Lenten Book Study Week 1: Driven By Money

Bishop's Lenten Book Study Week 1 March 1, 2017 Reflection on Chapter 1-2 of the Soul of Money by Lynne Twist Growing up, our family did not speak often about ...
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The Soul of Money- Lenten Reflections with Bishop Thompson

Beginning on Ash Wednesday, March 1, Bishop Thompson will be sending out a reflection each Wednesday during Lent on the Soul of Money by Lynne Twist. If you would like ...
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