Tuesday, May 21 2013 6:18 AM EDT2013-05-21 10:18:45 GMT
Authorities said a 15-year-old girl may be facing charges after driving without a license and losing control of a car in a crash that left a 10-year-old girl dead Monday afternoon. The crash happened onMore >>
Authorities said a 15-year-old may be facing charges after driving without a license and losing control of a car in a crash that left a 10-year-old dead.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:48 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:48:15 GMT
A woman has been arrested after she allegedly locked her four young daughters out of their home for days at a time.A witness told police that the four girls, ages 7, 5, 3 and 1, had been in the same dirtyMore >>
A woman has been arrested after she allegedly locked her four young daughters out of their home for days at a time.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:45 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:45:38 GMT
A widespread power outage has affected a large portion of Ascension Parish. Small portions of neighboring parishes are also affected. As of 5:40 p.m., the Entergy website reported 20,981 homes andMore >>
A widespread power outage affected a large portion of Ascension Parish and part of EBR Parish Monday. More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:16 PM EDT2013-05-22 02:16:08 GMT
Residents in tornado-stricken Moore, OK, await news on missing love ones Tuesday, a day after a massive tornado devastated the city, killing at least 51. Rescuers worked all night, with particular attentionMore >>
The tornado, with winds up to 200 mph, cut a 20-mile stretch as wide as two miles through the Oklahoma City metro area. The medical examiner's office reported 24 people died, including nine children. More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:36 AM EDT2013-05-21 14:36:49 GMT
(RNN) – A day after long track tornadoes devastated Shawnee and Edmond, OK, another round has begun near Oklahoma City.KOCO broadcast a slow rotating cloud that slowly extended down towards the groundMore >>
Dozens of people have died after a second day of tornadoes twisted through Oklahoma, this time taking aim at the town of Moore, south of Oklahoma City.More >>
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -
As Mardi Gras beads give way to ashen crosses, so a time of celebration turns to a time of sacrifice, as many Christians observe lent.
"Christ took 40 days in the desert before he began his public ministry. A time of prayer, of fasting, of sacrifice, but also of mental preparation, focusing on his priorities of what he wanted to do," explained Msgr. Paul Counce, Judicial Vicor Diocese of Baton Rouge.
It is in that spirit that many observe lent, making some sort of personal sacrifice for 40 days.
"We understand that by depriving ourselves of this world's goods. We first of all recognize our fallibility, our weakness," said Counce.
However, the benefits of a little self denial are not limited to just Christianity or even to the religious.
"In everyday life, we sometimes fall prey to the rat race. By taking a moment to step back and to self monitor, it sort of reboots if you will," said psychologist Dr. Jesse Lambert.
Lambert says many studies have shown the benefits of a personal "fasting" period.
"It enhances self control," said Lambert. "Enhancing discipline, and in many respects restoring focus."
For example, say a family is having trouble connecting because everyone stays plugged in on the computer or the phone.
"It terms of social media, like cell phone things like that, it typically involves a solitary activity or where one member of family is communicating with someone outside of the family. By stepping away from that for a moment, it gives the family an opportunity to rediscover themselves."
Through a little self denial a family can improve its relationships, or a individual can create better habits.