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 >>
Monday, May 20 2013 9:29 PM EDT2013-05-21 01:29:03 GMT
A Livingston man was shot after allegedly attacking a deputy Sunday.According to reports, Zebulun Kennedy, 25, charged the deputy, knocked him to the ground and continued attacking him. The deputy drewMore >>
A Livingston man was shot after allegedly attacking a deputy Sunday.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 3:33 PM EDT2013-05-20 19:33:45 GMT
Baton Rouge Police are looking for a suspect who allegedly killed a man in a fight.According to reports, Andres Gonzalez, 27, and Raphael Domino Jr., 39, were fighting at Club End Zone on Plank Rd. justMore >>
Baton Rouge Police are looking for a suspect who allegedly killed a man in a fight.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 2:01 AM EDT2013-05-21 06:01:07 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 >>
At least 51 have died in a storm the National Weather Service described as large and violent.More >>
At the corner of Plank Rd. and Scenic Highway sits a Chevron gas station. It's off I-110 near Memorial Stadium. Around 10 p.m.Sunday, a family stopped here to get gas. "Upon our arrival, we located threeMore >>
A man said he, his wife and his daughter were all punched because they were in the "wrong neighborhood" when they stopped to get gas at night. 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.