Jean Baptiste Le Moyne, the French naval officer who founded New Orleans, died on March 7, 1768. Born in Montreal, Canada, Le Moyne helped to colonize French Louisiana and served as its Colonial Governor various times during the period between 1701 and 1743. Le Moyne also helped establish a Charity Hospital and headed relief efforts when two hurricanes hit the Gulf Coast in the fall of 1740. In his Last Will and Testament, Le Moyne declared:
“In the name of the Father, etc.
“Persuaded, as I am, of the necessity of death, and the uncertainty of the hour, I wish, before it arrives, to put my affairs in order. First, I consign my soul to God. I wish to live and die in the bosom of the Church. I implore the mercy of God and of Jesus Christ, my Saviour…”
Jean Baptiste Le Moyne, founder of New Orleans, professed his faith in Jesus Christ and that is a lost episode in American history.
Read and Reflect: Read Eph. 2:4-7 and reflect on the great mercy of our Lord in saving us and compare that with the Le Moyne’s Last Will and Testament.
Prayer: Merciful Father, we praise you for your mercy toward us in Christ even though we deserve judgment. May we be merciful people in turn, in Jesus’ Name, Amen.
*Source Citation: Grace King, Jean Baptiste Le Moyne, Sieur de Bienville (New York: Dodd, Mead, and Co. 1892), 325.