From St. Teresa of Avila:

“Let us look at our own shortcomings and leave other people’s alone; for those who live carefully ordered lives are apt to be shocked at everything, and we might well learn very important lessons from the persons who shock us.” 

The Emerge Center

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Three years ago, The Emerge Center welcomed staff, patients, volunteers and supporters to their new facility on Innovation Park Drive in Baton Rouge. As the Baton Rouge Speech and Hearing Foundation, the organization has served the needs of children and families in the Baton Rouge area for over fifty years, and the Works of Mercy Trust is grateful for the opportunity to support their efforts.

The current facility offers multiple age-appropriate and needs-centered classrooms and meeting rooms, each one designed to provide education, therapy, testing and/or training. Expanded services include a conference center, a cafeteria and outdoor dining patio, a full gym for Occupational Therapy, and a resource and lending library. In these new spaces, staff will serve up to 300 children through the Children’s Development Center every week, up to 100 children in the Programs for Children with Autism per year, and up to 60 Occupational Therapy clients weekly. Please consider giving to support the important work of this independent non-profit organization. Visit for additional information.



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Unlike Your Father, Unlike Your Creator

From the Stewardship Today Archives, September 2011  

A Promethean tale of creation and recreation, Mary Shelley’s Gothic novel Frankenstein has long appeared on student reading lists. As they read, young people familiar with any of several cinematic treatments are surprised by the differences between book and film. Partly due to Boris Karloff’s classic verdant-hued, flat-topped, bolt-in-the-neck characterization, the monster is often known by the name Frankenstein. In contrast, readers soon discover that the experimental creator—Dr. Frankenstein—carries the name, not the creature. They also find a somewhat misunderstood ‘monster’ becomes anything but a mute oaf. more


St. Thomas More Bible Study

The Book of James will be the focus of a fall Bible study hosted by St. Thomas More Church, 11411 Goodwood Blvd. in Baton Rouge, Mondays at 6:30 PM and Tuesdays at 9:30 AM through November 13 and 14. For more information, please email:

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Works of Mercy Trust



Since its inception in 1992, the Diocese of Baton Rouge Works of Mercy Trust has awarded over $525,000 to area non-profit organizations. On June 15, Bishop Robert Muench distributed this year’s awards to five very deserving area organizations whose works of mercy typify the best of local service, counsel and care: the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, the Capital Area CASA Association, the Baton Rouge Speech and Hearing Foundation/The Emerge Center, the Particular Council of St. Vincent de Paul of Baton Rouge, and Youth Oasis.


“Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and precede him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. After doing so, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When it was evening he was there alone.”

 (Matthew 14:22-23; New American Bible, Revised Edition)


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The Stewardship of Prayer

prayer sept2017A Love Better Than Life

The western edge of the Dead Sea is a stark and forbidding wilderness, punctuated by the occasional oasis, tourist hotels, site seeing merchants, the ancient fortress of Masada, and the Qumran caves that yielded Dead Sea scrolls. The area includes both Israel and Palestinian territory—the region referred to as the West Bank, much of it known as biblical Judea and Samaria, and the original home of the Jewish tribe of Judah. Jesus was a descendant, “the lion of the tribe of Judah” (Revelation 5:5), and thus “the root of David.” more


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The Stewardship of Ministry

ministry sept2017Go to the Source

Twentieth century Russian writer and 1970 Nobel Laureate Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn was a Red Army commander during World War II but, following his postwar arrest for authoring works contrary to Soviet practices, also became a prisoner of the Soviet Gulag work camps. Author of Cancer Ward, The Gulag Archipelago, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich and dozens of other works, he was (in the words of a Time magazine tribute at his death in 2008) “a man of enormous Christian faith.” In 1978, he gave the commencement address at Harvard, and his message has been widely celebrated as “A World Split Apart.” The message resonates still.. . . .read more


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The Stewardship of Finance

finance sept2017An Antidote to Your Boredom


When she died, Eileen Likens Guder Triplett was celebrated for “her creativity and enjoyment of life expressed in her hospitality, her gardening, her sewing, her art, and her love of reading.” Her family expressed profound gratitude “for the legacy of love, joy and committed living that she has left us.” Humbly echoing her own life, a published obituary offered only modest mention of the many books published under the name Eileen Guder, as well as her contributions to education. She lived well, and her works are full of practical, lifestyle instruction and Christian wisdom. One of the most commonly quoted passages is the focus of her book God, But I’m Bored.. . .read more


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“Whoever bids other folks to do right, but gives an evil example by acting the opposite way, is like a foolish weaver who weaves quickly with one hand and unravels the cloth just as quickly with the other.”                                                                                              

                                                                                   St. Thomas More

“True friendship can harbor no suspicion; a friend must speak to a friend as freely as to his second self.”

                                                                                    St. Jerome

“God is within all things, but not included by them; outside all things, but not excluded by them; above all things, but not beyond their reach.”

                                                                                    St. Gregory the Great

“God said: I have placed you in the midst of your fellows so that you may do to them what you cannot do to Me—that is, so that you may love your neighbor freely without expecting any return from him. And what you do to him, I count as done to Me.”

                                                                                    St. Catherine of Siena

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