Capital Area Alliance For The Homeless
Participating agencies and individuals that comprise the Capital Area Alliance for the Homeless provide Emergency Shelter, Transitional Housing, and Permanent Supportive Housing for those in need. In addition, “members offer a range of services that include outreach to the homeless, behavioral health referrals, substance abuse treatment, veterans service, life skills training, job training and placement, youth shelters and literacy/GED classes.” More recently the CAAH has worked to develop affordable housing itself, “helping to provide answers for the area’s homeless citizens, addressing homelessness and its root causes.” Please visit the Capital Area Alliance for the Homeless website, and discover the many ways you can support their efforts: www.homelessinbr.org
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Through the ages, philosophers and poets have debated life’s difficulties. What is the most troubling or burdensome task, for example? What activity requires the greatest effort? Keeping a secret, one wryly observed. Consistency, wrote one; persistence another. Emerson identified thinking as “the hardest task in the world.” And a century later, Albert Camus suggested one reason why: “We get into the habit of living before acquiring the habit of thinking. In that race which daily hastens us toward death, the body maintains its irreparable lead.” ...read more
CATHOLIC SAINTS ON STEWARDSHIP
From St. Francis of Assisi, Founder of the Franciscans:
“Poverty is the special way of salvation. It is the source of humility and the root of all perfection, and its fruit is manifold, though unseen. This is the treasure hidden in the field in the Gospel, to buy which we must sell all—and anything that cannot be sold should be abandoned for love of it.”
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STEWARDSHIP IN THE DIOCESE
This spring, the Bishop Stanley Joseph Ott Works of Mercy Trust listed its annual grant beneficiaries for 2016, and Bishop Robert Muench met the recipients to congratulate them and issue their grant awards. The six deserving area nonprofit organizations recognized this year include the following: Alzheimer’s Services of the Capital Area, Baton Rouge Youth Coalition, Capital Area Alliance for the Homeless, HOPE Ministries, Livingston Youth and Family Counseling, and Pat’s Coats for Kids.
STEWARDSHIP IN SCRIPTURE
“Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us rid ourselves of every burden and sin that clings to us and persevere in running the race that lies before us while keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, the leader and perfecter of faith. For the sake of the joy that lay before him he endured the cross, despising its shame, and has taken his seat at the right of the throne of God.”
(Hebrews 12:1-2; New American Bible, Revised Edition)
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As a retired New York Life Insurance agent, Vincent Miranda of Christ the King Church in Baton Rouge knew of the great benefits that directly designating a recipient of an insurance policy could bring to both the donor and the beneficiary. So he, and his beloved wife Marian, listed the Diocese as owner and beneficiary of a life insurance policy they established in 1989.
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QUOTES FROM THE SAINTS
“Our sins are nothing but a grain of sand alongside the great mountain of the mercy of God.”
St. Jean Vianney
“Even a little child can scatter flowers, to scent the throne room with their fragrance; even a little child can sing, in a shrill treble, the great canticle of Love. That shall be my life: to scatter flowers—to miss no single opportunity of making some small sacrifice, here by a smiling look, there by a kindly word, always doing the tiniest things right, and doing it for Love.”
St. Therese of Lisieux
“Whenever you see truth, you seek God, whether or not you know it.”
St. Edith Stein
As Stewards of God’s Mercy, please register to attend the International Catholic Stewardship Council annual conference this October in New Orleans. Visit catholicstewardship.com for additional information.
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