The Baton Rouge Youth Coalition
Only slightly more than 10% of Americans from low-income families complete a bachelor’s degree by the age of 25. The Baton Rouge Youth Coalition alters that narrative, with 90% of the program’s 165 high school graduates working toward, or having already completed, a degree in a meaningful and timely manner. “The Baton Rouge Youth Coalition prepares high-achieving, under-resourced high school students to enter, excel in, and graduate from college so they can become full participants in society.” To achieve that mission, BRYC offers personalized support services to all their participating fellows. For additional information concerning BYRC, please visit their informative website: www.thebyrc.org
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FROM THE ARCHIVES
One Body, One Spirit
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For music lovers the world over, George Gershwin’s wonderful piece “Rhapsody in Blue” is defined by the opening clarinet glissando, the continuous run through an extended scale with which the composition begins. The clarinet doesn’t fully shape the entire score, of course. The orchestra or Gershwin’s own piano may have done so, but not the clarinet. And yet, this reed instrument is absolutely essential at the beginning. ...read more
CATHOLIC SAINTS ON STEWARDSHIP
From St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Founder of the Sisters of Charity:
“Young people especially should fight cheerfully, since Our Lord has so kindly called you in the morning of your days, and not exposed you to the anguish and remorse we feel after so many years of sin.”
LOCAL DIOCESAN NEWS
STEWARDSHIP IN THE DIOCESE
This past month, 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
“Let no one have contempt for your youth, but set an example for those who believe, in speech, conduct, love, faith, and purity. Be diligent in these matters; be absorbed in them, so that your progress may be evident to everyone. Attend to yourself and to your teaching; persevere in both tasks, for by doing so you will save both yourself and those who listen to you.”
(1 Timothy 4:12, 15-16; New American Bible, Revised Edition)
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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
“Your weaknesses and deficiencies ought to make you humble, but you should also throw all of them into the fire of the love of God, where they will be devoured and consumed like a straw mattress thrown into a great furnace.”
St. Paul of the Cross
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