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CATHOLIC SAINTS ON STEWARDSHIP


From St. Leo the Great:

“In the dispensation of Christ’s mysteries, there is at once the power of grace and the encouragement of teaching, so that He whom we confess in the spirit of faith we may follow in the example of our work.”

Catholic Charities

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With more than 140,000 area households directly affected by the August flood, and with hundreds of families in need of sponsorship assistance this past Christmas, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge begins another new year with significant opportunities for ministry and yet profoundly stretched resources. Please consider those needs as a call for your direct volunteer involvement and your generous financial support. CCDBR offers unparalleled disaster relief response, plus an extensive list of additional ministry services: guidance and care for expectant mothers and the unborn, foster grandparent support and adoption services, behavioral health and employment counseling, and much more.

 Why not celebrate the New Year by investing in ministries you know will bless some of the most needy among us. Visit www.ccdiobr.org or simply contribute to the work of the Bishop’s Annual Appeal. Your gifts will benefit many.


 

THE STEWARD'S BOOKSHELF

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FROM THE ARCHIVES

Giving, a Thoughtful Response

From the Stewardship Today Archives,
January 2011
  

In the typical retail checkout line, consumers negotiate a sensory version of the punitive gauntlet, assailed on either side by rack and row of magazines and mints, tools and toys. And we buy. We buy impulsively. Marketing firms know we do. So do retailers. A magazine for the long ride, a pack of gum for after the party, a candy bar for the kids, a gift card for a friend. Researchers have long asked how and why this takes place.  ...read more

LOCAL DIOCESAN NEWS

Life March South

The Louisiana Life March South will be held in downtown Baton Rouge, beginning at Galvez Plaza Saturday, January 21 at 10 AM, and concluding at the State Capitol at 10:45 with a formal program. Visit www.lalifemarch.com for details.

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SANCTUARY FOR LIFE

 

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Through Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge and the vital ministry of Sanctuary for Life, the diocese meaningfully supports both mother and child. Through the Sanctuary, “homeless, pregnant women live in community with a house mother, mentor each other, and receive medical care, nutritious meals and counseling. They leave the house employed and ready to care for their newborn babies.”

In the words of the USCCB, “As a gift from God, every human life is sacred from conception to natural death. The life and dignity of every person must be respected and protected at every state and in every condition. The right to life is the first and most fundamental principle of human rights that leads Catholics to actively work for a world of greater respect for human life and greater commitment to justice and peace.” The Diocese of Baton Rouge continues to affirm that commitment through noteworthy ministries like Sanctuary for Life.

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STEWARDSHIP IN SCRIPTURE

“Brothers, even if a person is caught in some transgression, you who are spiritual should correct that one in a gentle spirit, looking to yourself, so that you also may not be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so you will fulfill the law of Christ.” 

(Galatians 6:1-2; New American Bible, Revised Edition)

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Planned Giving

Solidify your estate plans, and make sure your plans for the future cover all the important aspects of protecting yourself and your loved ones. Simply click on the link provided to look over a list of helpful suggestions. 

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And, for additional information concerning Diocese of Baton Rouge Planned Giving options, please visit the “Plan My Legacy” page through the Office of Stewardship website: http://officeofstewardship.planmylegacy.org

LINKS WE RECOMMEND

Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge
http://www.diobr.org

The US Conference of Catholic Bishops
http://usccb.org

The Vatican Website
http://www.vatican.va

Diocese of Baton Rouge Office of Stewardship
http://www.officeofstewardship.com

More Local, Regional and National Links...

The Flood of 2016 Response
Diocese of Baton Rouge Disaster Assistance Fund

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JANUARY 2017 

Stewardship: A Louisiana Legacy


 

The Bishop’s Annual Appeal


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“Compassion has a human face. It means to suffer with, to suffer together, to not remain indifferent to the pain and the suffering of others. It is what Jesus felt when he saw the crowds who followed him” (Pope Francis, The Name of God Is Mercy). We have seen the need on many faces in recent weeks, as many thousands of our neighbors have experienced record flooding and the loss of everything they owned.

Believing the Father has shown us mercy we follow a scriptural example. We embrace the hurting, and we address their needs. We extend the call of the Jubilee Year with an invitation. Please Be Merciful by giving to support the Bishop’s Annual Appeal. ...read more


 

The Stewardship of Prayer


prayer jan2017Worship Him, for He Is Worthy


“Never give in. Never, never, never.” That’s direct. It’s pithy, and Winston Churchill, the author of it, was known for his ability to craft a witty, quotable proverb. But that’s not all. His facility with history and biography yielded dozens of prose volumes and, in 1953, earned him the Nobel Prize in Literature. An effective communicator exercises nimble facility with a lengthy description as well as a word. There are biblical examples, John the Baptist a prime one. “Repent” is pretty direct, and yet his substantive description of Jesus rivals any in Scripture....read more

 


To Rely on the Power of God
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The Stewardship of Ministry


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Successful human resource professionals often find new employees doing their jobs—just doing them for someone else. While out shopping, for example, an HR manager might note the customer service skills exhibited by a department manager and offer her a position. More than a few restaurant wait staff, sales people, and team leaders have been hired away, precisely because they’ve unknowingly demonstrated proficiency in the presence of someone with hiring responsibility for another company. “Here’s my card. I’ve got a position you’d be perfect for. Give me a call.” It happens in the movies because it happens in life. . . .read more

 

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The Stewardship of Finance


finance jan2017The Perfect Standard

 

“Whoever is puffed up is not poor in spirit.” In his commentary concerning the Sermon on the Mount, St. Augustine promised that a study of Matthew, chapters five through seven, offered readers “the perfect standard of the Christian Life.” In it, Jesus turned expectations on their heads. Those who kill are deserving of judgment but also those who express their anger. Lust is akin to adultery. Give in secret. Love your enemies, and treat others as you’d like to be treated. The Our Father is a bridge to the conclusion, and the sermon opens with Augustine’s perfect standard: “The Beatitudes.” Such Scripture invites thought and reflection, but the opening passage requires little clarification. . . .read more

 

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“God is more anxious to bestow His blessings on us than we are to receive them.”                                                                                                                     

                                                                                   St. Augustine of Hippo

 

“I bind to myself today the power in the love of the Seraphim, in the obedience of the Angels, in the ministration of the Archangels, in the hope of Resurrection unto reward, in the prayers of the Patriarchs, in the predictions of the Prophets, in the preaching of the Apostles, in the faith of the Confessors, in the purity of the holy Virgins, in the deeds of righteous men.”                        

                                                                                    St. Patrick of Ireland

 

“There are three distinct comings of the Lord of which I know: His coming to men, His coming into men, and His coming against men.”

                                                                                    St. Bernard of Clairvaux

 

“If things created are so full of loveliness, how resplendent with beauty must be the One who made them! The wisdom of the Worker is apparent in His handiwork.”                

                                                                                    St. Anthony of Padua

 

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