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The Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Baton Rouge is one of the most respected charitable organizations in the capital city. For nearly a century and a half, St. Vincent de Paul has faithfully invested in people throughout the area, addressing “the needs of the poor within Baton Rouge and the surrounding community since 1865; providing hot meals to those who would otherwise go hungry, warm beds to those who would have no place to sleep, medications to those who could not afford them on their own, and the mandatory uniforms that children need to attend school.”
Readers of 225 Magazine recently selected the Society of St. Vincent de Paul “the best non-profit organization in Baton Rouge” for the second year in a row. As the organization itself has noted, “We believe we are giving a hand up, and not a hand out. We move to better the lives of those we help, and move them towards self-sufficiency and a better quality of life.” To contribute financially or to volunteer your time, please visit www.svdpbr.org.
A cloud in the sky,
In the meadow see
Under the peach tree
They you appear.
And the tears flow
In the thin air
Upon your face
From Raissa Maritain,
Twentieth Century Catholic
Philosopher and Poet
Stewardship Today as a Downloadable PDF
For the convenience of our readers, a four-page, abridged set of monthly Stewardship Today articles is available as a downloadable PDF file.
NATIONAL CATHOLIC NEWS
- Divorce, migration changing the face of families worldwide, in U.S.
- Pope: Greed, throwaway culture fuel 'hidden euthanasia' of elderly
- Vatican says bishop's dismissal not the result of sex abuse
- Spiritual triage: Help wounded, drop theoretical baggage, pope says
- Vatican media need to 'up their game,' says adviser
LINKS THAT WE RECOMMEND
Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge
The US Conference of Catholic Bishops
The Vatican Website
Diocese of Baton Rouge Office of Stewardship
STEWARDSHIP: THE LOCAL PARISH
On the St. Albert the Great Chapel and Catholic Student Center website, director and ministry chaplain Father Randy Cuevas writes, “St. Albert Student Center has a rich history of serving the pastoral, religious, and spiritual needs of Southeastern’s Catholic community of students and staff for 50 consecutive years, dedicated to providing opportunities for everyone to gather regularly for prayer, the sacraments, devotions, fellowship and fun.”
A web tour of articles and photos reveals opportunities that promote friendship, worship, service and investments in mission. St. Albert provides exactly the kinds of experiences and relationships our college-aged sons and daughters find most beneficial in helping to develop their Catholic faith and their trust in Jesus Christ.
To read more about the Chapel, Catholic Student Center, and vital Catholic ministry on the campus of Southeastern Louisiana University, please take time to visit the church website for additional information: www.stalbertselu.org
STEWARDSHIP IN SCRIPTURE
Many people not only work on Labor Day but also find the idea somewhat amusing. The day has never been a holiday for these hard-working faithful. In addition, for too many, work is burdensome. It needn’t be, especially as our Savior is available to help share the load.
“ ‘Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for your selves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.’ ”
(St. Matthew 11:28-30, New American Bible, Revised Edition)
CATHOLIC SAINTS ON STEWARDSHIP
From St. Ignatius Loyola (1491-1556), Spanish priest and founder of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits), on the relationship between faith and works:
“Much caution is necessary, lest by much talk about faith, and much insistence on it without any distinctions or explanations, occasion be given to the people, whether before or after they have faith informed by charity, to become slothful and lazy in good works.”