CATHOLIC SAINTS ON STEWARDSHIP
From St. Paul of the Cross:
“In uniting yourself to God’s will, you take on new life and gather great courage, willingly embracing the cross and kissing His hand even when it chastises you, a hand that reaches out to you in love and has no other intention but your greatest spiritual well being.”
One Book, One Church
The Christian Formation Secretariat of the Diocese of Baton Rouge “is inviting all parishes to read, reflect and share their thoughts on the same book during the Season of Lent. This year, the Secretariat is suggesting Prayer: Our Deepest Longing, a book written by Fr. Ronald Rolheiser that leads a reader to a deepening experience of God in prayer. Drawing from Scripture, ancient and modern writers, and a person’s own experience, Fr. Rolheiser clears misconceptions about prayer and offers both consolation and challenge. The book will help readers overcome struggles in prayer, develop mature prayer habits, and explore new prayer practices.”
Parishes are encouraged to form small study groups to meet during Lent to discuss a chapter each week for five weeks. Books can be purchased online for $3 a copy when ordered in bulk: www.cart.dynamiccatholic.com
An instructive small group study guide is available as a downloadable PDF. For a copy, simple click the following link: Prayer Study Guide
THE STEWARD'S BOOKSHELF
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FROM THE ARCHIVES
The Great I AM
From the Stewardship Today Archives,
Some form of identity theft has plagued tens of millions of Americans, producing billions of dollars in real losses and lost productivity, as well as consumer concern and unease. The subject of personal identity arises in the counseling offices of the nation’s professional psychologists and clinicians too, a topic of perpetual interest to those who monitor mental health and note that we continue to struggle with answers to life’s intrinsic questions: Who am I, and why am I here? One man fully understood his identity and purpose and, as recorded in the Gospel of John, answered those questions repeatedly. ...read more
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THE LIGHT IS ON FOR YOU
So that you might celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation, The Light Is ON for You. Once again, Bishop Robert W. Muench and the priests of the Diocese of Baton Rouge invite you to experience the Sacrament of Reconciliation this Lenten season. Catholic churches throughout the Diocese of Baton Rouge will be open for Confession during Lent.
For your encouragement, the following items are provided: an informative letter from Bishop Robert W. Muench, instructive materials designed to assist you as you prepare, and a brochure listing available times and locations. Please make plans to participate.
Bishop Muench’s Letter -Download here
Preparation Materials -Download here
Lenten Brochure -Download here
STEWARDSHIP IN SCRIPTURE
“Who would believe what we have heard? To whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? He grew up like a sapling before him, like a shoot from the parched earth; he had no majestic bearing to catch our eye, no beauty to draw us to him. He was spurned and avoided by men, a man of suffering, knowing pain, like one from whom you turn your face, spurned, and we held him in no esteem.”
(Isaiah 53:1-3; New American Bible, Revised Edition)
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Make a Tax-Free Gift From Your IRA
If you are 70½ years old or older, you can make a tax-free gift from your individual retirement account (IRA) directly to the Diocese of Baton Rouge. This law no longer has an expiration date, so you are free to make annual gifts to qualified charitable organizations from your IRA this year and well into the future.
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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
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