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From St. Therese of Lisieux:

“Prayer means a launching out of the heart toward God. It means lifting up one’s eyes, quite simply, to heaven—a cry of grateful love, from the crest of joy or the trough of despair. It’s a vast, supernatural force that opens my heart and binds me close to Jesus.”




Human trafficking is the third largest international crime industry; the average victim suffers repeated abuse, often thousands of times, and many of those victims are adolescents and young adults. Metanoia Inc, one of this year’s recipients of a Works of Mercy Trust grant, addresses the unique needs of these young people, their potential for poverty, and their lack of opportunity, providing job skills training, sheltered employment, and training in financial management. Metanoia helps adolescent victims of human trafficking pursue renewed purpose in life. Please take a few moments and discover the many ways this wonderful organization ministers to such special neighbors at the Metanoia Inc. website,




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The Diocese of Baton Rouge offers college students a host of ministry, fellowship and service opportunities, on campus and in our surrounding communities: regular Mass and confession times, individual counseling, retreats, leadership training and more. Plan to get involved this fall through the following Catholic campus ministries: Through Christ the King Catholic Church at Louisiana State University (, the Southern University MLK Catholic Center (on Facebook, and through This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ), the St. Albert Catholic Student Center at Southeastern Louisiana University (, and at Franciscan University—formerly Our Lady of the Lake College—through their informative website ( 


“The just shall flourish like the palm tree, shall grow like a cedar of Lebanon. Planted in the house of the Lord, they shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall bear fruit even in old age. They shall stay fresh and green, to proclaim: ‘The Lord is just, my rock in whom there is no wrong.’ ”

(Psalm 92:13-16; New American Bible, Revised Edition)



Prayers of the Saints: St. Dominic

From the Stewardship Today Archives, August 2010

St. Peter preached a wondrous sermon at Pentecost, helping to establish the Church. Later, St. Stephen, one of the first deacons, preached such a convicting sermon, it cost him his life. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, preaching—the proclamation of the Gospel message—claims a unique capacity to change lives. That capacity was certainly needed at the close of the twelfth century when heresies struck the European Church. more

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Planned Giving

How To Balance Family and Giving

Whether you’re caring for children, aging parents or both, priorities can be stretched thin. And between living expenses, school fees and saving for the future, you may find yourself putting your philanthropic goals on the back burner.

At least for now. 

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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:

The busy corner convenience store had been losing money slowly but steadily for days. Clearly concerned, the owner decided to add a camera to his existing security system. Though painful to consider, he was afraid the cause of his losses was internal theft, so he added a camera trained on his clerks. Three days later, his assistant manager brought him one of the discs. “I didn’t expect this. You’re going to be surprised,” she said. “We caught somebody stealing from us?” the owner asked. “We caught somebody all right, but not stealing.” Three minutes into the recording, the longtime retailer watched one of his youngest employees pull money out of her purse to pay for a bottle of water and a sandwich for a construction worker who seemed to have forgotten his wallet. By the close of her shift, she had been equally generous with two other customers. “We haven’t found the thief,” the assistant manager said, “But this was kind of nice. I thought you’d want to see it too.”

A hidden camera catches thieves. It also catches the generous. A camera will film a robber, but will capture the Good Samaritan too. Neutral and dispassionate, a security camera captures it all. The very observant among us are somewhat similar. A bit more biased than a security camera, we still have the ability to see things others overlook. Jesus reminded his disciples that the world is watching. “Love one another,” he told them. “As I have loved you, so you also should love one another. This is how all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:34-35). The world notes the church’s mistakes but can just as readily witness the best we have to offer—our love and our compassion. Others are watching.

Stewardship Today is a monthly devotional newsletter designed to assist Catholics everywhere in developing a greater understanding of the role of stewardship in everyday life.
All we are, and all we possess, are gifts from God for our use and for the blessing of others. Through wise stewardship, we invest our time, our talents and our treasures to the glory of God.

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