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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...

CATHOLIC SAINTS ON STEWARDSHIP

From St. Richard of Chichester:

“Day by day, day by day, O dear Lord, three things I pray: to see Thee more clearly, love Thee more dearly, and follow Thee more nearly, day by day.”

Finding Ways to Serve

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On the Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge website, we are reminded of our purpose and our calling. St. Teresa of Calcutta asked, “How do we know, love and serve God?” Jesus answered, “Whatever you do for the least of my brothers and sisters, for those most in need, you do for me.” The COVID-19 pandemic has stretched resources—programs, volunteers and funds—and yet wonderful local efforts like Catholic Charities and The Society of St. Vincent de Paul continue their ministry reach and maintain the blessing of their efforts. 

Please visit their two sites to discover the many ways you can help. Access the work of Catholic Charities through www.ccdiobr.org, and The Society of St. Vincent de Paul site at www.svdpbr.org. You will find a worthy focus for your prayers, your time, and your own resources. Please visit and do your part today.  

THE STEWARD'S BOOKSHELF

Recommended Resources
for Reflection and Study

Through the Year with Pope Francis: Daily Reflections


Please visit “The Steward’s Bookshelf”
for additional recommendations.

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“Nothing is mine. I no longer have anything but Jesus. No place, no thing, no person, no thought, no feelings, no honors, no suffering can turn me away from Jesus. He is for me honor, delight, heart and soul.”      

                                                                                      St. Bernadette Soubirous

LOCAL DIOCESAN NEWS

Televised Mass

Catholic Life Television broadcasts the Tuesday Midday Mass, live from St. Joseph Cathedral at 12 Noon, and rebroadcasts the service at 6 PM and 10:30 PM. Visit www.catholiclifetv.org for a variety of daily Catholic programming.

Diocesan News Page

The Diocese and COVID-19

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In this unique season of challenge and change, we take great encouragement in knowing God is gracious and good, that the Lord hears our prayers, and—in response—we humbly invest the Lord’s blessing in service to others. Such days as these remind us that we are all needy. “Gladden the soul of your servant; to you, Lord, I lift up my soul. Lord, you are good and forgiving, most merciful to all who call on you. You are great and do wondrous deeds; you alone are God. You, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God. Give your strength to your servant” (From Psalm 86). We need God’s strength and affirm the Lord’s watchfulness. As his people, we truly are “in this together.”

The Diocese of Baton Rouge has provided multiple links to assist in our desire to stay in touch. Online visitors can access very helpful information, communication tools and resources at the following link: http://coronavirus.diobr.org/

You’ll find announcements from Bishop Michael G. Duca, including the bishop’s Holy Week message; diocesan news—including links to the diocesan paper The Catholic Commentator; information concerning the Mass as well as a variety of devotional resources; news from the Catholic Schools office, Catholic Charities, and the office of Evangelization & Catechesis; plus links to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and the Vatican. 

STEWARDSHIP IN SCRIPTURE

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, on your own intelligence do not rely; in all your ways be mindful of him, and he will make straight your paths.”

(Proverbs 3:5-6; New American Bible, Revised Edition)

FROM THE ARCHIVES

Why Are We Anxious?

From the Stewardship Today Archives, May 2008

During his full and productive life, priest and professor Henri Nouwen authored over three dozen books of spiritual devotion and instruction. Compilations of material unpublished during his lifetime have been collected as well, yielding such inspirational studies as the posthumous collection entitled Turn My Mourning into Dancing. Father Nouwen wrote eloquently of personal struggle and daily difficulties. “Struggles with family, pressures at work, and conflicts with friends leave us feeling small and insignificant....read more

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Planned Giving

A Heartfelt ‘Thank You’

From the Diocese of Baton Rouge to You

We can’t thank you enough for all you do for the Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge. Your gifts make a huge difference for all we serve. Simply put, we can’t do what we do without you.

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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

The Gospels spill over with stories that we enjoy sharing with our children. The birth of Christ is told over and over. So are the stories of miracles—five thousand fed with just a little bread and a few fish, adults and children healed, one man lowered by his friends through the ceiling of someone else’s house. Perhaps few stories are enjoyed by more children than the story told in Luke, chapter 19, about the diminutive tax collector named Zacchaeus. Even if we rely on the Gospel narrative alone, we know a fair amount about this man. He was a chief tax collector, and tax collectors were universally despised for the fees they demanded from their own countrymen. Zacchaeus was not well liked. He was small in stature but must have been in fairly good health. He was very wealthy, owned his own home, and was well known in the area around the town of Jericho.

 

The fact that Zacchaeus was a short man endears him to children, but it is key only in that it serves the story so well. “He was seeking to see who Jesus was; but he could not see him because of the crowd, for he was short in stature. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree in order to see Jesus, who was about to pass that way.” When Jesus reached that place, He looked up and, calling him by name, told the tax collector to get out of the tree. Why? “Come down quickly, for today I must stay at your house.”

 

Again, his height helps make the story, but more important is what we know of the man’s character, not his stature. As a tax collector, he had been party to fraud and extortion. Jesus chose to eat with him, not because he was wealthy, well-known or influential. Those are reasons for us to seek certain dinner companions, but not Jesus. The Lord sought him out because of what HE could do for him. He came to seek and to save the lost. Zacchaeus was short, it’s true. Were we casting a film, we would look for someone appropriately modest in height. We might have to look a while to find a person that fits the physical description, but we’d struggle much less merely to find a sinner. Any of us could audition. And Jesus came for us. As we think of the subjects of freedom and personal liberty, it is worthwhile to consider just how much we all have in common.

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