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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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Magnificat Breakfast

Bishop Michael G. Duca is the scheduled guest speaker for a Magnificat breakfast meeting on Saturday, August 17, from 9 AM to noon, at the Oak Lodge Reception Center, 2834 S. Sherwood Forest Boulevard in Baton Rouge. Tickets are $22 each, and can be purchased by visiting

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Diocese of Baton Rouge College Ministries


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 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.

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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