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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

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CATHOLIC SAINTS ON STEWARDSHIP

From St. Cyril of Jerusalem:

“Have you run so many circles of the years bustling vainly about the world, and yet you don’t have forty days to be free for prayer for your own soul’s sake?”

The Stewardship of Prayer

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St Paul challenged first century Christians to maintain a high standard of spiritual commitment. “Whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus.” Perhaps no Catholic practice is more reflective of that commitment than a parishioner’s determination to pray. We model Scripture and the teachings of the Church. “Pray without ceasing.” “In all circumstances, give thanks.” “Ask, and you will receive. Seek, and you will find. Knock, and the door will be opened to you.” And, in a parable Jesus told his listeners, “pray always without becoming weary.”

Believing God’s Spirit is always with us, we whisper requests and the desires of our hearts, knowing God hears each one. We pray throughout the day, often with no one knowing. Called to the Mass, in worship with fellow parishioners, we join in prayers together as a people of faith, and then we carry our Catholic practices with us—through silent meditation, contemplative prayer, the Rosary or Novena. In each practice, and through each prayer, we develop strong and healthy devotional lives, one of our most vital practices during the Season of Lent.

THE STEWARD'S BOOKSHELF

Recommended Resources
for Reflection and Study

Lives of The Saints: For Everyday in the Year

A Minute of Margin: Restoring Balance to Busy Lives - 180 Daily Reflections (Pilgrimage Growth Guide) by [M.D., Richard A. Swenson,]


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

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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 Light Is ON For You

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Through the diocesan Office of Evangelization and Catechesis, “We will soon enter into the liturgical season of Lent with a spirit of hope. This is a time to reflect, renew and rejoice in the mercy of God through the sacrifice of Jesus, who upon the cross, redeemed mankind.

“As the People of God, we are called to reflect upon actions which cause separation between ourselves, God and others. In response, we are invited with contrite hearts to turn away from sin and return to God in the Sacrament of Reconciliation in order to receive healing and to be restored. This ultimately renews hope as we rejoice in God's eternal mercy and desire for all to be in union with him.

“This is a personal invitation to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation during this season of prayer and penance with joyful hope that today, and each day following, the light is always on for you.” Later this month, detailed information—including the many ways you might take part—will be available through the Office of Evangelization and Catechesis, www.evangcatbr.org/light

STEWARDSHIP IN SCRIPTURE

“When you pray, go to your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you. Your Father knows what you need before you ask him.”

(Matthew 5:6, 8b; New American Bible, Revised Edition)

FROM THE ARCHIVES

Let’s Serve God, Not Our Stuff

From the Stewardship Today Archives, February 2011

The author of the Old Testament Book of Deuteronomy astutely wrote, “It is the Lord, your God, who gives you the power to acquire wealth.” Only a few paragraphs prior to that revealing statement, we also read the following familiar passage: “Love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength.”...read more

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Planned Giving

The FAQs on the SECURE Act


The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act was enacted Jan. 1, 2020. With it came many questions for those who are planning for retirement, retired or who are retiring in the near 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

Ask any diligent high school honor student what all the hard work is for, and you’ll get a fairly predictable answer. “I’m working hard, so that I can earn a scholarship to a really good college.” That’s expected and sounds about right. It’s what many would say is important. Go one step further and ask a senior at the university what all the hard work is for, and the response will be similar: “I’m working hard, so that I can choose from a variety of really good job offers when I graduate.” No earth rattling revelation there, of course—we’re convinced that’s what the journey of education is all about.

So, what follows? What’s next? Good grades, a promising entry level job, a series of promotions and moves, marriage, maybe kids, a bigger house, more responsibility, better pay, a sense power and authority, independence and respect, then solid retirement. Maybe health. Yes, that’s what we work for. In effect, it is the substance we pursue—the carrot just beyond our reach, the promise of reward each step of the way, and the treasure at the end of the journey. We want financial independence, the esteem of our peers, and a secure future. It’s what we’re after, and we encourage our children to do the same thing.

Well, what does the biblical apostle suggest? In the sixth chapter of his initial pastoral letter to St. Timothy, St. Paul offered significantly contrasting advice: “Pursue righteousness, devotion, faith, love, patience, and gentleness. Compete well for the faith. Lay hold of eternal life, to which you were called when you made the noble confession in the presence of many witnesses.” On the one hand, we have jobs, houses, financial security and authority. Righteousness, faith and gentleness are quite different goals. And the term St. Paul uses in a quest to acquire them is translated pursue, an engagingly determined pursuit to obtain. To desire righteousness, devotion and faith would be one thing. To actively pursue them is another. We understand pursuit; we just don’t equate it with patience and gentleness. No wonder our lives are stress-laden. Our priorities are imbalanced. It’s for our own good that we pursue the right things.

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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