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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. Frances Xavier Cabrini:

“We must pray without tiring, for the salvation of mankind does not depend on material success, but on Jesus alone.”

St. Vincent de Paul

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For more than a hundred and fifty years, The Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Baton Rouge has offered a clear mission of ministry and service to our hungry, homeless and needy neighbors. The Society is “a network of friends, inspired by Gospel values, growing in holiness and building a more just world through personal relationships with and service to people in need, offering person-to-person service to the needy and suffering.”

One of this year’s recipients of a Works of Mercy Trust grant, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Baton Rouge offers dozens of programs and services to those in need in our community: food services, shelter and housing, distribution centers and stores, a Uniforms for Kids program, prescription services, disaster relief and the Thirst for Justice legal clinic for underprivileged clients. Your contributions, along with gifts and grants, support their life-saving work. Give online by visiting www.svdpbr.org

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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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

Works of Mercy Trust

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In 1991, Bishop Stanley J. Ott initiated the Diocese of Baton Rouge’s Works of Mercy Trust to help fund area ministries through annual awards secured by the Works of Mercy endowment. Five worthy beneficiaries received grant awards this spring. The following organizations epitomize the kind of ministry and service for which Bishop Ott was well known, and each is a fine addition to the list of honored recipients: the Way to Work Program at HOPE Ministries of Baton Rouge; Metanoia Inc., to assist with creating a Sensory Therapy Room for human trafficking survivors; St. Vincent de Paul of Baton Rouge, to support their dentistry program; St. Agnes Catholic Church for cafeteria maintenance and renovations; and Manners of the Heart, to produce a Spanish translation of their book Raising Respectful Children in a Disrespectful World. With thanks for their devotion to the needs of others, congratulations to each worthy recipient.

STEWARDSHIP IN SCRIPTURE

“As a matter of equality, your surplus at the present time should supply their needs, so that their surplus may also supply your needs, that there may be equality.”

(2 Corinthians 8:13b-14; New American Bible, Revised Edition)

FROM THE ARCHIVES

Seeds of Instruction

From the Stewardship Today Archives, July 2011

Squirrels may be simple scavengers, but they are resourceful ones. Much of their diet is readily gathered from the base of trees, along sidewalk edges, and in collecting pockets as diverse as shingled roof valleys and blocked aluminum gutters. Encased in its protective shell, the meat of an acorn is a ready supply of food for the excitable squirrel just as it comes, resting right there on the soil. Yet, when consumed by that rich earth, its inherent potential yields more than food, for an oak provides sustenance, shade and shelter for many more animals and for people, too. A simple, innocuous seed is a truly miraculous thing....read more

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Planned Giving

Invest in Our Future

An endowed gift to the Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge today provides a brighter picture for our future. When you make a donation to our endowment, you give a gift with both immediate and long-term benefits.

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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

“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

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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