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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. Augustine of Hippo:

“The Apostle Paul declares love to be greater than the other two graces, that is greater than faith and hope. For when there is a question as to whether a man is good, we don’t ask what he believes or what he hopes, we ask what he loves.”

Catholic Life Television

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In the area of personal spiritual formation, Catholic television programming is an honored benefit. Why not begin the new year by sifting the Catholic Life Television schedule, that you might merge your weekly calendar and your favorite programs? The mission of Catholic Life Television affirms that wise plan: “to serve as an effective instrument of Catholic evangelization, through the medium of television, in support of the overall mission of the Diocese of Baton Rouge—to proclaim the Good News of God’s love made manifest in Jesus Christ.”

The Television Apostolate “will carry out its evangelization ministry by giving voice and image to the vision embodied in the Diocesan Strategic Plan for Evangelization, namely: extending an invitation to all to respond to the Good News within the fullness of the Catholic faith; offering resources for renewal within the Catholic community; sharing the Church’s desire to achieve reconciliation with those Catholics who are alienated from the community; and promoting Gospel values to assist in the transformation of the world into the Kingdom of God.”

Scheduling an evening or afternoon of instructive viewing is easy enough to do. Nationally recognized options and award-winning diocesan programs are available to stream, 24-hours a day. Join the many thousands who are better informed, and whose spiritual lives have been enhanced through the ministry. Visit www.catholiclifetv.org

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

St. Vincent de Paul

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As is true every year, The Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Baton Rouge recently served holiday meals and provided a Christmas blessing to many who might otherwise celebrate very little—also meeting the basic needs of clothing and shelter for thousands of our community’s most disadvantaged individuals. “Home may be a trailer, a friend’s guest room, or a damaged residence still unfinished,” but for many, the Society’s Bishop Ott Shelters provide almost every essential, including a home. Even though many in our area contribute faithfully to ensure a more meaningful Christmas for them, needs are ongoing, and fewer people think of January as an ideal month for charitable giving.

To begin the new year, and to assist in ministering to our neighbors throughout these often-challenging months of winter, please consider addressing those special needs. Support St. Vincent de Paul financially, or visit one of their centers and volunteer your time. Visit the website and discover the many ways you might take part. Please visit www.svdpbr.org

STEWARDSHIP IN SCRIPTURE

“The Lord said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.’ I will rather boast most gladly of my weaknesses, in order that the power of Christ may dwell with me. Therefore, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and constraints, for the sake of Christ; for when I am weak, then I am strong.”

(2 Corinthians 12: 9-10; New American Bible, Revised Edition)

FROM THE ARCHIVES

Fear and the Light

From the Stewardship Today Archives, January 2005

A child’s world changes when the light switch is turned off. The same is true for our elderly family members. Fear and light are inversely proportional. The lights dim, and the measuring bar on the fear meter heads the other direction. Night lights help a bit. Motion detectors and security lights make a difference....read more

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Planned Giving

Is Giving One of Your Resolutions This Year?

 

Here Are 5 Guidelines to Help You Reach Your Goals

The start of a new year often brings with it a list of goals people would like to accomplish in the coming twelve months. Such a list can include a desire to be more charitable, to volunteer more, or even to learn a new skill.

If you have resolved to be more generous this year, here are five guidelines to help you reach your goals.

Read more . . .

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 holiday film Home Alone remains a seasonal favorite, repeatedly replayed on television from Thanksgiving to Christmas. Though fans of the film recall young Kevin’s skill in protecting his home and the slapstick antics that befall the two would-be “Wet Bandits,” a poignant vignette is sandwiched between these memorable scenes. Having overheard the bandits plan to rob his home at nine in the evening, Kevin makes a trip to the store for incidentals and supplies. He bolts when he sees an elderly neighbor misunderstood by the children in the neighborhood as a threatening presence. As Kevin begins to walk home, he passes house after house in which families are celebrating together. Noticeably saddened by the absence of his own family, his attention is drawn to the Christmas music coming from a nearby church.

He enters, and his gaze tracks from stained glass windows to statuary to the children’s choir singing “O Holy Night.” Removing his gloves and cap, he takes a seat in a vacant pew only to realize he has settled in across from that elderly neighbor. The gentleman greets a fearful Kevin and begins a conversation about the troubling situations both of them face. “When you’re feeling bad about yourself, this is the place to be,” he says. In a film complete with a life-sized cardboard cutout of Michael Jordan dancing to “Rocking Around the Christmas Tree,” and home invaders welcomed with everything from tar to broken glass and flying paint cans, the dialogue in the church scene is particularly notable. In fact, whether at holiday time or at any other, whether in good times or in bad, regardless of how a person feels, a parish church “is the place to be.”

Psalm 122, a psalm of David, is a wonderful song that communicates a similar message about a different place and a different time. For him, the city of Jerusalem and its temple of God offered “the place to be.” As he wrote, “I rejoiced when they said to me, ‘Let us go the house of the Lord.’ ” “Here the tribes have come,” he continued, “to give thanks to the name of the Lord.” It’s true of course. Our theology encourages us to worship together in a house of prayer, yet we also acknowledge the presence of the Spirit of God within each believing person.

That personal presence, however, doesn’t negate the real blessing afforded those who gather with others of like mind and heart. In seasons like this, that reality is especially true, maybe even more for those “feeling bad” for whatever reason. The house of God—a cathedral of praise and prayer—is a place where we are both at home and never alone. It is the place to be.

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.
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