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From St. Ephraem the Syrian:

“In this night that belongs to the meek One, let there be nothing high or haughty. In this day of pardoning, let us not exact punishment for trespasses. In this day of gladness, let us not spread sadness.”

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Please consider your involvement in Catholic Charities of Baton Rouge annual program, “The Community Comes Together for Christmas.” From Catholic Charities’ web pages, we read, “Sponsor a family through Catholic Charities’ Community Comes Together for Christmas Program and make their season as joyous as yours! Many of the families served by Catholic Charities rely on the generosity of our donors at Christmas to make the holidays bright. These single mothers, grandparents raising grandchildren, and seniors struggle throughout the year to meet needs on meager budgets. This year, please give the gift of Christmas to those in need.”

Visit to register, choose a family or families to sponsor, and discover how you can help, providing Christmas blessings to those in need.


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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Evening of Reflection

Marcie Buckle, a member of the diocesan Pastoral Planning Task Force and a consultant with the Louisiana Department of Education is the scheduled guest speaker for a Women of the Well evening of reflection, Tuesday night, December 10, at St. Patrick Church, 12424 Brodgon Lane, in Baton Rouge. Please join for a social gathering at 6:30 prior to the beginning of the two-hour program at 7. Visit for additional information.

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Give Catholic on Giving Tuesday


On December 3, generous individuals from the Diocese of Baton Rouge will contribute in support of worthy organizations and ministries through a global effort known as Giving Tuesday. In support of diocesan ministries, and to celebrate our Catholic faith, please make your special gift “to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, give shelter to the homeless, and preserve our Catholic heritage for future generations, giving through #iGiveCatholic.” Please visit the website and discover ways you might participate by giving to support local and regional ministries: If, for any reason, you happen to miss this great opportunity to contribute, please visit the site, the Office of Stewardship web page, or options in your own Catholic parish, and give in support of worthy ministries this holiday season.




“A voice proclaims: In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord! Make straight in the wasteland a highway for our God! Every valley shall be lifted up, every mountain and hill made low; the rugged land shall be a plain, the rough country, a broad valley. Then the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together; for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”

(Isaiah 40: 3-5; New American Bible, Revised Edition)


At Home There, and Never Alone

From the Stewardship Today Archives, December 2007

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 more

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Planned Giving

Turn Your Annual Gift into a Forever Gift

Annual gifts are a critical lifeline to the Diocese of Baton Rouge. Without them, we couldn’t fully fund our work. If you’re an annual donor, you know firsthand the satisfaction that comes from making a difference—and we deeply appreciate your generosity. But as you look to the future, you may wonder what will happen to the programs made possible through your gifts once you’re gone. How can you make sure your generosity continues forever?

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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 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.
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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