From St. Gregory the Great:

“The weight of fear is the anchor of the heart.”

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“Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.” Aims of Catholic educators, those goals stretch the celebration of Catholic Schools Week well beyond the last week of January this year. In a recent Catholic Commentator article, Dr. Melanie Verges, the Superintendent of Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Baton Rouge, wrote the following: “Catholic Schools Week affords us the opportunity to reflect on the gift that Catholic schools are to our families, community, nation and church in Evangelizing Hearts, Educating Minds, Encouraging Talent and Embracing the Future for young people.”

As noted in the USCCB press release, “nearly 1.8 million students are currently educated in 6,352 Catholic schools in cities, suburbs, small towns and rural communities around the country.” In the greater Diocese of Baton Rouge, over a thousand instructors teach nearly 15,000 elementary and secondary students in the dozens of schools that comprise the system. Student/teacher ratios average thirteen to one in the lower grades and an outstanding nine to one in secondary schools. One hundred percent of high school seniors graduate!


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One of the six recipients of this year’s Works of Mercy Trust grants is the Baton Rouge Youth Coalition (BRYC), an organization founded by high school teacher Daniel Kahn in 2009 to help “high-achieving but under-resourced high school students enter, excel in, and graduate from college so they can become full participants in society.” Staff members and volunteer supporters achieve this goal through activities as diverse as educational and recreational camps and retreats, service programs, partnerships with related organizations, instructional coursework, life skill preparation, and opportunities to work with professional mentors who serve in a great variety of business and government disciplines. More than two hundred young people are involved in various programs this year alone. Visit the informative website for additional information:


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Universal Values

From the Stewardship Today Archives, January 2010

The ability to have anything you want, when you want it. Power and glory. Respect and influence. Timeless pursuits, these are the universal values of those who run ahead of the pack. The enemy believed he could tempt Jesus Christ with exactly these things. After the Savior fasted for forty days in the wilderness, the devil appeared to him. “The devil said to him, ‘If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.’ ” Jesus quoted applicable Scripture and remained sinless. more


Amazing Half Marathon

Make plans now to support the 4th Annual Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital Amazing Half Marathon, set for Saturday, March 9. The half marathon, 10K, 5K and Kids runs feature downtown starts and the chance to run through some of the most engaging neighborhoods in the city. Register now at

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St. John Baptist de la Salle


He may have been born into a wealthy family, but John Baptist de la Salle left a life of ease and the favor of an aristocratic education to become “the great champion of the education of the poor.” Not only did the saint establish schools, but he personally trained a great many of their teachers and secured facilities in which they could educate the poor French children that populated the entire Normandy area of France and beyond. Like St. Benedict, he created a Rule for members of his staff and required them all to become familiar—not just with their principle area of instruction, but—with the teachings of the New Testament.

At his direction, St. John and a select few took vows and formed the “Brothers of the Christian Schools,” an extensive ministry still a presence in well over eighty different countries around the world. Today, the Christian Brothers minister to nearly three quarters of a million students worldwide, a wonderful legacy of devotion to the aims of the Patron Saint of Christian Teachers. In addition to his work as an administrator and classroom instructor, St. John Baptist de la Salle authored several volumes of devotional studies.

In his Method of Mental Prayer, the educator shared his thoughts regarding the interior life: “Mental prayer is an interior activity whereby the soul applies itself to God. It is so called to distinguish it from vocal prayer which is partly an activity of the body, since it is produced by the mouth, but at the same time is an activity of the mind which should be involved in it. Mental prayer is called an interior activity because the soul busies itself therein with that which is proper to it in this life—to know God and to love him and to take all the means needed to achieve both these ends.”


Jesus said, “I will show you what someone is like who comes to me, listens to my words, and acts on them. That one is like a person building a house, who dug deeply and laid the foundation on rock; when the flood came, the river burst against that house but could not shake it because it had been well built.”

(Luke 6:47-48; New American Bible, Revised Edition)

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If you hear “planned giving” and think it’s only for people older or wealthier than you—or that it’s just too confusing—you’re not alone. However, planned giving is for people of all ages and any economic status, and it doesn’t have to be difficult.

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You’ve heard it before. Among many others, Mark Twain noted our odd preference for work on behalf of those we don’t really know. Tom Sawyer found how easy it was to enlist kids to paint a fence that didn’t belong to them while they avoided painting their own. Well, is it sensible to allow our children to earn spending money cutting someone else’s lawn, if they avoid cutting the one at home? Sometimes, it just seems easier to serve others than those we know best, those with whom we’re emotionally involved.

We do know best those with whom we live and work. We know their wants. We know their needs. And, we certainly know what we might do on their behalf. We see the leaves that need raking. We see closets that could use a cleaning. We know of trees that could use a trim, garages that need sorting, and errands that could be coordinated and run. The person in need could very well be someone who shares your name or your address. Maybe both.

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