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CATHOLIC SAINTS ON STEWARDSHIP

From St. John the Damascus:

“God’s law enters our mind and draws it to itself by stirring up conscience, which itself is called the law of our mind.”

Lenten Prayer

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This year, we usher in the month of March the week of Ash Wednesday and introduce another Season of Lent. Many associate Ash Wednesday and Lent with the idea of sacrifice. We’re asked, “What are you giving up for Lent?” Fasting on certain days or for certain times each day, setting aside the six weeks prior to Easter and denying ourselves some of the pleasures we’d ordinarily enjoy—these are all common observances. In the old Western church, Lent (which in ancient languages interestingly meant springtime) was originally a time for new communicant members of the Body to prepare for public baptism, a sober, prayerful time of awareness and self-examination. Others in the Church joined with new converts, fasting with them as a means of identifying with the need to remain faithful and aware of the call to confess sin, ask for forgiveness, and pursue a meaningful relationship with the Lord. This is actually an aspect of Lent common in much of the Church again today. Some minister to others, offering works of service. Doing so, they extend help and hope to those less fortunate.

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,]


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FROM THE ARCHIVES

In Prayer, at All Times

From the Stewardship Today Archives, March 2007

In our daily readings, we are constantly directed to the Psalms. All of them are songs. Many of them are prayers. Reading and meditating on the truths contained within them is devotion. The following verses are found in Psalm 27: “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom do I fear? Hear my voice, Lord, when I call; have mercy on me and answer. You are my help, God my savior!” ...read more

LOCAL DIOCESAN NEWS

Rosaryville Events

Rosaryville Spirit Life Center has scheduled prayer retreats for the weekends of March 15 to 17, and March 22 to 24. To register for either or both of these events, visit www.catholicretreatcenter.org, or call (225) 294-5039.

Diocesan News Page

 

St. John Baptist de la Salle

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From materials provided through the diocesan Office of Evangelization and Catechesis, “We 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.” Additional information—including the many ways parishioners might take part—are available through the Office of Evangelization and Catechesis, www.evangcatbr.org/light

STEWARDSHIP IN SCRIPTURE

“My beloved brothers, be firm, steadfast, always fully devoted to the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.”

(1 Corinthians 15:58; New American Bible, Revised Edition)

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Planned Giving

5 Steps to a Better Estate Plan

By planning your estate now, you create a legacy that reflects your preferences. You can do this by creating a secure future for your loved ones and also ensuring your support for the places, people and causes close to your heart.

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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

LINKS WE RECOMMEND

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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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Listening Ears, Trained Tongue

 

“The Lord has given me a well-trained tongue, that I might know how to speak to the weary a word that will rouse them. Morning after morning he opens my ear that I may hear.” In our culture, there is almost no silence and so much noise, the voice of the Almighty is all but drowned out. Elite automakers illustrate their quiet ride with video of a driver raising electric windows and the growing silence within the car. Unfortunately, they follow this inviting picture with news of the latest Sirius or XM radio package, noting how well an iPod will interface with the car’s technology, before offering a sample of the concert sound that fills the interior with soaring treble and punishing bass. We have a great need for meaningful engagement, but little time for other people, maybe less for God. Were he to speak to us through another, would we even know?

Isaiah writes that ears are for hearing from God, and the tongue is for sharing with others the wisdom the Lord imparts. That’s different. God’s wisdom can certainly encourage us, but the prophet suggests such wisdom might, most significantly, be available for the encouragement of another. That would be a far different practice for most people. So, what might we learn here? Begin the morning, listening to the word of the Lord, at Mass, from Scripture, from the wise counsel of his servants, in his creation. And train not only your ears, but also train your tongue to be a conduit for the Lord’s wisdom that you might also “speak to the weary a word that will rouse them.”

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