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CATHOLIC SAINTS ON STEWARDSHIP

From St. Basil the Great:

“The Lord was baptized, not to be cleansed himself, but to cleanse the waters, so that those waters, cleansed by the flesh of Christ who knew no sin, might have the power of baptism.”

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, so that you might merge your weekly calendar and your favorite programs? The mission of Catholic Life Television affirms that as a 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 offerings 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

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: https://thebyrc.org

THE STEWARD'S BOOKSHELF

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FROM THE ARCHIVES

Bruised, But Not Broken

From the Stewardship Today Archives, January 2007

Successful modern horse trainers think it unfortunate that the various stages involved in training a horse are often known as horse breaking. The act of breaking a horse in a far gentler manner than that suggested by the term might surprise some. Because horses have long been essential contributors to commerce, transportation and warfare, historic documents related to their training are readily available. ...read more

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. Elizabeth Ann Seton

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A convert to Roman Catholicism, Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton is a prominent figure in the history of the Catholic Church in America. She was the founder of the first sisterhood begun in the United States, the American Sisters of Charity, and was the first native-born American to be canonized. Her devotion to the poor and other oppressed people continues to bear fruit through her many significant contributions in the field of education.

In Butler’s influential Lives of the Saints, Paul Burns has written, “She and her Congregation are rightly regarded as founders of the parochial school system. Their work has spread to South as well as North America, to Italy, and to mission territories; they staff hospitals, child-care institutions, homes for the aged and disabled, and schools at every level.”

She spoke of her care of the suffering poor in the following prayer: “Our Father, You say all things work together for our good if we are faithful to You. Therefore, if You ordain it, through disappointment and poverty, sickness and pain, even shame and contempt, You will support us with the consolation of Your grace and compensate us for any temporal suffering by the possession of that peace which the world can neither give nor take away.”

STEWARDSHIP IN SCRIPTURE

“God is able to make every grace abundant for you, so that in all things, always having all you need, you may have an abundance for every good work.”

(2 Corinthians 9:8; New American Bible, Revised Edition)

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Including a gift in your will is a thoughtful way to support the causes and organizations that are close to your heart—respected institutions like the Diocese of Baton Rouge, for example. It’s an easy way to support our mission in the future without using any of your assets today. Consider two special features that make this a popular type of gift: flexibility and versatility.

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The US Conference of Catholic Bishops
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The Vatican Website
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Bruised, But Not Broken

Successful modern horse trainers think it unfortunate that the various stages involved in training a horse are often known as horse breaking. The act of breaking a horse in a far gentler manner than that suggested by the term might surprise some. Because horses have long been essential contributors to commerce, transportation and warfare, historic documents related to their training are readily available. For example, On Horsemanship was written in 350 BC by a contemporary of Alexander the Great, the Greek statesman and historian Xenophon, an accomplished soldier who championed the non-abusive training of horses. To such a horseman—as with many others before and since—it is possible to bend the will without breaking it.

The Old Testament prophet Isaiah foretold the coming Messiah and described him as one who lovingly embraces the already bruised, individuals he would never break. “Here is my servant whom I uphold, my chosen one with whom I am pleased, upon whom I have put my spirit; he shall bring forth justice to the nations, not crying out, not shouting, not making his voice heard in the street; a bruised reed he shall not break, and a smoldering wick he shall not quench.” The hurting and bruised are in need of comfort and love, not further heartache and added discipline. Jesus embraced the poor, the marginalized and the sick. He offered them healing and a hand of mercy, not a rod of discipline. The hurting among us may need healing, they may need correction, they may need direction, but the bruised certainly do not need more pain. Bruised, but not broken.

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