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CATHOLIC SAINTS ON STEWARDSHIP

From St. John Eudes:

“The accomplishment of the divine will is the sole end for which we are in the world.”

 

Works of Mercy Trust

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In 1991, beloved Bishop Stanley J. Ott initiated the Diocese of Baton Rouge’s Works of Mercy Trust to help fund area ministries through annual awards secured by the Works of Mercy endowment. Four worthy beneficiaries have received grant awards this spring. The following four organizations epitomize the kind of ministry and service for which Bishop Ott was well known, and each is a fine addition to the list of honored recipients: the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, Metanoia Inc, Saint Vincent de Paul of Baton Rouge, and St. Margaret Queen of Scotland Catholic Church in Albany. With thanks for such commitment to others, congratulations to each organization.

 

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FROM THE ARCHIVES

Blame and Responsibility

From the Stewardship Today Archives, June 2010

Only four women are specifically listed in the genealogy of Jesus found in the first chapter of the Gospel of Matthew. One, the mother of Solomon, is not even mentioned by name—referred to simply as the “wife of Uriah.” Those familiar with the story know the name Bathsheba, the young woman whose husband Uriah was an officer in King David’s army. With his soldiers at war, David remained behind and witnessed Bathsheba bathing on a nearby rooftop. Lusting after her, he arranged to have Uriah killed in battle. Tragically, before Solomon’s birth, Bathsheba lost the child that was the initial product of the king’s illicit actions....read more

LOCAL DIOCESAN NEWS

Blessings Mission

Students entering 10th through 12th grades are encouraged to join a St. Thomas More Church-sponsored local Blessings Mission, to run June 18 to June 23. For more information, please visit www.blessingsmission.org, or call (225) 275-3940.

Diocesan News Page

Catholic Life Television

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The mission of the Diocese of Baton Rouge’s television apostolate is clearly stated on the ministry website: “The mission of Catholic Life Television is 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.

“Catholic Life Television 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.”

To access the station’s web pages, and to watch live streaming programs, connect through the following link: http://www.catholiclifetv.org

STEWARDSHIP IN SCRIPTURE

“The reaper is already receiving his payment and gathering crops for eternal life, so that the sower and reaper can rejoice together. For here the saying is verified that ‘One sows and another reaps.’ I sent you to reap what you have not worked for; others have done the work, and you are sharing the fruits of their work.”

(John 4:36-38; New American Bible, Revised Edition)

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Planned Giving

Consider a Gift of Real Estate


If you’ve lost interest in home maintenance, grown tired of paying property taxes on a vacation home you no longer use, or need only a portion of the living space you currently own, you may be ready to make a move. But before you summon the energy to put your home on the market, think about a charitable gift.

If you would like to help fulfill our mission, your property can open the door to a unique giving opportunity: Donate the property to the Diocese of Baton Rouge, either now or whenever you no longer need it. You can give the property to us now, retain the use of it for life, give us partial use, place it in trust, or offer it as a bequest in your will.

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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

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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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. “Then the devil took Jesus up and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in a single instant. The devil said to him, ‘I shall give to you all this power and their glory; for it has been handed over to me, and I may give it to whomever I wish. All this will be yours, if you worship me.’ ” Nothing doing.

“Then the devil led Jesus to Jerusalem, made him stand on the parapet of the temple, and said to him, ‘If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here, for it is written: He will command his angels concerning you, to guard you. Jesus said to him in reply, ‘It also says, You shall not put the Lord, your God, to the test.’ ” The devil left him, but left us a measure of the temptations we continue to face.

Is the desire to have all we want—when we want it—enough to cloud our judgment? Do we seek power to the exclusion of wisdom and discretion? Does the longing for acceptance act like a narcotic, dulling our ability to choose wisely? Who do we worship? What do we worship? On what do we place ultimate value? When we are fatigued, physically or spiritually famished, lonely, anxious about tomorrow, aimless and weary, we tend to make poor choices. We sin. At times, universal values are nothing more than universal pleasures. If we focus on the God of the universe, we find ourselves more dependent on him, capable of making choices that honor the Lord and actually serve our best purposes too.

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