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From St. Cyril of Jerusalem:

“Have you run so many circles of the years bustling vainly about the world, and yet you don’t have forty days to be free for prayer for your own soul’s sake?”

The Stewardship of Prayer



St Paul challenged first century Christians to maintain a high standard of spiritual commitment. “Whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus.” Perhaps no Catholic practice is more reflective of that commitment than a parishioner’s determination to pray. We model Scripture and the teachings of the Church. “Pray without ceasing.” “In all circumstances, give thanks.” “Ask, and you will receive. Seek, and you will find. Knock, and the door will be opened to you.” And, in a parable Jesus told his listeners, “pray always without becoming weary.”

Believing God’s Spirit is always with us, we whisper requests and the desires of our hearts, knowing God hears each one. We pray throughout the day, often with no one knowing. Called to the Mass, in worship with fellow parishioners, we join in prayers together as a people of faith, and then we carry our Catholic practices with us—through silent meditation, contemplative prayer, the Rosary or Novena. In each practice, and through each prayer, we develop strong and healthy devotional lives, one of our most vital practices during the Season of Lent.


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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Theology on Tap

Thursday, January 30, the meeting of Theology on Tap will welcome Dr. Edward Sri, Catholic author and professor of theology at the Augustine Institute located in Denver. The group will gather at 4 PM at the Tin Roof Brewery, 1624 Wyoming Street in Baton Rouge. Visit for more details.

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The Light Is ON For You



Through the diocesan Office of Evangelization and Catechesis, “We will soon 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.” Later this month, detailed information—including the many ways you might take part—will be available through the Office of Evangelization and Catechesis,


“When you pray, go to your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you. Your Father knows what you need before you ask him.”

(Matthew 5:6, 8b; New American Bible, Revised Edition)


Let’s Serve God, Not Our Stuff

From the Stewardship Today Archives, February 2011

The author of the Old Testament Book of Deuteronomy astutely wrote, “It is the Lord, your God, who gives you the power to acquire wealth.” Only a few paragraphs prior to that revealing statement, we also read the following familiar passage: “Love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength.” more

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Planned Giving

The FAQs on the SECURE Act

The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act was enacted Jan. 1, 2020. With it came many questions for those who are planning for retirement, retired or who are retiring in the near future.


Read more . . .

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:

February 2020 

Stewardship: A Louisiana Legacy


Please Support the BAA



Hope in the Lord. No matter the struggles we face, Jesus Christ is our hope and greater than any perceived difficulty or challenge. Our lives are a gift from God and, in gratitude, we acknowledge that all we do as faithful Catholics is motivated by our confidence in the salvation God promises the Church, his children.


Please join Bishop Michael G. Duca, whose motto echoes this year’s theme. Your generous gifts in support of the Bishop’s Annual Appeal express your love for God and will help meet the needs of others who see Christ in you. Hold fast to the faith. Hope in the Lord. And please give in support of the BAA.

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The Stewardship of Prayer

StewardshipLasting Restoration and Loving Redemption

A fresh coat of paint. A repaved roadway and a patched pair of jeans. A new roof, a casted break in an arm, and a refurbished breach in an earthen dam. We understand restoration. We value repair and have among our number those gifted to fix and refurbish whatever needs attention. But only God can fully restore, completely correct, clean and repair the lasting internal damage of our selfish disobedience and sin. . . .read more

The Clarity of Light
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The Stewardship of Ministry

ministryWalk This Way

In our relationships with others, how are we to live? Other than the world lives. Distinctly. Differently. As faithful Catholics, contrary to the world’s expectations. So, what does that look like? “Get even,” many say. “No. Turn the other cheek,” Jesus advised. “Hate your enemies. Practice an eye for an eye,” the world suggests. But Jesus said, “Love your enemies.” “Dismiss those who disagree with you, anyone who might do you harm,” we are told. “No. Pray for those who persecute you,” the Lord taught.. . .read more


Fully Devoted ... read more

The Stewardship of Finance

FinanceThe Value of Light and Salt


In the apostolic era, a light was a flame. It had been so since the dawn of humankind and would be true for millennia to come. Even with ever-present electric and battery-operated sources of light, our candles, fireplaces and campfires preserve a timeless picture. Our British friends still refer to a flashlight as a torch, the ancient term for a portable light source, and we acknowledge that light as a symbol of vision, clarity and hope. . . .read more


I Know Exactly What’s Happening ... read more

In the Scriptures, our people are shown to be made one; so that just as many grains collected into one and ground and mingled together make one loaf, so in Christ, who is the heavenly Bread, we know there is one body, in which our whole company is joined and united.”   

                                                                               St. Hilary of Poitiers


“Heaven is filled with converted sinners of all kinds, and there is room for more.”   

                                                                               St. Joseph Cafas


What language shall I borrow to thank Thee, dearest Friend? For this, Thy dying sorrow, Thy pity without end? O make me Thine forever, and should I feinting be, Lord, let me never, never outlive my love for Thee!”   

                                                                               St. Bernard of Clairvaux

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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