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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.

Here are 5 simple ways that ensure your estate plan reflects your desires.

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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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March 2019 

Stewardship: A Louisiana Legacy


 

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For decades, contributors to the Bishop’s Annual Appeal have extended the love of God to our neighbors, fellow parishioners and friends. A timeless call directs us to all those who long for our care and compassion throughout the Diocese of Baton Rouge. Investing the blessings God has granted, we honor the Lord as we serve and as we give. It is Christ’s example, and we Follow the Shepherd’s Lead.

Because we desire to be good stewards of God’s blessing, we purposefully support efforts like the BAA, aware that the collective gifts of many faithful parishioners can accomplish much. Through your generous contributions, you address others’ needs, and you point them to Jesus Christ, the shepherd of us all. Please give to support the work of the Bishop’s Annual Appeal.

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The Stewardship of Prayer


prayer march2019We Believe in One Worthy of Honor

 

The very heart of the Gospel proclaims the vitality of Catholic belief. We believe. From St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans, we find this truth affirmed. “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For one believes with the heart and so is justified, and one confesses with the mouth and so is saved” (Romans 10:9-10). ....read more

 


I Am Sorry, Lord
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The Stewardship of Ministry


ministry march2019Restoring Our Sight


The great British naval commander Horatio Nelson was blind in one eye. When Lord Nelson was fighting the Battle of Copenhagen, his senior officer, Sir Hyde Parker, hoisted the flag signaling retreat. Nelson deliberately put his telescope to his blind eye and said, “I do not see retreat. Here, I do not see defeat.” If he had surrendered when all seemed lost, he would not have captured twelve Danish ships. Daily, we fight a battle for perspective, often unaware our spiritual enemy will hoist his flag, trying to discourage us. With humility, we wisely monitor our limited vision in the lens, and keep in mind the grinding struggle for our souls.. . .read more

 

Please, Listen to This ... read more

The Stewardship of Finance


finance march2019The Seed of Sacrifice

 

“Unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit. Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will preserve it for eternal life” (John 12:24-25). The possibility of life? Sure. But, few think of a common, ordinary seed as something that is alive. And yet, pointing to a seed’s inherent potential for fruitful life, Jesus used this metaphor to indicate what life is really all about. It doesn’t simply rest in what we store up, collect, cling to, or amass, Most importantly, the value of life is defined by what we are willing to give up.. . .read more

 

The Shame of Blatant Sin ... read more


“Our Lord himself I saw in this venerable sacrament of prayer. I felt as if my chains fell, as those of St. Peter at the touch of the divine messenger. My God, what new scenes for my soul!”   

                                                                               St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

 

“Confession heals, confession justifies, confession grants pardon of sin, all hope consists in confession; in confession there is a chance for mercy.”   

                                                                               St. Isidore of Seville

 

“If you want to flee from God, flee to him instead. Flee to him by confessing to him; don’t flee from him by trying to hide. For you can’t hide, but you can confess.”   

                                                                               St. Augustine of Hippo

 

“Have you sinned? Go into church and wipe out your sin. As often as you might fall down in the marketplace, you pick yourself up again. So too, as often as you sin, repent of your sin. Do not despair.”    

                                                                               St. John Chrysostom

 

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