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Theology on Tap

Scott Smith, assistant state attorney general, will speak on the subject of religious freedom at Theology on Tap, hosted by the Tin Roof Brewery, 1624 Wyoming Street in Baton Rouge on Thursday, September 7, from 7 to 9 PM. For more info on all upcoming Red Stick Catholic events, visit

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Planned Giving

How To Keep Your Documents Safe

What Should and Should Not Go in a Safe-Deposit Box

Where do you keep important documents such as your will, mortgage papers and birth certificates? Are they tucked away in a desk drawer or stuffed into your filing cabinet? There’s a better place for them.

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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:

Others Are Watching

The busy corner convenience store had been losing money slowly but steadily for days. Clearly concerned, the owner decided to add a camera to his existing security system. Though painful to consider, he was afraid the cause of his losses was internal theft, so he added a camera trained on his clerks. Three days later, his assistant manager brought him one of the discs. “I didn’t expect this. You’re going to be surprised,” she said. “We caught somebody stealing from us?” the owner asked. “We caught somebody all right, but not stealing.” Three minutes into the recording, the longtime retailer watched one of his youngest employees pull money out of her purse to pay for a bottle of water and a sandwich for a construction worker who seemed to have forgotten his wallet. By the close of her shift, she had been equally generous with two other customers. “We haven’t found the thief,” the assistant manager said, “But this was kind of nice. I thought you’d want to see it too.”

A hidden camera catches thieves. It also catches the generous. A camera will film a robber, but will capture the Good Samaritan too. Neutral and dispassionate, a security camera captures it all. The very observant among us are somewhat similar. A bit more biased than a security camera, we still have the ability to see things others overlook. Jesus reminded his disciples that the world is watching. “Love one another,” he told them. “As I have loved you, so you also should love one another. This is how all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:34-35). The world notes the church’s mistakes but can just as readily witness the best we have to offer—our love and our compassion. Others are watching.

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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