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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.

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Planned Giving

Invest in Our Future

An endowed gift to the Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge today provides a brighter picture for our future. When you make a donation to our endowment, you give a gift with both immediate and long-term benefits.

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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

At the End of the Journey

Ask any diligent high school honor student what all the hard work is for, and you’ll get a fairly predictable answer. “I’m working hard, so that I can earn a scholarship to a really good college.” That’s expected and sounds about right. It’s what many would say is important. Go one step further and ask a senior at the university what all the hard work is for, and the response will be similar: “I’m working hard, so that I can choose from a variety of really good job offers when I graduate.” No earth rattling revelation there, of course—we’re convinced that’s what the journey of education is all about.

So, what follows? What’s next? Good grades, a promising entry level job, a series of promotions and moves, marriage, maybe kids, a bigger house, more responsibility, better pay, a sense power and authority, independence and respect, then solid retirement. Maybe health. Yes, that’s what we work for. In effect, it is the substance we pursue—the carrot just beyond our reach, the promise of reward each step of the way, and the treasure at the end of the journey. We want financial independence, the esteem of our peers, and a secure future. It’s what we’re after, and we encourage our children to do the same thing.

Well, what does the biblical apostle suggest? In the sixth chapter of his initial pastoral letter to St. Timothy, St. Paul offered significantly contrasting advice: “Pursue righteousness, devotion, faith, love, patience, and gentleness. Compete well for the faith. Lay hold of eternal life, to which you were called when you made the noble confession in the presence of many witnesses.” On the one hand, we have jobs, houses, financial security and authority. Righteousness, faith and gentleness are quite different goals. And the term St. Paul uses in a quest to acquire them is translated pursue, an engagingly determined pursuit to obtain. To desire righteousness, devotion and faith would be one thing. To actively pursue them is another. We understand pursuit; we just don’t equate it with patience and gentleness. No wonder our lives are stress-laden. Our priorities are imbalanced. It’s for our own good that we pursue the right things.

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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