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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

Work Hard, Quietly and Well

Professional basketball icon Michael Jordan famously said, “There is no ‘I’ in team, but there is in win.” The inference is clear. The great hardwood star’s sport of choice is not merely a stage for individual achievement but an arena for group accomplishment—and the best teams win, not because they are comprised of talented players, but because they play efficiently and well together. In an age of me-first, self-glorifying narcissism, the notion is far from the norm. Rare, too, is the idea that self-sufficient hard work is a virtue. We hear “Who is going to provide me with a job?” rather than the more esteemed, “What kind of work might I initiate that best provides for me and my family?” Juggling the finer points of personal behavior becomes difficult when the burdens of culture and economy weigh on people who simply want to put in a good day’s work with no thought for attention or applause.

“Look at me,” people say. “I want it my way,” we hear. “What have you done for me lately?” we are asked. Well, in 2 Thessalonians, St. Paul warms to quite different standards. “One must imitate us,” the Apostle wrote. “For we did not act in a disorderly way among you, nor did we eat food received free from anyone. On the contrary, in toil and drudgery, night and day we worked, so as not to burden any of you. Not that we do not have the right. Rather, we wanted to present ourselves as a model for you, so that you might imitate us. In fact, when we were with you, we instructed you that if anyone was unwilling to work, neither should that one eat. We hear that some are conducting themselves among you in a disorderly way, by not keeping busy but minding the business of others. Such people we instruct and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to work quietly and to eat their own food.”

If you want to eat, then you must work. On one level, that sounds harsh. Yet, on another, it seems completely reasonable. What the Apostle knew, most clearly, was the spiritual and psychological benefit that accrues to those God equips with the ability to work and provide. They refused to “mind the business of others,” but “working quietly,” they left us with an example worth imitating, at times “in toil and drudgery,” St. Paul and his fellow laborers worked hard and burdened no one, asking others to pay attention neither to them nor to their needs, but to their example of humble dependence on God.

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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