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Planned Giving

Turn Your Annual Gift into a Forever Gift


Annual gifts are a critical lifeline to the Diocese of Baton Rouge. Without them, we couldn’t fully fund our work. If you’re an annual donor, you know firsthand the satisfaction that comes from making a difference—and we deeply appreciate your generosity. But as you look to the future, you may wonder what will happen to the programs made possible through your gifts once you’re gone. How can you make sure your generosity continues forever?

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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 Home There, and Never Alone

The holiday film Home Alone remains a seasonal favorite, repeatedly replayed on television from Thanksgiving to Christmas. Though fans of the film recall young Kevin’s skill in protecting his home and the slapstick antics that befall the two would-be “Wet Bandits,” a poignant vignette is sandwiched between these memorable scenes. Having overheard the bandits plan to rob his home at nine in the evening, Kevin makes a trip to the store for incidentals and supplies. He bolts when he sees an elderly neighbor misunderstood by the children in the neighborhood as a threatening presence. As Kevin begins to walk home, he passes house after house in which families are celebrating together. Noticeably saddened by the absence of his own family, his attention is drawn to the Christmas music coming from a nearby church.

He enters, and his gaze tracks from stained glass windows to statuary to the children’s choir singing “O Holy Night.” Removing his gloves and cap, he takes a seat in a vacant pew only to realize he has settled in across from that elderly neighbor. The gentleman greets a fearful Kevin and begins a conversation about the troubling situations both of them face. “When you’re feeling bad about yourself, this is the place to be,” he says. In a film complete with a life-sized cardboard cutout of Michael Jordan dancing to “Rocking Around the Christmas Tree,” and home invaders welcomed with everything from tar to broken glass and flying paint cans, the dialogue in the church scene is particularly notable. In fact, whether at holiday time or at any other, whether in good times or in bad, regardless of how a person feels, a parish church “is the place to be.”

Psalm 122, a psalm of David, is a wonderful song that communicates a similar message about a different place and a different time. For him, the city of Jerusalem and its temple of God offered “the place to be.” As he wrote, “I rejoiced when they said to me, ‘Let us go the house of the Lord.’ ” “Here the tribes have come,” he continued, “to give thanks to the name of the Lord.” It’s true of course. Our theology encourages us to worship together in a house of prayer, yet we also acknowledge the presence of the Spirit of God within each believing person.

That personal presence, however, doesn’t negate the real blessing afforded those who gather with others of like mind and heart. In seasons like this, that reality is especially true, maybe even more for those “feeling bad” for whatever reason. The house of God—a cathedral of praise and prayer—is a place where we are both at home and never alone. It is the place to be.

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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