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Prayer Service for New Bishop

The Diocese of Baton Rouge will host a prayer service at St. George Church, 7808 St. George Street in Baton Rouge, for Bishop-designate Michael G. Duca on the evening before his installation as the sixth bishop of Baton Rouge. The service is scheduled for Thursday evening, August 23, at 7 PM, and will also be simulcast online at www.facebook.com/catholiclifetv

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Planned Giving

Avoid These 7 Charitable Giving Mistakes


You give because you want to make a difference, but you—and the causes you care about—may not be getting the most from your charitable giving. Learn to avoid the following common giving mistakes to ensure you and the organizations you support may reap the greatest benefit from your generosity.

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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

Voice of Wisdom, Voice of Folly

Dr. Edward de Bono is the noted author of dozens of books, exploring the subjects of creative thinking and learning processes. Some have called him an expert, a term he’s chosen to define as follows: “An expert is someone who has succeeded in making decisions and judgments simpler, through knowing what to pay attention to and what to ignore.” Other social commentators may disagree with his definition, but few would argue with his assessment—a level of discernment that recognizes “what to pay attention to and what to ignore” is fruitful wisdom indeed.

Ours is a boisterous, busy and chaotic culture. The ability to know which ‘experts’ to cite with even a measure of discriminate skill is as difficult as knowing which voice aligns with what member of a shouting crowd. There are too many teachers, too many books, and too many competing ideas. Where do we turn? Who is truly worthy of our attention? Who has the depth of experience worthy of concentrated respect? The Old Testament prophet Jeremiah indicated the Creator “established the world by his wisdom.” The writer of Proverbs suggests ‘she’ calls aloud to all those who pay attention still.

Chapter nine opens with the following words: “Wisdom has built her house, she has set up her seven columns; she has dressed her meat, mixed her wine, yes, she has spread her table. She has sent out her maidens; she calls from the heights out over the city; ‘Let whoever is simple turn in here; to him who lacks understanding, I say, Come, eat of my food, and drink of the wine I have mixed! Forsake foolishness that you may live; advance in the way of understanding. For by me your days will be multiplied and the years of your life increased.’ ” Wisdom calls “from the heights.” To those who lack understanding, wisdom extends the secrets of being—of meaning and fulfillment. And foolishness is ever-present as well, and she is not shy. A few short verses beyond clear words of encouragement, students read this caution: “The woman Folly is fickle, she is inane, and knows nothing. She sits at the door of her house upon a seat on the city heights, calling to passers-by as they go on their straight way.”

Wisdom calls aloud, but so does Folly. Spend any appreciable time in the public square, and you’ll hear your fair share from both. A survey of our actions suggests we struggle to tell the difference. The typical life is a mix of good decisions and bad. So, the ability to know the difference—good and bad, appropriate and inappropriate—is worth our pursuit. In the Gospel of St. John, chapter ten, the Lord described his relationship to his followers as like that of a shepherd and his sheep. “He walks ahead of them, and the sheep follow him, because they recognize his voice. They will not follow a stranger; they will run away from him, because they do not recognize the voice of strangers.” Jesus Christ is most certainly recognizable, and following him is manifest wisdom. He is loving, and he is good. Who do we follow? Would we ever knowingly seek Folly? Would we follow a stranger? Listening with care is worth a great deal more than the mere investment of time.

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