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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 www.redstickcatholics.com

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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: http://officeofstewardship.planmylegacy.org

A Land Flowing with Milk and Honey

 

A Land Flowing with Milk and Honey

From the Stewardship Today Archives, February 2010


India has the fourth largest coal reserves on the planet. By contrast, Japan has almost no mineral resources and is the largest importer of coal in the world. The nation of Brazil is blessed with large reserves of gold, iron ore, platinum, uranium and petroleum. The same is true for Canada, Angola, Venezuela and Serbia. The United States possesses abundant natural resources, a stunning storehouse of blessings that extends from copper and gold to natural gas, nickel and timber. The US, for example, has the world’s largest coal reserves, nearly one third of global supply.

To underscore God’s gracious blessing, the Hebrew patriarch Moses reminded the nation of Israel of their own abundant resources. “He brought us out of Egypt with his strong hand and outstretched arm, with terrifying power, with signs and wonders; and bringing us into this country, he gave us this land flowing with milk and honey.” They needed to be reminded of God’s goodness to them. Sometimes we do too.

As recorded in the Old Testament Book of Deuteronomy, Moses proposed a thankful and worshipful response: extend God an offering from the first fruits. “And having set them before the Lord, your God, you shall bow down in his presence. Then you and your family, together with the Levite and the aliens who live among you, shall make merry over all these good things which the Lord, your God, has given you.” Moses prescribed celebration with something of a smile; so grateful would the Hebrews feel, they would “make merry.”

Professional athletes and Wall Street bankers aren’t the only ones receiving bonuses. Every person blessed to live in a nation of almost limitless opportunity matures in a modern day land flowing with abundant natural resources and technological advance. Is there true equity? Maybe not. And to the degree we believe there is not, we are granted yet another opportunity: to represent those in need of open doors, a helping hand, a few dollars, an encouraging message, and the love of Christ. For each one, there is the chance to express thanksgiving to the God of all. Everything we have is a gift from his hands. Like the Hebrews, we wisely “bow in his presence” and celebrate his goodness.

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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