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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

The Gospel and Popular Opinion

The Gospel and Popular Opinion

From the Stewardship Today Archives, April 2010


Opinion and popularity help to shape contemporary culture as does our devotion to them. Nineteenth century essayist Thomas Carlyle wrote, “Popular opinion is the greatest lie in the world.” “Seek not the favor of the multitude,” wrote philosopher Immanuel Kant, and the twentieth century ‘philosopher’ athlete Yogi Berra wisely weighed in. “Anyone who is popular is bound to be disliked.” Every Yogi-ism is flavored with a measure of insightful truth.

The missionary association that paired St. Paul and St. Barnabas met its share of both acclaim and dislike. One of their encounters with “the multitude” is recorded in the Book of Acts, chapter thirteen. “Many Jews and worshipers who were converts to Judaism followed Paul and Barnabas, who spoke to them and urged them to remain faithful to the grace of God. On the following Sabbath, almost the whole city gathered to hear the word of the Lord. When the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy and with violent abuse contradicted what Paul said. Both Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly and said, ‘It was necessary that the word of God be spoken to you first, but since you reject it and condemn yourselves as unworthy of eternal life, we now turn to the Gentiles.’ ”

The Gentiles within the crowd—and there were many—were delighted by the message, but “the Jews stirred up a persecution against Paul and Barnabas and expelled them” from the area. The message of the Gospel proclaims life to those “with ears to hear,” but will always meet with some resistance. We don’t bear witness to the truth because it’s popular, nor because the opinions of the masses define our purpose. We are called to love, and to love all. And, it is “loving” to speak the truth, the message of the Gospel—the seeds of eternal life.

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