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Evening of Reflection

Marcie Buckle, a member of the diocesan Pastoral Planning Task Force and a consultant with the Louisiana Department of Education is the scheduled guest speaker for a Women of the Well evening of reflection, Tuesday night, December 10, at St. Patrick Church, 12424 Brodgon Lane, in Baton Rouge. Please join for a social gathering at 6:30 prior to the beginning of the two-hour program at 7. Visit www.womenofthewellbr.com for additional information.

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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

Learning from the Father

Learning from the Father


For those in the Deep South, spring seems right around the corner, and a new season provides novel opportunities to build relationships, to serve others, to start fresh. Much of what we know of relationships, of course, comes from others—our parents, members of our extended families, teachers and coaches, pastoral mentors and family friends. For the wisest among them, the ultimate example of the loving and gracious, merciful and instructive mentor is found in the God we worship. The ideals of selfless sacrifice and service rest with our Almighty Father, his Son, and the Spirit sent to dwell in us.

God blessed the psalmist David with a loving family—a good father named Jesse and older brothers worthy of his esteem. He also provided the future king with a meaningful friendship in Jonathan, King Saul’s son. The wise warrior, though, experienced God’s goodness and provision and found his greatest comfort in the care of the Lord. He wrote of that relationship often, and the Psalms offer rich testimony. Among the more meaningful words are those found in Psalm 103, sentiment that provides a framework for all we know about our relationships with others and the great themes of life.

“Bless the Lord, my soul; all my being, bless his holy name! Bless the Lord, my soul; do not forget all the gifts of God, who pardons all your sins, heals all your ills, delivers your life from the pit, surrounds you with love and compassion. Merciful and gracious is the Lord, slow to anger, abounding in kindness. He has not dealt with us as our sins merit, nor requited us as our deeds deserve. As far as the east is from the west, so far have our sins been removed from us. As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on the faithful.” In a culture shaped by consumption, excess and concern for self, a measure of compassion and care is indeed welcome. With renewed insight, we have the chance to extend compassion to others every day. Our model comes from the heavens. Our example comes from 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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