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Magnificat Breakfast

Bishop Michael G. Duca is the scheduled guest speaker for a Magnificat breakfast meeting on Saturday, August 17, from 9 AM to noon, at the Oak Lodge Reception Center, 2834 S. Sherwood Forest Boulevard in Baton Rouge. Tickets are $22 each, and can be purchased by visiting www.bit.ly/MagBRAugust2019

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Planned Giving

How To Balance Family and Giving

Whether you’re caring for children, aging parents or both, priorities can be stretched thin. And between living expenses, school fees and saving for the future, you may find yourself putting your philanthropic goals on the back burner.

At least for now. 

Read more . . .

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 Great I AM

The Great I AM

Some form of identity theft has plagued tens of millions of Americans, producing billions of dollars in real losses and lost productivity, as well as consumer concern and unease. The subject of personal identity arises in the counseling offices of the nation’s professional psychologists and clinicians too, a topic of perpetual interest to those who monitor mental health and note that we continue to struggle with answers to life’s intrinsic questions: Who am I, and why am I here? One man fully understood his identity and purpose and, as recorded in the Gospel of John, answered those questions repeatedly.

In chapter six of John’s gospel, Jesus referred to himself as “the Bread of Life.” In chapter eight, He said, “I am the Light of the World.” The Parable of the Shepherd and the Sheep, in chapter ten, finds Jesus as both the “Good Shepherd” and the “Gate for the Sheep.” Jesus is “the Way, the Truth, and the Life” in chapter fourteen, the “True Vine” in chapter fifteen, and as noted in chapter eighteen, Jesus said, “I am a King.” To all faithful parishioners who worship the risen Christ this Easter, much celebration attends the reading of chapter eleven, a familiar passage in which Jesus Christ declared, “I am the Resurrection and the Life.”

The Lord uttered these remarkable words in response to Martha at the death of her brother Lazarus. “If you had been here,” she said to Jesus, “my brother would not have died.” “Your brother will rise,” Jesus said to her, and Martha replied, “I know, in the resurrection of the last day.” That wasn’t Jesus’ meaning. “I am the resurrection and the life,” He said. As one commentator has wisely written, Jesus did not say that he came to bring about a resurrection, or that he came simply to offer life, though one could argue each is a true statement. Using the literary form first uttered by His Heavenly Father, Jesus proclaimed His very nature was, and is, victorious resurrection and eternal life. He affirmed, “I am.” The clear difference between a container of some supply and its source or essence was well illustrated in the Lord’s claim. Jesus had the power to raise Lazarus and grant him life after death. Jesus is life itself! In this Easter season, we once again acknowledge that it is the eternal life Christ offers us all.  

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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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