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St. Jean Vianney Mission

Father Cedric Pisegna CP, will present a mission entitled “Life with Passion,” Monday through Wednesday, November 6 to 8, 8:30 AM to 7 PM, at St. Jean Vianney Church, 16166 S. Harrells Ferry Road in Baton Rouge. Please call (225) 753-7950 for details.

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Planned Giving

Make a Tax-Free Gift with an IRA


If you are 70½ years old or older, you can take advantage of a simple way to benefit the Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge and receive tax benefits in return. You can give up to $100,000 from your IRA directly to a qualified charity such as ours without having to pay income taxes on the money. This law no longer has an expiration date, so you are free to make annual gifts to our organization this year and well into the future.

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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

If You Could Make a Single Wish . . .

If You Could Make a Single Wish . . .

One parlor game is almost as old as conversation itself. It involves a simple question, asked in a variety of ways. If you could make a single wish, what would you desire? If you could have anything you wanted, what would you want? Bored partygoers ask it of each other, teachers ask it of their students, and parents of their kids. Though often designed as simple conversation starters, if such questions were taken seriously, answers could reveal something of a person’s basic character—whether self-centered or selfless, visionary or confined to the present, interested in matters of real significance or confined to the temporal and material.

Asked and answered by acquaintances or friends, the questions form the basis of interesting prattle but little more. After all, neither questioner nor answerer is truly able to supply absolutely anything another might need or want. And yet, what if the questioner were God himself, the author of the universe and—in the words of the psalmist—the one who owns the cattle on a thousand hills? What if God were the questioner, and you were invited to reply? What then?      

As recorded by the author of the Old Testament book of history, 1 Kings, that is exactly the situation in which young King Solomon found himself. “In a dream at night, God said, ‘Ask something of me and I will give it to you.’ ‘O Lord, my God,’ Solomon responded, ‘You have made me, your servant, king to succeed my father David; but I am a mere youth, not knowing at all how to act. I serve you in the midst of the people whom you have chosen, a people so vast that it cannot be numbered or counted. Give your servant, therefore, an understanding heart to judge your people and to distinguish right from wrong. For who is able to govern this vast people of yours?’ ”

Contestants on the old Family Feud television game show might holler, “Good answer! Good answer!” God certainly thought so. “The Lord was pleased that Solomon made this request. So God said to him: ‘Because you have asked for this—not for a long life for yourself, nor for riches, nor for the life of your enemies, but for understanding so that you may know what is right—I do as you requested. I give you a heart so wise and understanding that there has never been anyone like you up to now, and after you, there will come no one to equal you.’ ”

Solomon stood alone. No one as wise before him, and no one as wise since. And all for the purpose of serving and serving well. “Give your servant an understanding heart.” We honor Solomon’s intellect and note his wisdom. Each time we do, perhaps we should also consider the context of his request. He saw the responsibility that lay before him and knew God alone possessed so limitless a storehouse of wisdom. Knowing right from wrong—every single time—would be the greatest gift. As we serve others, we might pray for a seasoning of the same: the ability to honor God and serve his people well—through the sensitivity of spiritual discernment and wisdom, knowing what is truly right and best.

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.
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