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Discalced Carmelites

The Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites will meet Sunday, November 12, at 1:30 PM, in St. Gabriel’s Room at Our Lady of Mercy Parish’s Activity Center: 444 Marquette Avenue in Baton Rouge. For additional information, please call (225) 343-3181, or (225) 803-3391.

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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:

A Light, Silent Sound

Gifted businessman Max DePree distilled years of experience as Chairman of the Herman Miller Company into several very popular books on the subject of leadership. The opening chapter of his bestseller Leadership Jazz is entitled “Finding One’s Voice” and closes with the following story: “A German machine tool company once developed a very fine bit for drilling holes in steel. The tiny bit could bore a hole about the size of a human hair. This seemed like a tremendously valuable innovation. The Germans sent samples off to Russia, the United States, and Japan, suggesting that this bit was the ultimate in machining technology.” Their replies perfectly illustrate the breadth of typical responses to almost any situation.

“From the Russians, they heard nothing. From the Americans came a quick response enquiring as to the price of the bits, available discounts, and the possibility of a licensing arrangement. After some delay, there was the predictable, polite response from the Japanese, complimenting the Germans on their achievement, but with a postscript noting that the Germans’ bit was enclosed with a slight alteration. Excitedly, the German engineers opened the package, carefully examined their bit, and to their amazement discovered that the Japanese had bored a neat hole through it” (as published by Dell in 1992).

After his consummate victory over the priests of Baal at Mt. Carmel, the Old Testament prophet Elijah faced unbearable fatigue and ran from the very people he had just overcome. In a remote cave, God fed his servant and made sure he received much needed rest. When Elijah awoke, he sought a measure of encouragement, the voice of the Lord. In 1 Kings, chapter nineteen, we find the following record of that exchange: “Then the Lord said, ‘Go out and stand on the mountain before the Lord; the Lord will pass by.’ There was a strong and violent wind rending the mountains and crushing rocks before the Lord—but the Lord was not in the wind, an earthquake—but the Lord was not in the earthquake; after the earthquake, fire—but the Lord was not in the fire; after the fire, a light silent sound.”

Before his holy God, Elijah responded in humility and worship. “When he heard this, Elijah hid his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave.” God spoke to his faithful prophet, and Elijah recognized his voice. The Lord speaks to us still, easing the troubled spirit in times of difficulty, in the touch of a friend, in messages of mercy and grace found in the Psalms, the Gospels and other Scriptures, and in the knowing presence of the Spirit of God. God of all creation, he lovingly responds to our needs. None is too small, none insignificant. His presence permeates every response to our aches and hurts and penetrates the smallest void.

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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