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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:

Unlike Your Creator, Unlike Your Father

Unlike Your Creator, Unlike Your Father

A Promethean tale of creation and recreation, Mary Shelley’s Gothic novel Frankenstein has long appeared on student reading lists. As they read, young people familiar with any of several cinematic treatments are surprised by the differences between book and film. Partly due to Boris Karloff’s classic verdant-hued, flat-topped, bolt-in-the-neck characterization, the monster is often known by the name Frankenstein. In contrast, readers soon discover that the experimental creator—Dr. Frankenstein—carries the name, not the creature. They also find a somewhat misunderstood ‘monster’ becomes anything but a mute oaf. In Shelley’s novel, the creature learns language, discovers culture and becomes articulate concerning his own fate. One thing, however, is true with both representations. The creature is quite unlike his creator.

Some years ago, through a celebrated marketing campaign, General Motors did a wonderful job of splicing change and tradition. The now-familiar slogan “This is not your father’s Oldsmobile” communicated a connection to the past with an emphasis on the future. Creators of the ads matched consumers’ respect for dear old Dad with an understanding awareness of the wants and needs of the contemporary car buyer. The Oldsmobile division may have experienced less than expected sales, but the ad certainly captured the imagination, building on the timeless nature of an established relationship.

Spiritually speaking, just because we call him our Father, we realize we cannot fully translate the idea of parental similarity directly to the Almighty and our relationship with him. “My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways—oracle of the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, my thoughts higher than your thoughts.” Aren’t we capable of loving, like God? Yes, we love, as well, and yet, unlike our own, God’s love is completely unconditional. Isaiah speaks of mercy and forgiveness, offered at levels altogether beyond our ability. God has graciously imparted a sense of mercy, love and grace, that we might, through the presence of his Spirit, model his attributes as best we are able. But, he is quite unlike us, his ways higher than ours, his thoughts higher than ours. Aren’t we glad?   

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