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Planned Giving

5 Great Reasons to Be Charitable

Good intentions are important, especially when it comes to giving. And a planned gift—a gift you designate to start after your lifetime—can have long-term impact.

When you support a cause or organization, what are your intentions? Here are a few reasons you might not have considered.

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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

Made Stainless

Made Stainless

From the Stewardship Today Archives, February 2012

Midway between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, tourists occasionally visit an historic site once known as the National Leprosarium, a facility unknown today to many outside the city of Carville—due largely to a century of ministry on the part of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul and the equally diligent service of the many devoted and gifted medical practitioners and researchers who addressed the once-dread disease leprosy. Known as ‘unclean,’ those who have historically suffered from leprosy—or Hansen’s disease—have been isolated from the rest of society.

In biblical times, as attested by the many references to the disease in the Scriptures, those afflicted were outcasts. Sufferers among the children of Israel were brought to the attention of the priests. “If someone has on his skin a blotch which appears to be the sore of leprosy, he shall be brought to Aaron, the priest, or to one of the priests among his descendants.” They were then sent away. In the Gospels, we find the following: “A leper came to Jesus and begged him and said, ‘If you wish, you can make me clean.’ Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand, touched him, and said to him, ‘I do will it. Be made clean.’ The leprosy left him immediately, and he was made clean.”

King David understood a far deeper, more profound meaning to God’s ability to heal and cleanse. David knew God is able to cleanse and remove the stain of sin. In Psalm 32, the royal poet wrote, “I declared my sin to you; my guilt I did not hide. I said, ‘I confess my faults to the Lord,’ and you took away the guilt of my sin.” Those who witnessed the Lord Jesus heal the leper were wise to absorb a much greater lesson. The stains of sin appear much as blotches on our souls. Those cursed with leprosy might even understand this truth to a greater degree than those who take their spotless appearance for granted. We share a stained soul, and only God can cleanse both the external body and the heart within.

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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