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LOCAL DIOCESAN NEWS

Women’s Silent Retreat

The Rosaryville Spirit Life Center, will host a Silent Ignatian Retreat for women at their facility in Ponchatoula, 39003 Rosaryville Rd, from Thursday, April 19 to Sunday, April 22. Becky Eldredge and Stephanie Clouatre Davis will serve as facilitators. For information, visit www.rosaryvillela.com or call 225-294-5039.

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Planned Giving

Turn Your Annual Gift into a Forever Gift


Annual gifts are a critical lifeline to the Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge. Without them, we couldn’t fund our work. If you’re an annual donor, you know firsthand the satisfaction that comes from making a difference—and we deeply appreciate your generosity. But as you look to the future, you may wonder what will happen to the programs made possible through your gifts once you’re gone. How can you make sure your generosity continues forever?

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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

To Love the Light

To Love the Light

From the Stewardship Today Archives, March 2009

In these pages, we’ve often discussed the relationship between actions and their consequences. In particular, we’ve mourned a trend that celebrates instinctive and rash behavior, one that neglects a sensible, deliberate, spiritually sensitive and prudent approach to life. A consideration of consequences doesn’t eliminate adventure and the many joys of life, but it may eliminate certain heartaches and the complications that arise from unintended or unexpected consequences. A parent knows how this works and is actually grateful—whether privately or otherwise—when a child’s questionable behavior comes to light.

Caught speeding in a school zone, one local son was told, “I’m glad you were caught. It’s a reminder God loves you. He allowed the officer to catch you for your own good and the good of those who may have been hurt by your foolish, unthinking behavior.” The teenager was a bit shocked and hurt, thinking the response insensitive. “I’ll have to pay a ticket, Dad, and my insurance will probably go up.” “You’re probably right,” the father responded, “but the impact on your wallet is a reminder. We should never think it’s OK to get away with doing something we know is wrong.” Way to go, Dad. Getting away with doing wrong isn’t healthy; though for those who live in secret, it’s the common and preferred way to live.

In John’s Gospel, Jesus said the wicked hate exposure. “Everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come toward the light, so that his works might not be exposed. But whoever lives the truth comes to the light, so that his works may be clearly seen as done in God.” Doing the work of God, in the open for all to see, the righteous love the light and the opportunity it provides to publicly glorify God. The context of Jesus’ comments about behavior and the light involves a conversation with an important Pharisee named Nicodemus and is the source of the familiar verse that begins, “For God so loved the world.”  Nicodemus came to Jesus, hoping no one had seen him. According to John, Nicodemus “came to Jesus at night.”  The Savior responded quickly and directly. Riding our cultural roller coaster—and certainly this is true of financial upheaval—we wisely shun those things done rashly or in secret. Love the light.

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