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40 Days for Life

Baton Rouge’s 40 Days for Life—a time of prayer, fasting and community outreach—will begin Wednesday, September 26, and run through Sunday, November 4. Participants meet and pray peacefully outside the Delta Clinic of Baton Rouge, 756 Colonial Drive. For information, visit www.40daysforlifebr.com

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Planned Giving

Have You Notified Your Beneficiaries of Your Gift?


Naming a loved one or favorite charity such as the Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge as a beneficiary of a life insurance policy or retirement plan assets is a heartfelt way to show you care. Be sure to go one step farther and notify those beneficiaries of the choices you’ve made.

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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

Of Use to One Worthy of Worship

In the prophecy of Isaiah we find excellent examples of the descriptive and poetic language so typical of the major Old Testament prophets. For many students, a favorite metaphor is that of a potter and the chosen medium, the clay. “Woe to him who contends with his Maker; a potsherd among potsherds of the earth! Dare the clay say to its modeler, ‘What are you doing?’ “Your perversity is as though the potter were taken to be the clay: As though what is made should say of its maker, ‘He made me not!’ Or the vessel should say of the potter, ‘He does not understand.’ ” Then most directly, from chapter 64: “O Lord, you are our father; we are the clay and you are the potter: we are all the work of your hands.”

Written while the children of Israel lived in exile, the feeling must have been troubling. Nevertheless, it is clear. In tough times, God is still God. The Psalmist understood, and thus, in Psalm 95 we read this: “Let us bow down in worship; let us kneel before the Lord who made us.” Like a cup, a vase, or a bowl in the hands of a potter, we assume the shapes our Creator establishes for us. Independent thinkers that we are, that perspective is not only foreign, some find it offensive. We want to believe that our opportunities are the result of our hard work, wise choices, good education, making the right contacts, luck, and any number of other variables that affirm that we hold the keys.

There’s an obvious problem with that. Who made the hands that hold the keys? Who created the vast network of neurons, connective systems, vital organs and skeletal systems that enable us to work so hard and so well? Who decided that now was our time, and this our place? Who? It seems this is one of those moments, at once simple and complex. Even though made from the clay, we are responsible for our actions. And, the Potter has fashioned something far more significant than a mere, practical object. Made in God’s likeness, we share an extension of his ability to create. The Lord also grants the ability to love, to show generosity, to show mercy, to show compassion. We worship because the Father of our Savior has made us. He is worthy of our worship. He has made us well.

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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