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WINE Event

Women in the New Evangelization (WINE) will host their initial Women, Wine and Wisdom event, scheduled for Monday, February 11 at Drusilla Seafood, 3482 Drusilla Lane in Baton Rouge. To register, visit www.catholicvineyard.com

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Planned Giving

Fast Facts About Planned Giving

If you hear “planned giving” and think it’s only for people older or wealthier than you—or that it’s just too confusing—you’re not alone. However, planned giving is for people of all ages and any economic status, and it doesn’t have to be difficult.

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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

Bruised, But Not Broken

Bruised, But Not Broken

Successful modern horse trainers think it unfortunate that the various stages involved in training a horse are often known as horse breaking. The act of breaking a horse in a far gentler manner than that suggested by the term might surprise some. Because horses have long been essential contributors to commerce, transportation and warfare, historic documents related to their training are readily available. For example, On Horsemanship was written in 350 BC by a contemporary of Alexander the Great, the Greek statesman and historian Xenophon, an accomplished soldier who championed the non-abusive training of horses. To such a horseman—as with many others before and since—it is possible to bend the will without breaking it.

The Old Testament prophet Isaiah foretold the coming Messiah and described him as one who lovingly embraces the already bruised, individuals he would never break. “Here is my servant whom I uphold, my chosen one with whom I am pleased, upon whom I have put my spirit; he shall bring forth justice to the nations, not crying out, not shouting, not making his voice heard in the street; a bruised reed he shall not break, and a smoldering wick he shall not quench.” The hurting and bruised are in need of comfort and love, not further heartache and added discipline. Jesus embraced the poor, the marginalized and the sick. He offered them healing and a hand of mercy, not a rod of discipline. The hurting among us may need healing, they may need correction, they may need direction, but the bruised certainly do not need more pain. Bruised, but not broken.

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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