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LOCAL DIOCESAN NEWS

Real World Camp

Area high school students are invited to take part in Real World, a service immersion camp where youth live in solidarity with the poor. Young people will be housed at St. Isidore in Baker from Tuesday, June 26 to Saturday, June 30. Teens and their families are encouraged to contact parish ministers for more information.

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Planned Giving

Your Will: It’s More Than Legalese


It’s one of the most important legal documents you’ll ever create; a will dictates how you want your assets distributed after you’re gone. But beyond legalities, a will is a reflection of your life. It reveals who and what mattered most to you, and it’s the final gesture by which you’ll be remembered.

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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

The Potential Within a Seed

finance june2018“Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” So begins Tolstoy’s novel Anna Karenina. All great novels begin with a single sentence, of course, and some are quite memorable. “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” “Call me Ishmael.” “In my younger and more vulnerable years, my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since.” “I am an invisible man.” “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.” Thank you, Mr. Dickens, Mr. Melville, Mr. Fitzgerald, Mr. Ellison, and Ms. Austen. Every enterprise—certainly the more notable ones—can be traced to such a beginning: a structure’s foundation and initial course of bricks, a masterpiece’s first daub of paint, the first stitch in a remarkable design. A majestic oak’s acorn. The kingdom of God, too, begins with a seed.

“Jesus said, ‘This is how it is with the kingdom of God; it is as if a man were to scatter seed on the land and would sleep and rise night and day and the seed would sprout and grow, he knows not how. Of its own accord the land yields fruit, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. And when the grain is ripe, he wields the sickle at once, for the harvest has come’ ” (Mark 4:26-29).

The twelve tribes of Israel trace their roots to Old Testament patriarch Jacob’s sons and heirs. The church was born in the apostolic era through the ministry of the Twelve Apostles and those who followed their lead. On the road to Emmaus, Jesus told the story of the Word beginning with the Law and the Prophets, revealing the development of the family of God and his role in that history. He and the disciples planted seeds, their efforts bore great fruit, and one day “the full harvest” will yield its final, eternal blessing. We are products of that faithfulness, and—in his goodness—God has granted us the opportunity to serve similarly in our day. If we just look, we see the fruitful abundance gathered in today.

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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