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Catholic Life Television broadcasts the Tuesday Midday Mass, live from St. Joseph Cathedral at 12 Noon, and rebroadcasts the service at 6 PM and 10:30 PM. Visit www.catholiclifetv.org for a variety of daily Catholic programming.

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For the convenience of our readers, a four-page, abridged set of monthly Stewardship Today articles is available as a downloadable PDF file.

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Planned Giving

Getting Ready for Tax Time

Though filing deadlines have been extended for several months, for many of us tax season is already here. Now is an ideal time to gather paperwork and prepare to file your 2019 taxes. Below, you’ll find some tips to help you prepare for your tax appointment and ensure that you get the most out of your giving.

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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

Seeing Is Believing

finance april20Technological advances of the highest order at first seem preposterous, quite beyond belief. In 1895, one of the leading scientific minds of the nineteenth century, Sir William Thompson said, “Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible.” Eight years later, Orville and Wilbur Wright proved him wrong. Honored with a peerage, Thompson is universally known as Lord Kelvin. With a wink, a NASA administrator more recently commented on Kelvin’s assessment. “Rumor has it Lord Kelvin was slightly in error.” When the Wright brothers’ plane lifted from the sands of Kitty Hawk, the impossible became possible, and Lord Kelvin lived long enough to see it. Seeing is believing.

Jesus Christ told his disciples, “ ‘The Son of Man is to be handed over to men and they will kill him, and three days after his death he will rise.’ But they did not understand the saying” (Mark 9:31-32). When, on the first Easter Sunday, several of his female followers testified of the empty tomb, Simon Peter and John, the beloved disciple, headed immediately there to see for themselves. “On the first day of the week, Mary of Magdala came to the tomb early in the morning, while it was still dark, and saw the stone removed from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and told them, ‘They have taken the Lord from the tomb, and we don’t know where they put him.’ So Peter and the other disciple went out and came to the tomb.

“They both ran, but the other disciple ran faster than Peter and arrived at the tomb first; he bent down and saw the burial cloths there, but did not go in. When Simon Peter arrived after him, he went into the tomb and saw the burial cloths there, and the cloth that had covered his head, not with the burial cloths but rolled up in a separate place. Then the other disciple also went in, the one who had arrived at the tomb first, and he saw and believed” (John 20:1-8). Like the forsaken shell of an escaped Louisiana cicada, the burial cloths no longer held anything but the former shape of the Savior now risen. And, for two faithful followers, seeing meant believing. The impossible became real. Jesus had risen from the dead. He was alive. Seeing was believing. Jesus had risen. Hallelujah!

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