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LOCAL DIOCESAN NEWS

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

What Treasure Will You Store?

finance september2018The year he turned twenty-one, Andras Grof escaped war-torn Hungary and made his way to the United States, no money in his pocket and minimal skill with the English language. He took a job as a busboy, completed a bachelor’s degree, and ultimately earned a PhD. Though he wrote the text, having changed his name to Andy Grove, we know him for the billions he made as president and CEO of Intel. He came to the United States penniless. But, when he died in 2016, months shy of his eightieth birthday, he’d also helped to redefine individual and corporate philanthropy, donating millions and millions of dollars. What a way to invest your riches. In the Book of James, we read of another model.

“Come now, you rich, weep and wail over your impending miseries. Your wealth has rotted away, your clothes have become moth-eaten, your gold and silver have corroded, and that corrosion will be a testimony against you; it will devour your flesh like a fire. You have stored up treasure for the last days. Behold, the wages you withheld from the workers who harvested your fields are crying aloud, and the cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts. You have lived on earth in luxury and pleasure; you have fattened your hearts for the day of slaughter. You have condemned; you have murdered the righteous one;  and he offers you no resistance” (James 5:1-6).

His was a multi-faceted life, and yet university programs, extensive facilities, and endowed chairs of research on both coasts give testimony to Andy Grove’s generous legacy. His riches will continue to fund a wonderful quality of life for thousands of people long after his passing. Given the choice, who wouldn’t prefer that measure of success to one defined by a closet of moth-eaten clothing, a pile of corroded metal, and the testimony of those victimized in the pursuit of advancement. To a degree, from the bottom rung of the ladder to the top, we all have that choice to make. How will we choose to invest the resources, time, and relationships granted to each of us? Each of us makes those choices.

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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