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LOCAL DIOCESAN NEWS

Theology on Tap

Thursday, January 30, the meeting of Theology on Tap will welcome Dr. Edward Sri, Catholic author and professor of theology at the Augustine Institute located in Denver. The group will gather at 4 PM at the Tin Roof Brewery, 1624 Wyoming Street in Baton Rouge. Visit www.redstickcatholics.com for more details.

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Planned Giving

The FAQs on the SECURE Act


The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act was enacted Jan. 1, 2020. With it came many questions for those who are planning for retirement, retired or who are retiring in the near future.

 

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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 Value of Light and Salt

FinanceIn the apostolic era, a light was a flame. It had been so since the dawn of humankind and would be true for millennia to come. Even with ever-present electric and battery-operated sources of light, our candles, fireplaces and campfires preserve a timeless picture. Our British friends still refer to a flashlight as a torch, the ancient term for a portable light source, and we acknowledge that light as a symbol of vision, clarity and hope. Similarly, we celebrate the preservative qualities of salt, an essential additive that flavors even as it ensures long life. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus used both images—light and salt—to illustrate qualities essential to the Church’s ongoing spiritual influence.

 

Speaking to the multitudes gathered to hear him, Jesus said, “You are the salt of the earth. But if salt loses its taste, with what can it be seasoned? It is no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket; it is set on a lampstand, where it gives light to all in the house. Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Heavenly Father” (Matthew 5:13-16).

 

How do we find our way forward? We look to Christ—the “Light of the world”—and we look to the Church, his body, “the light of the world.” In him, we find our footing: assurance for our lasting station “in Christ,” a path and purpose for our lives, and a benefit to each trusting parishioner and a witness to others. “Your light must shine before others.” And, in that calling, the Church not only “gives light to all,” but helps to illuminate every cultural environment with a welcoming lamp lit to the glory of God. Like salt, we also season and flavor the culture and offer the brightest light, that the world “may see our good deeds and glorify our Heavenly Father,” our lasting value.

 

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