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LOCAL DIOCESAN NEWS

Wedding Anniversary Celebration

Bishop Robert W. Muench will celebrate a Mass honoring couples celebrating 25, 50, 65 or more years of marriage at the Diocesan Wedding Anniversary Celebration, on Sunday, February 25 at 2 PM, St. Aloysius Church in Baton Rouge. To register, contact your local parish office before Friday, February 9.

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Planned Giving

Put the Checkbook Away:
Turn Today’s Gift into a Gift for Tomorrow


When people think about giving to a charitable institution like the Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge, cash seems like the easiest way to give. Simply write a check, and your generosity helps address our most immediate needs. But, what about the long-term needs of those we serve? What about them?

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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

Nothing Can Separate Us

finance feb2018In one news photo, a line of people stretches well into the distance, most of them dressed in casual shirts, slacks and comfortable footwear. But they’re not waiting for concert tickets, they are not in line to vote, nor are they waiting to purchase the latest holiday specials. Each individual is pictured toting an empty five-gallon container. Citizens of Cape Town, South Africa, adults of both genders and all ages are waiting for water. The city is in the midst of an extended drought and faces a menacing obstacle: a city of millions without sufficient water. Rationing limits usage to 13 gallons per person (the typical American uses seven times that amount every day), but it appears those limits will not be enough.

They are not alone in their want. Across the globe, our brothers and sisters are in need of housing, health care, quality education, safety from persecution, and food. Many simply need water. And for those standing in line with empty containers, the need is far from modest. We forget our own vulnerability. Even as billions of people live on dollars a day, many in the West operate a few paychecks from panic. We rely on critical systems outside our control, and we depend on others whose skills and expertise exceed our own. We also count on a predictable future that is often anything but.

 

To read the Apostle Paul’s first century message “to all the beloved of God in Rome” is to be reminded of the timeless nature of uncertainty and yet the Lord’s presence every day. This is certainly true in Romans, chapter eight. “The Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if only we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him” (8:16-17). “I consider that the sufferings of this present time are as nothing compared with the glory to be revealed in us” (8:18). “We know that all things work for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose” (8:28).

Please consider the burdens our neighbors carry and the struggles that typify so many of our fellow wanderers around the world. We know life in Christ, are part of a great Catholic family worldwide, and God has entrusted boundless resources to our care—that we might share with those in need. We know this. “He who did not spare his own Son but handed him over for us all, how will he not also give us everything else along with him” (8:32). Thankfully, there is no force capable of threatening our eternal relationship. “What will separate us from the love of Christ? Will anguish, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or the sword? No, in all these things we conquer overwhelmingly through him who loved us” (8:35, 37).

The purposeful Christian stands victorious in the power of the Spirit but remains sober, aware of the difficulties that shape the lives of so many people. They need the life God has granted, the spiritual hope we know through Jesus and his Church, and the basic necessities the Lord provides in abundance. So do we.

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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