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LOCAL DIOCESAN NEWS

Arise Exercise Classes

Our Lady of Mercy Church, 445 Marquette Street in Baton Rouge, will host ARISE yoga-style exercise classes, created to connect with God through Scripture, prayer and movement, on Monday mornings at 10 AM in the parish activity center. The cost is a $10 donation. For more information, call 225-773-0204.

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Planned Giving

3 Ways to Ensure Family Comes First


Naming the Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge as a beneficiary in your will is a simple way to enable the future of our important work. But maybe you’ve hesitated because you’re unsure about how much to give.

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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

Discipleship Is a Process

finance may2018Command a trained German Shepherd to sit, and she’ll drop her hindquarters right where she stands. Respectfully invite a congregation to be seated following a reading, a song, time of prayer or other regular element of the Mass, and worshiping parishioners know exactly what’s expected of them. We understand commands, and we understand invitations. We may describe a fallen tree to our friends with an invitation to take a look. To escape as it falls, however, we yell, “Run!” And that’s a command. The process of life frequently connects the two. Whether in manufacturing, operations, leadership, instruction or other vital discipline, we also value process. Jesus was the Master of it.

The Gospel of Matthew closes with a familiar passage often referred to as “the commissioning of the disciples.” Among the Lord’s parting words to the eleven surviving disciples were these: “ ‘All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age’ ” (Matthew 28:18b-20).

Our spiritual leaders often benefit from their study of the New Testament in the languages of the first century. We may think of “making disciples,” and mentally translate the action described as the relationship between a form of a verb and a plural noun. Much as a manufacturing concern “makes” a product of some kind, faithful parishioners—following the apostles’ lead—might be called to “make disciples,” we would assume. As our mentors would be quick to tell us, though, there is no noun in the original language of Matthew 28:19. “Disciple” was something the apostles did, not just something they or others became. They understood spiritual discipleship by focusing on a process, not a product.

Jesus literally commanded them, “Disciple!” It wasn’t an invitation. Their work necessitated a progression too, one that included “going,” and “baptizing,” and “teaching.” Spiritual growth and maturity aren’t acquired in the fruit of a single obedient act. No, disciples are “made” because faithful Catholics willingly assume responsibility for a lifetime of investment, pouring our faith into others. It’s what Jesus sacrificially did. And so, we “Go!” And, as we go, we do that discipling thing. We “disciple!”

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