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Simply Make a Tax-Free Gift from Your IRA

You’ve worked hard, saved diligently and are ready to enjoy your retirement years. Maybe you’re also looking for a way to give back to the organizations and causes that have been important to you. Consider making a gift from your IRA.

If you’re 70½ or older, you can use the IRA charitable rollover to make a tax-free gift to the Diocese of Baton Rouge. This provision allows you to transfer any amount up to $100,000 directly to a qualified charitable organization without paying income tax on the distribution. 

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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

Fruit, Not Thorns

A young couple, recently relocated to Louisiana, decided it was time to plant some locally-grown trees in their new yard. Knowing very little about either one, they planted two fruit trees, a satsuma and a kumquat. In year two, the kumquat started producing, but the satsuma remained free of fruit. The next year, the kumquat tree was loaded, but the satsuma couldn’t seem to produce a single piece of fruit. In the fourth year, they snapped a picture, sent it to the nursery and asked for help. Why had the satsuma—an otherwise healthy-looking tree—failed to produce? The nursery owner identified the problem right away, offering a lesson regarding strong root systems and thorny stalks running through the middle of the modest tree, stems she called “suckers.” “Eliminate the thorny stalks, wait a season or two, and call me back.” That return call was never needed. Both trees produce abundantly today.

“ ‘Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but underneath are ravenous wolves. By their fruits you will know them. Do people pick grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? Just so, every good tree bears good fruit, and a rotten tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a rotten tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire. So by their fruits you will know them.’ ”

 

This devotional article is taken from the Total Stewardship curriculum of the Diocese of Baton Rouge, one of dozens of devotional pieces that support resources designed for the Stewardship of Prayer, the Stewardship of Ministry, and the Stewardship of Finance. The material purposefully aligns with the annual Catholic liturgy, the Third Edition of the Roman Missal and the Revised Edition of the New American Bible. We invite you to contact us for more information concerning ways the Total Stewardship curriculum might be used to serve your parish and your parishioners.

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.
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