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LOCAL DIOCESAN NEWS

Catholic Basics

From Sunday, January 28 to Thursday, February 1, St. Jude the Apostle Church in Baton Rouge, 9150 Highland Road, will host an instructional series, “Five Nights of Catholic Basics with Father Trey Nelson and Friends.” Please call (225) 766-2431 for details.

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Planned Giving

The Best Charitable Gifts to Make in 2018


With the introduction of tax reform this year, you may be looking at your finances and wondering how you can continue to be charitable. There are many ways you can make a difference at the Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge while enjoying financial benefits for yourself.

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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

Vocations That Honor God

“I should like you to be free of anxieties. An unmarried man is anxious about the things of the Lord, how he may please the Lord. But a married man is anxious about the things of the world, how he may please his wife, and he is divided. An unmarried woman or a virgin is anxious about the things of the Lord, so that she may be holy in both body and spirit. A married woman, on the other hand, is anxious about the things of the world, how she may please her husband. I am telling you this for your own benefit, not to impose a restraint upon you, but for the sake of propriety and adherence to the Lord without distraction.”

Read St. Paul’s comments about marriage and priorities, and you smile. “I’d like to make time for you, Jesus, but I’ve got my wife to worry about.” “Lord, if only I didn’t have to care for my husband and my children, you’d be number one in my life, I’m sure of that.” Of course, singular purpose allows a clarity of focus. That’s true in any endeavor and with every relationship. It’s one of the reasons we honor the celibacy of our priests and religious. Devotion to God and God’s people is a pure commitment and one we esteem. But, where is the next generation of priests, if all our godly men and women choose the single life and celibacy? We obviously agree with Paul. A life of pure devotion is one free of anxiety “about the things of the world.” Yet we’re also grateful for each one faithful to the calling God grants, whether single or married, a parent or not, in full time religious service or not. The Church is healthiest when we all answer “Yes” to God’s vocation, whatever that may be.

 

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.
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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