St. Padre Pio Relics

On Friday, April 6, at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Baton Rouge from 11 AM to 8 PM, the people of the diocese will have the opportunity to venerate the relics of St. Padre Pio, “Italy’s most beloved saint,” canonized by St. John Paul II in 2002. For more information, visit the church website:

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Planned Giving

Turn Your Annual Gift into a Forever Gift

Annual gifts are a critical lifeline to the Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge. Without them, we couldn’t fund our work. If you’re an annual donor, you know firsthand the satisfaction that comes from making a difference—and we deeply appreciate your generosity. But as you look to the future, you may wonder what will happen to the programs made possible through your gifts once you’re gone. How can you make sure your generosity continues forever?

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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:

Disciples on the Run

ministry april2018For nearly a decade, Usain Bolt has held the 100-meter dash world record with his time of 9.58 seconds. Nineteenth century Scottish poet John Davidson suggested “the race is to the swift, the battle to the strong,” but the writer of Ecclesiastes indicated the opposite is often true: “The race is not won by the swift, nor the battle by the valiant” (9:11a). In Hebrews, we discover the importance of perseverance. “Persevere in running the race that lies before us” (12:1b). And, in life, the race isn’t always won by the fastest, the most talented, the most observant, the most fortunate, but simply by the steadfast. Aware that the Lord Jesus no longer lay in the tomb, Mary Magdalene ran to tell his disciples. Two of them ran to the tomb to find out for themselves. “Such knowledge is too wonderful” to dawdle. They ran.

On the first day of the week, Mary of Magdala came to the tomb early in the morning, while it was still dark, and saw the stone removed from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and told them, ‘They have taken the Lord from the tomb, and we don’t know where they put him.’ So Peter and the other disciple went out and came to the tomb. They both ran, but the other disciple ran faster than Peter and arrived at the tomb first; he bent down and saw the burial cloths there, but did not go in. When Simon Peter arrived after him, he went into the tomb and saw the burial cloths there, and the cloth that had covered his head, not with the burial cloths but rolled up in a separate place. Then the other disciple also went in, the one who had arrived at the tomb first, and he saw and believed. For they did not yet understand the scripture that he had to rise from the dead.” (John 20:1-9).

St. John ran faster than St. Peter, but Peter entered the tomb first. John followed him in, “saw and believed.” Like the husk of a reborn cicada, the burial cloths may have held his form, but they couldn’t contain Jesus. Remaining where the Lord left them, burial spices weighed down the wound wrappings, and they no longer constrained Jesus, the risen Christ. There was much the apostles didn’t understand, but—with burial cloths left behind—the disciples knew with their hearts what their minds struggled to absorb. Jesus had risen, “just as he said he would.” That is news worth seeing for yourself. If you’re able, you should run.

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