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LOCAL DIOCESAN NEWS

Fill Up the Truck!

Help support the ministry of St. Vincent de Paul by delivering your donated items to St. Aloysius Church on Saturday, April 13, from 8 AM to 4 PM. Bring new or used clothing, furniture, shoes, handbags, towels, sheets, dishes, small appliances and similar items to the church parking lot adjacent to the football field. Please do not contribute mattresses, computers or TVs. Call (225) 939-6962 for details.

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Planned Giving

In One Sentence, Make the Impossible Possible

Remember the Diocese of Baton Rouge in Your Will or Living Trust

What if all you had to do to ensure our organization can be successful for years to come is to write a simple sentence? Sound impossible?

Securing the future of those we serve really is as simple as one sentence. By including a gift to the Diocese of Baton Rouge in your will, you can support our mission tomorrow without giving away any of your assets today.

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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

The Ministry of Mercy

ministry april2019Jesus taught the blessings of forgiveness and mercy. “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful” (Luke 6:36). The Lord frequently addressed crowds gathered at the temple, and he chose to illustrate those lessons clearly, publicly and in full view of those who threatened his life. Chief priests and Pharisees objected to the content of his teaching, condemning him and sending guards to arrest him. To test Jesus just as publicly, they directed an accused lawbreaker and made her stand before him and those crowds. How would he respond?

“Early in the morning Jesus arrived in the temple area, and all the people started coming to him, and he sat down and taught them. Then the scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery and made her stand in the middle. They said to him, ‘Teacher, this woman was caught in the very act of committing adultery. Now in the law, Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?’ They said this to test him, so that they could have some charge to bring against him” (John 8:2-6a). As the Apostle indicates, those testing Jesus held the woman in utter contempt, and cared nothing for her, the public spectacle they’d made of her, or what might become of her. They only wanting to challenge the Savior.

“Jesus bent down and began to write on the ground with his finger. But when they continued asking him, he straightened up and said to them, ‘Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.’ Again he bent down and wrote on the ground. And in response, they went away one by one, beginning with the elders. So he was left alone with the woman before him. Then Jesus straightened up and said to her, ‘Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?’ She replied, ‘No one, sir.’ Then Jesus said, ‘Neither do I condemn you. Go, and from now on do not sin any more’” (John 8:6b-11).

As our teachers often remind us, the Pharisees were right about the law. They knew it well, and quoted it to perfection. But, in their application, they failed to follow the most important commandments: “Love God, and love people.” In their hypocritical application of the Old Testament law, they failed to acknowledge their own sinfulness. Notably, Jesus didn’t correct them. He simply invited the spiritual leaders to assess their own lives before judging another’s. Realizing their error, they were humiliated and simply walked away. Jesus showed the woman mercy and sent her away with a simple admonition: Stop what you’re doing. The One with the power to judge chose not to. He showed mercy, and we are called to do the same in his name, performing the ministry of mercy: “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful,” doing as God does.

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