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Catholic Life Television broadcasts the Tuesday Midday Mass, live from St. Joseph Cathedral at 12 Noon, and rebroadcasts the service at 6 PM and 10:30 PM. Visit www.catholiclifetv.org for a variety of daily Catholic programming.

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Planned Giving

How To Keep Your Documents Safe

What Should and Should Not Go in a Safe-Deposit Box


Where do you keep important documents such as your will, mortgage papers and birth certificates? Are they tucked away in a desk drawer or stuffed into your filing cabinet? There’s a better place for them.

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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 of an Active Faith

ministryEver wonder why you seem to retain more information by reading a book, rather than sitting through a lecture? Or, do you seem to learn more about a process by actually being a part of it—learning more hands-on, instead of just being told how something works? Truth is, we all take in new information in a variety of ways, and some ways work better for some than others. Children learn. Parents learn. Students learn, and teachers learn. And, how they go about it—the process of instruction, the science of pedagogy—shapes how much they learn.

St. Paul opened his single-chapter message to Philemon (a truly interesting letter and one worth reading in full) as he often did, with a note of gratitude. “I give thanks to my God always, remembering you in my prayers, as I hear of the love and the faith you have in the Lord Jesus and for all the holy ones” (Philemon 4-5). Paul celebrated such devotion. It was an active faith, intentional, deliberate and Philemon’s faith demonstrated real understanding. How do we know? Because Paul indicated that was so. 

“I have experienced much joy and encouragement from your love, because the hearts of the holy ones have been refreshed by you, brother” (v. 7). What’s more, the apostle wrote that the “partnership in the faith” he enjoyed with his “beloved co-worker” had been “effective in recognizing every good there is in us that leads to Christ” (v. 6). So, what does that mean? Paul stressed the need to be active in sharing the faith of the ages for a very simple but very profound reason. Simply put: There are aspects of the Christian life that will elude those who fail to actively practice their faith in the day to day. 

Certain lessons are beyond our understanding unless we exercise the key principles that underlie them. You can learn about the meaning of various traffic signs by reading about them, but you can’t learn how to drive a car without getting behind the wheel. You can appreciate fine dining, but you can’t cook without slinging a few spices of your own. And so, we determine to learn more about our Catholic commitment, expressing it more fully, actively sharing the truth of the Gospel. Sometimes, must be willing to break a sweat and get our hands dirty for the cause of Christ. How much could a spiritual callous hurt?

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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