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LOCAL DIOCESAN NEWS

Day of Prayer

The Marian Servants of the Eucharist are sponsoring a day of prayer, “Be Healed 2022,” Saturday, March 21, from 8:30 to 3:30 PM at St. George Catholic Church, 7808 St, George Drive in Baton Rouge. Father Paul Yi will celebrate the Mass, and representatives of the Marian Servants from St. Augustine, Florida will help lead activities throughout the day. Visit www.marianservants.com/donate

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Planned Giving

Are You Prepared for Tax Time?

Tax season is here. If you haven’t done so already, it is time to gather paperwork and file your 2019 taxes. Below, you’ll find some tips to help you prepare for your tax appointment and ensure you get the most out of your giving.

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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

Comforter and Conqueror

ministry march20This month, we participate in Lenten activities, knowing Easter—the celebration of Christ’s resurrection—is just weeks away. We pray. We prepare. We reflect on the work of our Savior who rose from the dead to ensure life for us. We admit our weakness and honor his glorious power, this One who conquered the grave. We celebrate the resurrection, but—for Jesus—it wasn’t the only story like it in the weeks leading up to that fateful event. A friend of his named Lazarus died, and the man’s sisters, Mary and Martha, asked Jesus to come and offer comfort. He did more than that.

“Jesus had not yet come into the village but was still where Martha had met him. So when the Jews who were with her in the house comforting her saw Mary get up quickly and go out, they followed her, presuming that she was going to the tomb to weep there. When Mary came to where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said to him, ‘Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.’ When Jesus saw her weeping and the Jews who had come with her weeping, he was deeply troubled, and said, ‘Where have you laid him?’ They said to him, ‘Sir, come and see.’ And Jesus wept.

“So the Jews said, ‘See how he loved him.’ But some of them said, ‘Could not the one who opened the eyes of the blind man have done something so that this man would not have died?’ So Jesus came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone lay across it. Jesus said, ‘Take away the stone.’ Martha, the dead man’s sister, said to him, ‘Lord, by now there will be a stench; he has been dead for four days.’ Jesus said to her, ‘Did I not tell you that if you believe you will see the glory of God?’ So they took away the stone. And Jesus raised his eyes and said, ‘Father, I thank you for hearing me. I know that you always hear me; but because of the crowd here I have said this, that they may believe that you sent me.’ And when he had said this, he cried out in a loud voice, ‘Lazarus, come out!’ The dead man came out, tied hand and foot with burial bands, and his face was wrapped in a cloth. So Jesus said to them, ‘Untie him and let him go.’ (John 11:30-44).

Jesus wept. Though as brief as any verse in the Scriptures, few are more striking. Our Lord identified with the pain and loss his friends experienced, grieving for those he loved, troubled by a world so clearly broken. In mere days, he did something about that. But in Bethany, for his friends in their grief, he touched and healed and comforted and conquered death for a family in need. As he himself would do very soon, rising on the third day from his own tomb, Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, our comforter and our conqueror.

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