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LOCAL DIOCESAN NEWS

Magnificat Breakfast

Bishop Michael G. Duca is the scheduled guest speaker for a Magnificat breakfast meeting on Saturday, August 17, from 9 AM to noon, at the Oak Lodge Reception Center, 2834 S. Sherwood Forest Boulevard in Baton Rouge. Tickets are $22 each, and can be purchased by visiting www.bit.ly/MagBRAugust2019

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Planned Giving

How To Balance Family and Giving

Whether you’re caring for children, aging parents or both, priorities can be stretched thin. And between living expenses, school fees and saving for the future, you may find yourself putting your philanthropic goals on the back burner.

At least for now. 

Read more . . .

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

A Heritage of Faith

ministry aug2019“Faith is the realization of what is hoped for and evidence of things not seen. Because of it the ancients were well attested” (Hebrews 11:1-2). So, who exactly, were the ancients? They included those the Scriptures reveal a great deal about, people like Abraham and Moses and David, Ruth and Hannah and Esther. And, they included those we know less about, people like Rahab and Jephthah, Deborah and Enoch. They all had at least one thing in common. They lived by faith, and the eleventh chapter of Hebrews includes testimonies of their faithfulness.

The nation itself—Israel, the nation of the Hebrews—was born of faith, a child granted to a couple far past child-bearing years. Readers are introduced to Abram and Sarai, their son Isaac knew them as Abraham and Sarah. “By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance; he went out, not knowing where he was to go. By faith he sojourned in the promised land as in a forgiven country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs of the same promise; for he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and maker is God.

“By faith he received power to generate, even though he was past the normal age—and Sarah herself was sterile—for he thought that the one who had made the promise was trustworthy. So it was that there came forth from one man, himself as good as dead, descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sands on the seashore” (Hebrews 11:8-12).

When God revealed this blessing to Abraham, the patriarch laughed and wondered if it wasn’t quite impossible, a private exchange recorded in Genesis, chapter 17: “ ‘Can a child be born to a man who is a hundred years old? Can Sarah give birth at ninety?’ ” To echo their astonishment, the aged couple named their son Isaac, the Hebrew word for laughter. Abraham was a century old, and Sarah only a decade younger. God nevertheless blessed them with a son, and—through that family—came “descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky.” They included Moses and David, Ruth and Esther. They also included a young carpenter named Joseph, his betrothed Mary, and their young son Jesus.

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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