Dynamic Catholic Presentation

Dr. Allen Hunt of Dynamic Catholic will speak on the subject “Find Your Greatness: Four Habits That Will Transform Your Life, Friday evening, October 18, from 6:30 to 10:30 PM, at Our Lady of Mercy Church, 445 Marquette Avenue in Baton Rouge. Tickets are $25; visit or call 859-980-7900.

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Planned Giving

The Benefits of Giving Stock

A Tax-Smart Way to Make an Impact

Making a gift of appreciated stock to the Diocese of Baton Rouge is an investment with real benefits. Aside from the potential tax advantages of making a generous future gift, you also gain the satisfaction of knowing that you are leaving a lasting impact on a cause close to your heart.cates? 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:

A Message for Ministry

ministry oct2019An old hog farmer loves to tell a story about his pigs and the season they struggled to understand his call to dinner. “When I lost my voice, I couldn’t call them to their feed, so I got a stick and hammered on the side of the corn crib. They’re pretty smart and learned to associate the sound of the hammering and the corn I’d gathered for them. They did well until a few woodpeckers began to pound on a nearby tree. When the hogs went running in that direction, the birds fled to another tree, only leading to more confusion. It reminded me of our tendency to follow the latest trends, sometimes little more than noise. We don’t always find nourishment there,” certainly the case with spiritual nurture.

One of our greatest Catholic traditions mirrors our devotion to the Scriptures. We teach. St. Paul directed St. Timothy to teach scriptural truths and to direct others to find spiritual inspiration within those pages. “Remain faithful to what you have learned and believed, because you know from whom you learned it, and that from infancy you have known the sacred scriptures, which are capable of giving you wisdom for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.

“All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for refutation, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that one who belongs to God may be competent, equipped for every good work. I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingly power: proclaim the word; be persistent whether it is convenient or inconvenient; convince, reprimand, encourage through all patience and teaching” (2 Timothy 3:14-4:2). No other resource is as consistently useful as this one on which we’ve established the great traditions of the Church, a source of wisdom and spiritual nourishment in every generation.

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