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LOCAL DIOCESAN NEWS

40 Days for Life

Baton Rouge’s 40 Days for Life—a time of prayer, fasting and community outreach—will begin Wednesday, September 26, and run through Sunday, November 4. Participants meet and pray peacefully outside the Delta Clinic of Baton Rouge, 756 Colonial Drive. For information, visit www.40daysforlifebr.com

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Planned Giving

Have You Notified Your Beneficiaries of Your Gift?


Naming a loved one or favorite charity such as the Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge as a beneficiary of a life insurance policy or retirement plan assets is a heartfelt way to show you care. Be sure to go one step farther and notify those beneficiaries of the choices you’ve made.

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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

Show No Partiality

ministry september2018“My brothers, show no partiality as you adhere to the faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ. For if a man with gold rings on his fingers and in fine clothes comes into your assembly, and a poor person in shabby clothes also comes in, and you pay attention to the one wearing the fine clothes and say, ‘Sit here, please,’ while you say to the poor one, ‘Stand there,’ or ‘Sit at my feet,’ have you not made distinctions among yourselves and become judges with evil designs?” (James 2:1-5) Yes, you have, and it’s despicable, judgmental and prejudicial behavior, with no place in the Church nor in the lives of God’s people.

“Our glorious Lord Jesus Christ” set the standard. Near the close of his Sermon on the Mount, the Lord said, “Stop judging, that you may not be judged. Do to others whatever you would have them do to you. This is the law and the prophets” (Matthew 7:1, 12). We know this. So, why might this ever be a problem for us? Why would we treat the wealthy with greater deference than we might the poor? Clothes make the man, right? No, God made the man. The most basic truths remain the most essential. God did not create some with greater worth than others; we are all created in the image of the One who loved us enough to secure our eternal destiny through the sacrifice of the Son.

Too often, we equate externals and internal realities—the substance of possessions and outward appearance, with the substance of the heart and soul of mankind. When we do, we err. When we do, we show partiality. When we do, we judge. When we do, we reveal our prejudices. Simply put: When we do, we sin. We cannot dishonor any of those created in the image of God and still honor the One whose life purchased theirs. And ours.

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