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The Office of Evangelization and Catechesis is accepting registrations for the summer session of the Ministry and Theology (MAT) Program. Topics include The Sacraments, The Catholic Scriptures, Mariology, and Catholic Identity in the Catholic School. For more information, visit www.evangcatbr.org

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Planned Giving

3 Ways to Ensure Family Comes First


Naming the Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge as a beneficiary in your will is a simple way to enable the future of our important work. But maybe you’ve hesitated because you’re unsure about how much to give.

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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

God, and His Love, Came First

ministry may2018Which came first, the chicken or the egg? At the time of Christ, esteemed philosophers debated the question as part of a cyclical reality. We still do, though   some see life more simply. While teaching her children to read, one first grade Catholic school teacher introduced a series of stories about a farm family that raised chickens. To help her students better understand that endeavor, she brought an incubator with several fertilized chicken eggs to class. Over the next several weeks, the young girls and boys watched as young chicks pecked their way free—shifting from a container with eggs, to a container with chicks. So, how did those children answer the question, “Which came first?”

Wisely, their teacher—a spiritual mentor to many—suggested a third possibility. “Consider this,” she suggested. “Rather than asking which came first, ask who came first.” “Before the egg was gathered in the incubator, a hen had to lay it. So, you might say the chicken came first. But, as you watched for yourselves in class, before the baby chicks were hatched, an egg came first. You saw that yourselves. And yet, we believe God is the great Creator. Before either the chicken or the egg, there was God. The God who loves you came first.” It’s an instructive Christian principle with great application in establishing our Catholic identity. “We love because he first loved us” (1 John 4:19).

We’re shrewd. We’re clever. We’re smart, and we could have figured out this “love one another” business on our own, right? The New Testament author indicates otherwise. Loving others begins with the Father. “Beloved, let us love one another, because love is of God; everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God. Whoever is without love does not know God, for God is love. In this way the love of God was revealed to us; God sent his only Son into the world so that we might have life through him. In this is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as expiation for our sins” (1 John 4:7-10). Our love for others—just like our love for God—begins with the Lord and his example of unconditional sacrifice on our behalf. “We love because he first loved us.”

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