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LOCAL DIOCESAN NEWS

Rosaryville Events

Rosaryville Spirit Life Center has scheduled prayer retreats for the weekends of March 15 to 17, and March 22 to 24. To register for either or both of these events, visit www.catholicretreatcenter.org, or call (225) 294-5039.

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Planned Giving

5 Steps to a Better Estate Plan

By planning your estate now, you create a legacy that reflects your preferences. You can do this by creating a secure future for your loved ones and also ensuring your support for the places, people and causes close to your heart.

Here are 5 simple ways that ensure your estate plan reflects your desires.

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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

Restoring Our Sight

ministry march2019The great British naval commander Horatio Nelson was blind in one eye. When Lord Nelson was fighting the Battle of Copenhagen, his senior officer, Sir Hyde Parker, hoisted the flag signaling retreat. Nelson deliberately put his telescope to his blind eye and said, “I do not see retreat. I do not see defeat.” If he had surrendered when all seemed lost, he would not have captured twelve Danish ships. Daily, we fight a battle for perspective, often unaware our spiritual enemy will hoist his flag, trying to discourage us. With humility, we wisely monitor our limited vision in the lens, and keep in mind the grinding struggle for our souls.

Just weeks before his betrayal, Jesus healed a man born blind. In error, those closest to him asked what sins may have led to the man’s blindness. When confronted with news of the healing, others wondered aloud whether those witness to the miracle were simply talking about someone else—someone without a malady whatever. Spiritually restricted to the most literal view of religious standards, the Pharisees took offense because the man’s healing took place on the Sabbath. Having listened to all their concerns and complaints, Jesus affirmed the reason for the healing. “Jesus said, ‘I came into this world for judgment, so that those who do not see might see, and those who do see might become blind’ ” (John 9:39). 

Unique, yet effectual, Jesus healed simply because he was, and is, the Great Physician, one who restores, the One who redeems. “ ‘While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.’ When he had said this, he spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva, and smeared the clay on his eyes. ‘Go wash in the Pool of Siloam,’ Jesus said to him. So he went and washed, and came back able to see” (John 9:5-7).  May our vision be guided by God’s grace, our reliance on Christ’s goodness, and the faith we’ve been granted to trust and depend on the One who restores sight.

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