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Planned Giving

How Your Will Keeps Giving, After You’re Gone


A will or living trust allows you to protect your loved ones long after your lifetime. These documents also grant you the power to provide vital resources to causes you care deeply about—resources that organizations and institutions like the Diocese of Baton Rouge need in order to thrive.

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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

“Be Compassionate, for I Am Compassionate”

“You shall not oppress or afflict a resident alien, for you were once aliens residing in the land of Egypt. You shall not wrong any widow or orphan. If ever you wrong them and they cry out to me, I will surely listen to their cry. My wrath will flare up, and I will kill you with the sword; then your own wives will be widows, and your children orphans. If you lend money to my people, the poor among you, you must not be like a moneylender; you must not demand interest from them. If you take your neighbor’s cloak as a pledge, you shall return it to him before sunset; for this is his only covering; it is the cloak for his body. What will he sleep in? If he cries out to me, I will listen; for I am compassionate.”

Tragedies of our age guarantee displaced thousands require a new home. Whether from war, famine, pestilence, disease, or political oppression, great hordes of refugees flee their native homes for freedom, protection, shelter, food, healthcare, and opportunity. We should take great comfort that our blessed Catholic Church has long offered leadership and abundant resources to those in need, in this country and abroad. God reminded the Israelites to remember they were once aliens in another’s country themselves. That is true of every single one of us. To the children of Israel, the Lord declared, “I am compassionate.” May we be blessed to have our wonderful God say the same of us.

 

This devotional article is taken from the Total Stewardship curriculum of the Diocese of Baton Rouge, one of dozens of devotional pieces that support resources designed for the Stewardship of Prayer, the Stewardship of Ministry, and the Stewardship of Finance. The material purposefully aligns with the annual Catholic liturgy, the Third Edition of the Roman Missal and the Revised Edition of the New American Bible. We invite you to contact us for more information concerning ways the Total Stewardship curriculum might be used to serve your parish and your parishioners.

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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