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LOCAL DIOCESAN NEWS

Discalced Carmelites

The Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites will meet Sunday, November 12, at 1:30 PM, in St. Gabriel’s Room at Our Lady of Mercy Parish’s Activity Center: 444 Marquette Avenue in Baton Rouge. For additional information, please call (225) 343-3181, or (225) 803-3391.

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Planned Giving

Make a Tax-Free Gift with an IRA


If you are 70½ years old or older, you can take advantage of a simple way to benefit the Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge and receive tax benefits in return. You can give up to $100,000 from your IRA directly to a qualified charity such as ours without having to pay income taxes on the money. This law no longer has an expiration date, so you are free to make annual gifts to our organization this year and well into the future.

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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

Do What He Does

“Jesus spoke to the crowds and to his disciples, saying, ‘The scribes and the Pharisees have taken their seat on the chair of Moses. Therefore, do and observe all things whatsoever they tell you, but do not follow their example. For they preach but they do not practice. They tie up heavy burdens and lay them on people’s shoulders, but they will not lift a finger to move them. All their works are performed to be seen. They widen their phylacteries and lengthen their tassels. They love places of honor at banquets, seats of honor in synagogues, greetings in marketplaces, and the salutation, Rabbi. As for you, do not be called Rabbi. You have but one teacher, and you are all brothers.’ ”

“Practice what you preach.” “Do as I say, don’t do as I do.” The messages are so confusing. Life teaches another lesson: Modeling the example of Jesus is a life-consuming challenge. It means loving the unlovely, carrying the load of others on an already-burdened back. Putting others first. Taking a seat on the last row, and leaving the front row to people less fortunate. “We have but one teacher,” and his instructional ability has never been in question. Instead, we might ask, “What kind of students will we be?”

 

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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