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Eucharistic Healing Morning

A Eucharistic Morning for Healing and Consolation is scheduled for Saturday, January 26, from 9 to 10 AM at Most Blessed Sacrament Church, 15615 Jefferson Avenue in Baton Rouge. For more information, call (225) 752-6230.

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Planned Giving

A Personal Approach to Giving

Including a gift in your will is a thoughtful way to support the causes and organizations that are close to your heart—respected institutions like the Diocese of Baton Rouge, for example. It’s an easy way to support our mission in the future without using any of your assets today. Consider two special features that make this a popular type of gift: flexibility and versatility.

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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

Of Value to God, He Delights in You

finance jan2019Let’s chat about the gifts you gave this Christmas and those you received. Did a few supplant those exchanged in a previous year? A newer sweater, another bracelet, the latest electronic device, the most recent game, a novel tool? It’s likely that you’ll cherish at least a gift or two. They’ll endure. So will your fondness for them. Except for those individuals who wait until the last minute to choose any gift, everyone hopes to find an item or an idea of lasting value. God does an especially good job of that.

We celebrate God’s goodness. Not only does the Lord provide the substance, the resources, and the means to ensure food, clothing and shelter, but he grants us the giftedness that affirms our relationships with him, his Church, each other, and all those we serve. “There are different kinds of spiritual gifts but the same Spirit; there are different forms of service but the same Lord; there are different workings but the same God who produces all of them in everyone. To each individual the manifestation of the Spirit is given for some benefit” (1 Corinthians 12:4-7).  

We also begin a new year, humbly acknowledging how God sees us, his beloved. Because we care for those with whom we exchange gifts, we shop for just the right item. Because God cares for us and those we’re called to serve, we are equipped for works of service. Amazingly, God sees the faithful as valuable gifts he cherishes. “The Lord delights in you.”

“For Zion’s sake I will not be silent, for Jerusalem’s sake I will not keep still, until her vindication shines forth like the dawn and her salvation like a burning torch. Nations shall behold your vindication, and all kings your glory; you shall be called by a new name bestowed by the mouth of the Lord. You shall be a glorious crown in the hand of the Lord, a royal diadem in the hand of your God. No more shall you be called ‘Forsaken,’ nor your land called ‘Desolate.’ But you shall be called ‘My Delight is in her,’ and your land ‘Espoused.’ For the Lord delights in you, and your land shall be espoused. For as a young man marries a virgin, your Builder shall marry you; and as a bridegroom rejoices in his bride so shall your God rejoice in you” (Isaiah 62:1-5).

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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