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Televised Mass

Catholic Life Television broadcasts the Tuesday Midday Mass, live from St. Joseph Cathedral at 12 Noon, and rebroadcasts the service at 6 PM and 10:30 PM. Visit www.catholiclifetv.org for a variety of daily Catholic programming.

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For the convenience of our readers, a four-page, abridged set of monthly Stewardship Today articles is available as a downloadable PDF file.

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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

The Seed of Sacrifice

finance march2019“Unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit. Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will preserve it for eternal life” (John 12:24-25). The possibility of life? Sure. But, few think of a common, ordinary seed as something that is alive. And yet, pointing to a seed’s inherent potential for fruitful life, Jesus used this metaphor to indicate what life is really all about. It doesn’t simply rest in what we store up, collect, cling to, or amass. Most importantly, the value of life is defined by what we are willing to give up.

The potential for fruitful life is within each seed. Every single productive fruit tree in the orchard begins in exactly the same way, as a small seed. Because each seed—if personified, almost like a selfless friend—willingly sacrifices its own identity, becoming something far greater. Similar potential is found in each individual, and that is Jesus Christ’s message to us. When we become identified with Christ, we place personal identity on a lower shelf, gaining something far more significant than productive earthly life. In God’s grace and mercy, we gain life eternal.

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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