St. Jean Vianney Mission

Father Cedric Pisegna CP, will present a mission entitled “Life with Passion,” Monday through Wednesday, November 6 to 8, 8:30 AM to 7 PM, at St. Jean Vianney Church, 16166 S. Harrells Ferry Road in Baton Rouge. Please call (225) 753-7950 for details.

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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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The Shepherd’s Unguarded Blessing

prayer nov2017Screenwriters are fond of the situation. A thriller narrative’s protagonist—likely a character with whom viewers identify—senses a threatening presence, someone in pursuit. And, almost as common as the actualized threat is the revelation that a shadow individual has followed our heroine or hero as an ally or protector. Well, God doesn’t lurk in the shadows. He offers guidance, counsel, support and direction openly. It is why we pursue the Lord’s protection and guiding hand, even as he pursues us.

“The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I lack. In green pastures he makes me lie down; to still waters he leads me; he restores my soul. He guides me along right paths for the sake of his name. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death. I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff comfort me. You set a table before me in front of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Indeed, goodness and mercy will pursue me all the days of my life; I will dwell in the house of the Lord for endless days” (Psalm 23:1-6).

As all students of the Scriptures know, the psalmist David was a shepherd long before he was king. He regularly faced threats to his family’s flocks, just as he was to realize the personal hazards of national leadership later on. The Lord was his shepherd, his provider, his guide, his protector, and his comfort. Moreover, God wouldn’t leave him alone. No matter the difficulty, no matter the threat—to the point of setting a table in the face of his enemies—David knew God to be present, always within reach. God pursued him. “Goodness and mercy will pursue me all the days of my life.” Into eternity: “I will dwell in the house of the Lord for endless days.” God is good. He watches. When we pray, he answers. Always ready. In pursuit.

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