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The Way of the Cross

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge, in coordination with St. Joseph Cathedral and St. Vincent de Paul, is again hosting the annual Downtown Way of the Cross on Good Friday, April 19. The procession will begin at the Cathedral at 9 AM, and will conclude at 10:30 AM. Call (225) 336-8700 for additional information.

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Planned Giving

In One Sentence, Make the Impossible Possible

Remember the Diocese of Baton Rouge in Your Will or Living Trust

What if all you had to do to ensure our organization can be successful for years to come is to write a simple sentence? Sound impossible?

Securing the future of those we serve really is as simple as one sentence. By including a gift to the Diocese of Baton Rouge in your will, you can support our mission tomorrow without giving away any of your assets today.

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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:

A Lyrical Echo of Sacrificial Death

prayer april2019We read the following, are told the text is found in the Scriptures, and reasonably wonder from what Gospel narrative the message comes to us: “All who see me mock me; they curl their lips and jeer; they shake their heads at me: He relied on the Lord—let him deliver him; if he loves him, let him rescue him.” We picture the cruel setting: Christ on the cross, Roman soldiers mocking him even as he hung there and suffered for us.

“Dogs surround me; a pack of evildoers closes in on me. They have pierced my hands and my feet. I can count all my bones. They stare at me and gloat; they divide my garments among them; for my clothing they cast lots. But you, Lord, do not stay far off; my strength, come quickly to help me.” And yet, we’d search in vain for those precise words in any New Testament Gospel account. No, we find the message—a startlingly specific and prophetic one—in Psalm 22, a messianic psalm of David. Additional verses aligns the Son with the Father, inviting us to worship Jesus as the Divine Son of God.

“Then I will proclaim your name to my brethren; in the assembly I will praise you: You who fear the Lord, give praise! All descendants of Jacob, give honor; show reverence, all descendants of Israel.” Matthew, Mark, Luke and John granted instructive insight into the events of those fateful days. For readers of the Old Testament’s poetic songbook, their detailed narratives concerning the King of Glory and his sacrificial death gave life to the ancient prophecy of the nation’s beloved king from centuries before.

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