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Planned Giving

How To Balance Family and Giving

Whether you’re caring for children, aging parents or both, priorities can be stretched thin. And between living expenses, school fees and saving for the future, you may find yourself putting your philanthropic goals on the back burner.

At least for now. 

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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

This Is What We Think

prayer aug2019Through the ages, philosophers and poets have debated life’s difficulties. What is the most troubling or burdensome task, for example? What activity requires the greatest effort? Keeping a secret, one wryly observed. Consistency, wrote one, persistence another. Emerson identified thinking as “the hardest task in the world.” And a century later, Albert Camus suggested one reason why: “We get into the habit of living before acquiring the habit of thinking. In that race which daily hastens us toward death, the body maintains its irreparable lead.” In contemporary language, one might say, “We get ahead of ourselves.” Or, by inverting the proverb, we leap before we look. St. Paul encouraged people to do even more than that. He cautioned his readers to think wisely. Those linked with a heavenly purpose, wisely think with a heavenly perspective.

This was his message to the Colossians: “If you were raised with Christ, seek what is above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Think of what is above, not of what is on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ your life appears, then you too will appear with him in glory. Put to death, then, the parts of you that are earthly: immorality, impurity, (misdirected) passion, evil desire, and the greed that is idolatry.” And then, “stop lying to one another, since you have taken off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed, for knowledge, in the image of its Creator. Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcision and uncircumcision, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all and in all.”

“Think of what is above, not of what is on earth.” Like Camus would write much, much later, the Apostle Paul drew an obvious connection between thought and action, and thus between ‘thinking’ and ‘living,’ mind and body. Which of the two really occupies our minds—earthly thinking, or heavenly thinking? Whatever the balance in our checkbooks, what do we think of, when we think of gold? Is it comforting prosperity, or is it kingdom pavement? Living too much in the past is one thing, but thinking about the future means more than wishing and hoping.

As St. Paul wrote, in Christ we’ve replaced the old with the new—an eternal perspective, not just a temporal one, no matter how hopeful. Regardless of our account balances, how others perceive us, our backgrounds, or how stacked a resume, our identity is found—not in ourselves—but in Jesus. And, that—life with Christ, here and forever—is what should fill our minds. That is what we think.

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