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Planned Giving

The Benefits of Giving Stock

A Tax-Smart Way to Make an Impact


Making a gift of appreciated stock to the Diocese of Baton Rouge is an investment with real benefits. Aside from the potential tax advantages of making a generous future gift, you also gain the satisfaction of knowing that you are leaving a lasting impact on a cause close to your heart.cates? Are they tucked away in a desk drawer or stuffed into your filing cabinet? There’s a better place for them.

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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

Making Time for More Thanksgiving

prayer oct2019Thank you. It’s simple. Just two words, and the most appropriate response to someone who has offered assistance, answered a need, given encouragement, provided wise counsel, delivered a present, even responded to the need of someone you love. A mark of gracious manners, a thank you note demonstrates gratitude, a clear reflection of appreciation. Everyone has the opportunity to say “thanks,” and to act in ways that generate thankfulness on the part of others. It’s true for each of us, and it was true for Jesus.

“As Jesus continued his journey to Jerusalem, he traveled through Samaria and Galilee. As he was entering a village, ten lepers me him. They stood at a distance from him and raised their voice, saying, ‘Jesus, Master! Have pity on us!’ And when he saw them, he said, ‘Go show yourselves to the priests.’ As they were going they were cleansed. And one of them, realizing he had been healed, returned, glorifying God in a loud voice; and he fell at the feet of Jesus and thanked him. He was a Samaritan. Jesus said in reply, ‘Ten were cleansed, were they not? Where are the other nine? Has none but this foreigner returned to give thanks to God?’ Then he said to him, ‘Stand up and go; your faith has saved you’ ” (Luke 17:11-19).

A measure of common sense shapes our thoughts and conversations. We wisely avoid overusing terms that are too broad and wide-ranging. Yet, Jesus did heal them all; every one of the ten plagued with the ancient curse of leprosy was restored to full health. All of them were, no doubt, grateful for the change. But only one was so thankful that he sought out the Savior and expressed his thanks in person, falling at the Lord’s feet in worship and thanksgiving. Only one “gave thanks to God,” an echo of a greater truth. We ask God for much—for ourselves and in intercession for others. He answers. Each time, we’re right to give thanks.

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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