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LOCAL DIOCESAN NEWS

WINE Event

Women in the New Evangelization (WINE) will host their initial Women, Wine and Wisdom event, scheduled for Monday, February 11 at Drusilla Seafood, 3482 Drusilla Lane in Baton Rouge. To register, visit www.catholicvineyard.com

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Planned Giving

Fast Facts About Planned Giving

If you hear “planned giving” and think it’s only for people older or wealthier than you—or that it’s just too confusing—you’re not alone. However, planned giving is for people of all ages and any economic status, and it doesn’t have to be difficult.

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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

Jesus Affirms His Calling

prayer feb2019“Play something for us. Play something.” Brittany’s guests spied the piano in her family room, asked if she played, then—when she said she did—requested a demonstration of her ability. Tell people you speak another language, chances are they’ll want you to affirm your knowledge. The same is true for jugglers, those adept at card tricks, anyone with knowledge of trivia, familiarity with the Scriptures, or the ability to tell a joke. It’s certainly true when a skill seems inconsistent with what others already know about you.

Early in his ministry, Jesus performed the miraculous, amazing many and drawing others to follow him. “While the crowd was pressing in on Jesus and listening to the word of God, he was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret. He saw two boats there alongside the lake; the fishermen had disembarked and were washing their nets. Getting into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, he asked him to put out a short distance from the shore. Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat. After he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, ‘Put out into deep water and lower your nets for a catch.’

“Simon said in reply, ‘Master, we have worked hard all night and have caught nothing, but at your command I will lower the nets.’ When they had done this, they caught a great number of fish and their nets were tearing. They signaled to their partners in the other boat to come to help them. They came and filled both boats so that they were in danger of sinking. When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at the knees of Jesus and said, ‘Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man.’ For astonishment at the catch of fish they had made seized him and all those with him, and likewise James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners of Simon. Jesus said to Simon, ‘Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.’ When they brought their boats to the shore, they left everything and followed him” (Luke 5:1-11).

 

To some, Jesus Christ’s message meant challenge and difficulty. To most, he offered the promise of blessing, freedom, release, redemption, and hope. From a reservoir of love, he healed. From a ready supply of grace and mercy, he restored. And when he performed those miracles, he affirmed his identity. The divine Son of God, he came “to seek and to save the lost.” At every turn, he affirmed his calling.

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