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Planned Giving

Your Estate Plan’s Quarterback

Your estate plan is the combination of documents that determine how your assets will be managed and distributed. When you create this plan, one of the most helpful things you can do for your family and beneficiaries is to spell out in detail how you want your estate to be handled. A critical part of that process is naming an executor.

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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: 
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The Encouraging Promise of His Return

prayer dec2018How would you like it, if your spiritual mentors wrote the following about you? “We give thanks to God always for all of you, remembering you in our prayers, unceasingly calling to mind your work of faith and labor of love and endurance in hope of our Lord Jesus Christ.” The Apostle Paul, serving alongside missionary associates Silvanus and Timothy, opened his first letter to the Thessalonians using exactly those words. St. Paul could be quite the encourager.

First Thessalonians, that initial letter, offered a Greek community beset by religious persecution a message that wears well when we read it this Advent season, for the author speaks of “the coming of our Lord Jesus” (3:13b). “What thanksgiving, then, can we render to God for you, for all the joy we feel on your account before our God? Night and day we pray beyond measure to see you in person and to remedy the deficiencies of your faith. Now may God himself, our Father, and our Lord Jesus direct our way to you, and may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, just as we have for you, so as to strengthen your hearts, to be blameless in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus wth all his holy ones” (3:9-13).

At its writing, perhaps many thousands could speak of a Jesus they saw and heard personally, certainly many who heard about him from first-hand witnesses. They knew the Lord had come, arriving in Bethlehem as a blessing to a humble carpenter and his betrothed, the Virgin Mary. And, they knew the Savior had come, had died a horribly public death, and had appeared to hundreds after his resurrection in the days before he returned to Glory. Paul knew Jesus would return. With that reassurance, he closed his letter: “May the God of peace himself make you perfectly holy and may you entirely, spirit, soul, and body, be preserved blameless for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful, and he will also accomplish it” (5:23-24).

Our Savior came to us in the city of David, just as the prophets foretold. We celebrate that Incarnation every Christmas season. Through the Advent, we celebrate his coming, along with the assurance of his return. Throughout the ages, that promise has encouraged and reassured the faithful, and—with a message of thanksgiving for the Lord and his Church—we proclaim it anew.

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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