Summer Leisure Learning Continues

Immaculate Conception Church, 865 Hatchell Lane in Denham Springs, is hosting a Summer Leisure Learning Series each Thursday at 7 PM through August 9 in the church’s small hall. Topics include discussions of papal authority, the Eucharist, and Mary. For more information, please call 225-665-5359.

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Planned Giving

Estate Planning for Singles

When it comes to estate planning, being single doesn’t mean you’re off the hook. You still need to plan for the future, even if the present doesn’t include a spouse or partner. Here’s why: If you were to die without a will, the state in which you live would decide the fate of your assets. The people and causes you care about might not be provided for.

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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:

Where Are You? In Christ, That’s Where.

prayer july2018Travel from city to city with great frequency, and it’s common to awaken disoriented, not altogether certain where you are. Professional athletes talk about it. So do traveling sales reps, authors on book tours, and musicians on tour. It’s also true for missions participants, disaster response teams, and family members who frequently travel to visit ailing relatives. “Where are you today?” “I’m in Chicago . . . no, wait . . . I’m home. No, no, I’m not. I’m at Mom and Dad’s.” That’s how it can feel for a few moments.

Just take a look outside, grab some coffee in a lobby café, click on local TV, or make conversation with others at the hotel or home, and your mind clears. Your environment speaks to you: the weather, languages spoken, accents and idioms, signage. You know the drill. What, exactly does it mean to find yourself “in Chicago,” “at home,” or “with the folks?” Those questions are easy to answer. So, how do we answer this spiritual one: What does it mean to be “in Christ?”

As we find in St. Paul’s letter to some first century friends, consider the many ways he answered that question: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavens, as he chose us in him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and without blemish before him. In love he destined us for adoption to himself through Jesus Christ, in accord with the favor of his will, for the praise of the glory of his grace that he granted us in the beloved. In him we have redemption by his blood, the forgiveness of transgressions, in accord with the riches of his grace that he lavished upon us. In all wisdom and insight, he has made known to us the mystery of his will in accord with his favor that he set forth in him as a plan for the fullness of times, to sum up all things in Christ, in heaven and on earth” (Ephesians 1:3-10).

Take a second look. To be “in Christ,” to freely identify with Jesus Christ and his Body, the Church, is to be “blessed with every spiritual blessing.” To be in Christ is to be “chosen,” to belong, to find yourself among those God destined to be part of his plans from eternity past—“before the foundation of the world, to be holy and without blemish before him.” Recipients “of his grace,” we are redeemed and forgiven, and blessed with the knowledge and wisdom needed to serve him fully. After all, “he has made known to us the mystery of his will.” All things find their meaning and purpose—“in heaven and on earth”—in Christ, you included. In Christ, you are granted life, love, mercy, grace, knowledge, wisdom, blessing, and purpose—all “lavished on you,” “for the praise of the glory of his grace.”

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