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LOCAL DIOCESAN NEWS

Sounds of Peace Concert

St. Aloysius Catholic Parish, 2025 Stuart Avenue in Baton Rouge, is hosting a free concert featuring Kitty Cleveland and her “Sounds of Peace Project for the Poor,” on Sunday afternoon, December 15, from 2 to 4 PM. Visit www.kittycleveland.com for additional details.

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Planned Giving

Turn Your Annual Gift into a Forever Gift


Annual gifts are a critical lifeline to the Diocese of Baton Rouge. Without them, we couldn’t fully fund our work. If you’re an annual donor, you know firsthand the satisfaction that comes from making a difference—and we deeply appreciate your generosity. But as you look to the future, you may wonder what will happen to the programs made possible through your gifts once you’re gone. How can you make sure your generosity continues forever?

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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

Christ Has Come, Bringing Justice and Peace

prayer dec2019Christmas is a season of celebration and a time for worship and service. Christ has come, Emmanuel, God with us! As we rejoice, shepherds to whom the heavenly host appeared the night of the child’s birth left the manger joyous, “glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, just as it had been told to them” (Matthew 2:20). They worshiped, they celebrated his coming, and they told others the good news. Christ had come. They had good reason to worship and celebrate, and they had a story to tell. Their Messiah had come.

We know the New Testament narrative and annually read from both St. Matthew’s Gospel and from that of St. Luke. The familiar shepherds were among the multitudes who prayerfully awaited the birth of their King; they’d long heard the prophetic testimony of the Old Testament. We look, for example, to the messianic eleventh chapter of Isaiah. A descendant of King David will assume the eternal throne of Glory, it proclaims, bearing gifts of justice and peace, wise counsel and heavenly knowledge. “A shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse, and from his roots a bud shall blossom. The spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him: a spirit of wisdom and of understanding, a spirit of counsel and of strength, a spirit of knowledge and of fear of the Lord, and his delight shall be the fear of the Lord. Not by appearance shall he judge, nor by hearsay shall he decide, but he shall judge the poor with justice, and decide fairly for the land’s afflicted” (Isaiah 11:1-4a).

Jesus Christ has come, and he has brought with him a spirit of justice and the assurance of peace, and we worship him. “Justice shall be the band around his waist, and faithfulness a belt upon his hips. Then the wolf shall be a guest of the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat; the calf and the young lion shall browse together, with a little child to lead them. The earth shall be filled with knowledge of the Lord, as water covers the sea” (Isaiah 11:5-6, 9b).

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