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Eucharistic Healing Morning

A Eucharistic Morning for Healing and Consolation is scheduled for Saturday, January 26, from 9 to 10 AM at Most Blessed Sacrament Church, 15615 Jefferson Avenue in Baton Rouge. For more information, call (225) 752-6230.

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Planned Giving

A Personal Approach to Giving

Including a gift in your will is a thoughtful way to support the causes and organizations that are close to your heart—respected institutions like the Diocese of Baton Rouge, for example. It’s an easy way to support our mission in the future without using any of your assets today. Consider two special features that make this a popular type of gift: flexibility and versatility.

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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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In Christ, We Know Who We Are

prayer jan2019Scribes, fishermen, shepherds, tentmakers, devout parents, cloth makers and farmers all knew it. At the dawn of what became the first century, every Jew in Roman-occupied Palestine knew what to expect. When the Messiah arrived, “upon his shoulders dominion would rest. His name will be Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, the Everlasting Father and the Prince of Peace.” Upon the historic throne of David, he would reign forever. When he came, John the Baptist seemed an impressive man, a prophet really. The people naturally wondered if he might be the One. Without hesitation, he answered their queries. “No.”

“Now the people were filled with expectation, and all were asking in their hearts whether John might be the Messiah. John answered them all, saying, ‘I am baptizing you with water, but one mightier than I is coming. I am not worthy to loosen the thongs of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. After all the people had been baptized and Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, ‘You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased’ ” (Luke 3:15-16, 21-22).

The people “filled with expectation” awaited Emmanuel, the prophets told them ‘who’ to expect, and, as faithful Hebrews, they had lived in anticipation of the Messiah’s coming for generations. John had that appearance—not outwardly, maybe—but his actions reflected a level of prophetic work they’d not seen in centuries. And yet, John pointed most purposefully to the coming Savior. He knew his calling, who he was, and who he was not. “One mightier than I is coming.” Obviously, Jesus knew his divine identity, as well. Most keenly, our Heavenly Father made certain to affirm that identity and did so publicly. “A voice came from heaven, ‘You are my beloved Son.’ ”

Resting in the clarity of that message, we live and work and worship and serve. Based on the Incarnation, his public ministry, the Crucifixion, the Resurrection and the Ascension of Jesus Christ, we know as faithful Catholics in our day, that we too are witnesses of his coming. John prepared the way for the Lord, and we point to his return. We begin another year with a clear calling. We, too, know who we are, and we understand how we are to live. 

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