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Catholic Life Television broadcasts the Tuesday Midday Mass, live from St. Joseph Cathedral at 12 Noon, and rebroadcasts the service at 6 PM and 10:30 PM. Visit www.catholiclifetv.org for a variety of daily Catholic programming.

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Planned Giving

Have You Notified Your Beneficiaries of Your Gift?


Naming a loved one or favorite charity such as the Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge as a beneficiary of a life insurance policy or retirement plan assets is a heartfelt way to show you care. Be sure to go one step farther and notify those beneficiaries of the choices you’ve made.

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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

To Understand the Way, Along the Way

prayer september2018With summer vacations in the rearview mirror, discussions of school, new teachers, assignments, and fall sports are seasoned by the memories created in recent months, a souvenir or two, maybe even a T-shirt or hat that helps us remember a recent visit to an amusement park, national park or historic site. Perhaps, along the way, relationships with family and friends have taken on new meaning, helping shape the most important fruit of any trip: great conversations and time together. That is, if we take time to talk.

Is there any way to overstate the value of interaction, or the benefits of simple conversation on a healthy trip with friends or members of the family? Never tempted by smartphones and earbuds, Jesus and his disciples traveled all across Galilee. Along the way, the Messiah taught them: encouraging them, teaching them, challenging them, offering instruction and correction. In those discussions, we discover more about Jesus, his desires for the Twelve, and—by extension—the Lord’s desires for us. “Jesus and his disciples set out for the villages of Caesarea Philippi. Along the way he asked his disciples, ‘Who do people say that I am?’ They said in reply, ‘John the Baptist, others Elijah, still others one of the prophets.’ And he asked them, ‘But who do you say that I am?’ Peter said to him in reply, ‘You are the Messiah’ ” (Mark 8:27-29). What a conversation.

“He began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer greatly and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and rise after three days. He spoke this openly. Then Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. At this he turned around and, looking at his disciples, rebuked Peter and said, ‘Get behind me, Satan. You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do’” (Mark 8:31-33). What a conversation.

“He summoned the crowd with his disciples and said to them, ‘Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and that of the gospel will save it. What profit is there for one to gain the whole world and forfeit his life’” (Mark 8:34-36). What a conversation. And what an instructive moment—for the crowds, for the apostles, and for us. The things we can learn when we spend time with the Lord, along the way.

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.
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