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The Office of Evangelization and Catechesis for the Diocese of Baton Rouge schedules a great variety of Ministry and Theology courses each fall and spring. To learn about these and other training programs available, visit www.evangcatbr.orgor call (225) 336-8760 for additional details.

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Planned Giving

5 Great Reasons to Be Charitable

Good intentions are important, especially when it comes to giving. And a planned gift—a gift you designate to start after your lifetime—can have long-term impact.

When you support a cause or organization, what are your intentions? Here are a few reasons you might not have considered.

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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

Children Know God Blesses

prayer nov2018Celebrated writer Robert Fulghum reminds us that even young children grasp the notion of God’s sovereign blessing. “Hello. This is Emily,” one youngster prayed. “I’m fine. How are you? Thanks for the sky and the birds and stuff. Actually, I’m having a pretty good week. And thanks for the mashed potatoes, but not for the lima beans. I thank you really much for the meatloaf. And thanks for the chairs, and the tables, and the doors, and the couch and the television and the walls and the roof and the bed and the bathroom and the towels and the grass and the clouds and the street. Take care. Amen.” When she offered her litany of gratitude, Emily was five.

Of course, the needs of many of our fellow parishioners, neighbors and friends demand sober prayers that reflect the extent of their sorrow, hurt, and the burden of want. In God’s providence, the Old Testament prophet Elijah ministered to a widow and her family, dear people in need of more than lima beans. “Elijah rose and went to Zarephath. When he arrived at the entrance of the city, a widow was there gathering sticks; he called out to her, ‘Please bring me a small cupful of water to drink.’ She left to get it, and he called our after her, ‘Please bring along a crust of bread.’ She said, ‘As the Lord, your God, lives, I have nothing baked; there is only a handful of flour in my jar and a little oil in my jug.

“ ‘Just now I was collecting a few sticks, to go in and prepare something for myself and my son; when we have eaten it, we shall die.’ Elijah said to her, ‘Do not be afraid. Go and do as you have said. But first make me a little cake and bring it to me. Afterwards you can prepare something for yourself and your son. For the Lord, the God of Israel, says: The jar of flour shall not go empty, nor the jug of oil run dry, until the day when the Lord sends rain upon the earth.’ She left and did as Elijah had said. She had enough to eat for a long time—he and she and her household. The jar of flour did not go empty, nor the jug of oil run dry, according to the word of the Lord spoken through Elijah” (1 Kings 17:10-16).

Thanks to God’s generosity, one contemporary child has known the blessing of cupboards full of food within a fully furnished home. In the Scriptures, we discover another child who experienced the blessing of an endless supply, also thanks to God’s generosity. We pray, and God answers. On occasion, we lean on God’s goodness and learn the blessing of One who knows our needs before we can even shape a prayer, for “your Father knows what you need before you ask him” (Matthew 6:8b). 

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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