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LOCAL DIOCESAN NEWS

Louisiana Life March

This year’s Louisiana Life March is scheduled for Saturday, January 25, in downtown Baton Rouge, from 10 AM to Noon. Gather at the grassy area just outside the Louisiana State Capitol, and proceed down Fourth Street to Galvez Plaza. Visit www.prolifelouisiana.org/louisiana-life-march-south for complete information on the March and Bishop Michael G. Duca’s Respect Life Mass taking place in the morning prior to the march at St. Joseph Cathedral, Fourth and Main.

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Planned Giving

Is Giving One of Your Resolutions This Year?

 

Here Are 5 Guidelines to Help You Reach Your Goals

The start of a new year often brings with it a list of goals people would like to accomplish in the coming twelve months. Such a list can include a desire to be more charitable, to volunteer more, or even to learn a new skill.

If you have resolved to be more generous this year, here are five guidelines to help you reach your goals.

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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

And the Word Became Flesh

prayerPattern recognition is a function of learning and memory, and it’s at least somewhat predictable. When you look into a forested area, you expect to see trees, bushes and overgrowth, but you overlook the animal whose coat or skin camouflages its appearance and our ability to see it. Our capacity to recognize patterns and catalog them, however—over and over again—actually fortifies our struggle to recognize anything that falls outside the norm. Anything that defies expectations. Like the sudden appearance of a man who is divine. Like someone who enters Creation but was really the One who created it. Like someone who enters the dark and bleak reality of a difficult and defeated culture but is actually the Light of the world.

We begin this new decade with a graphic designer’s visual dream: 2020, visually pleasing, denoting deep, spiritual vision—the ability to gaze far ahead and see clearly. It was a skill in short supply in the first century when Jesus took the mantle and began his public ministry. Many would argue that it’s in short supply still. So, let’s begin at the beginning. In his Gospel narrative, the Apostle John did exactly that. He began at the beginning. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came to be through him, and without him nothing came to be” (John 1:1-3a). In the beginning of time and creation was the Word, capital “W,” and the Word was and is a person, a personal being through whom “all things came to be.” All things? Eliminating any confusion, the author anticipated that question. Exactly so. “Without him nothing came to be.” 

“Light and life to all he brings,” we sang this Christmas season, as we do every year in the familiar third verse of the Christmas carol, “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing.” We find inspiration for those lyrics in the Gospel of John. “Through him was life, and this life was the light of the human race; the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it” (vv.4-5). Still further, we read, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness” (John 8:12). And Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live” (John 11:25). “I am the way and the truth and the life,” he added. “No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6), leaving no doubt about the Lord’s identity or his intent in coming.
 

Sadly, some who walked the same streets failed to believe. “He was in the world, and the world came to be through him, but the world did not know him. He came to what was his own, but his own people did not accept him” (John 1:10-11). Jesus didn’t their pattern. He came to his countrymen a humble carpenter’s son. Yet, in the face of conflicting expectations and unrecognized historic patterns, the faithful yet believed. They were firsthand witnesses. Christ had come. “And the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us, and we saw his glory, the glory as of the Father’s only Son, full of grace and truth” (v. 14).

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