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The final months of the year are traditionally considered the season of giving. In addition to the gifts we give to the important people in our lives, this season of generosity also offers a prime opportunity to show support for the causes we love. When you support the Diocese of Baton Rouge, not only will others benefit, but so will you.

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One God, and One God Only

Most parishioners know at least one story concerning the Old Testament prophet Daniel, identifying him as the faithful Jewish prophet who survived a night in a den of lions. What sent him there may be less well known. In that day, King Darius forbade allegiance to anyone but himself, the king. Instead, Daniel continued to pray to Jehovah, the God of Glory, the God of all things. No doubt, the king’s followers thought they could easily dispense with the troublesome follower of God by making sure the king signed his proclamation into law. God had other ideas for his servant Daniel.

“Even after Daniel heard that this law had been signed, he continued his custom of going home to kneel in prayer and give thanks to his God in the upper chamber three times a day, with the windows open toward Jerusalem. So these men—the king’s officials—stormed in and found Daniel praying and pleading before his God. Then they went to remind the king about the prohibition: ‘Did you not sign a decree, O king, that for thirty days, whoever makes a petition to anyone, divine or human, except to you, O king, shall be cast into a den of lions?’ The king answered them, ‘The decree is absolute, irrevocable under the law of the Medes and Persians.’ To this they replied, ‘Daniel, one of the Jewish exiles, has paid no attention to you, O king, or to the prohibition you signed; three times a day he offers his prayer.’ The king was deeply grieved at this news.” He had grown somewhat fond of God’s servant, yet was trapped by his own words. Daniel was forcibly cast into the lions’ den, yet God closed their mouths, and his servant survived until morning, when he was freed. As had been true generations before, what man meant for ill, God meant for good.

 

This devotional article is taken from the Total Stewardship curriculum of the Diocese of Baton Rouge, one of dozens of devotional pieces that support resources designed for the Stewardship of Prayer, the Stewardship of Ministry, and the Stewardship of Finance. The material purposefully aligns with the annual Catholic liturgy, the Third Edition of the Roman Missal and the Revised Edition of the New American Bible. We invite you to contact us for more information concerning ways the Total Stewardship curriculum might be used to serve your parish and your parishioners.

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