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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

The Familiar in the Unknown

“Enter God’s gates with thanksgiving, his courts with praise. Give thanks to him, bless his name; good indeed is the Lord, his mercy endures forever, his faithfulness lasts through every generation.”

One small Christian group member starts every day with a cup of the same type of “coffee milk” her grandmother made for her during quiet summers spent on the front porch of Grandmom’s home by a rural lake. For some things, we never tire. That cup of weak coffee—more warm milk than anything—helps to start each day of quiet reflection and prayer, inviting God’s guidance in the unknown developments of each day through the presence of the familiar. The routine means warmth and comfort, and often conjures stories of a loving grandmother and a modest lake front home. Those memories are now invested in that study group member’s own children and grandchildren. They may never fully understand the value of each story, but they grasp the importance of starting days in praise, asking for guidance as they walk with God in their lives—the familiar in the unfamiliar.   

 

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.

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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