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From St. Therese of Lisieux:

“Prayer means a launching out of the heart toward God. It means lifting up one’s eyes, quite simply, to heaven—a cry of grateful love, from the crest of joy or the trough of despair. It’s a vast, supernatural force that opens my heart and binds me close to Jesus.”




Human trafficking is the third largest international crime industry; the average victim suffers repeated abuse, often thousands of times, and many of those victims are adolescents and young adults. Metanoia Inc, one of this year’s recipients of a Works of Mercy Trust grant, addresses the unique needs of these young people, their potential for poverty, and their lack of opportunity, providing job skills training, sheltered employment, and training in financial management. Metanoia helps adolescent victims of human trafficking pursue renewed purpose in life. Please take a few moments and discover the many ways this wonderful organization ministers to such special neighbors at the Metanoia Inc. website,




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Come Lord Jesus Anniversary Mass


To mark the Fiftieth Anniversary of the “Come Lord Jesus” program, founder Fr. Conley Bertrand will lead a Mass of celebration on Wednesday, August 21 at 8 AM at St. Aloysius Church, 2025 Stuart Avenue in Baton Rouge. For additional information, please write

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Diocese of Baton Rouge College Ministries


The Diocese of Baton Rouge offers college students a host of ministry, fellowship and service opportunities, on campus and in our surrounding communities: regular Mass and confession times, individual counseling, retreats, leadership training and more. Plan to get involved this fall through the following Catholic campus ministries: Through Christ the King Catholic Church at Louisiana State University (, the Southern University MLK Catholic Center (on Facebook, and through This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ), the St. Albert Catholic Student Center at Southeastern Louisiana University (, and at Franciscan University—formerly Our Lady of the Lake College—through their informative website ( 


“The just shall flourish like the palm tree, shall grow like a cedar of Lebanon. Planted in the house of the Lord, they shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall bear fruit even in old age. They shall stay fresh and green, to proclaim: ‘The Lord is just, my rock in whom there is no wrong.’ ”

(Psalm 92:13-16; New American Bible, Revised Edition)



Prayers of the Saints: St. Dominic

From the Stewardship Today Archives, August 2010

St. Peter preached a wondrous sermon at Pentecost, helping to establish the Church. Later, St. Stephen, one of the first deacons, preached such a convicting sermon, it cost him his life. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, preaching—the proclamation of the Gospel message—claims a unique capacity to change lives. That capacity was certainly needed at the close of the twelfth century when heresies struck the European Church. more

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Planned Giving

How To Balance Family and Giving

Whether you’re caring for children, aging parents or both, priorities can be stretched thin. And between living expenses, school fees and saving for the future, you may find yourself putting your philanthropic goals on the back burner.

At least for now. 

Read more . . .

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:

August 2019 

Stewardship: A Louisiana Legacy


The Total Stewardship Curriculum

Wholly Committed



More than three decades after its initial appearance the Diocese of Baton Rouge Office of Stewardship has released the latest version of the Total Stewardship Curriculum, a completely revised and restructured package of instructional materials designed to promote stewardship health in the lives of Catholic parishioners and every diocesan parish. This year’s theme highlights St. Paul’s message to the Colossians: “Whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus” (Colossians 3:17). A binder with dozens of stewardship resources, supplemental brochures and cards, and a companion DVD featuring additional downloadables, is once again framed by the Stewardship of Prayer, Stewardship of Ministry, and Stewardship of Finance.


The Stewardship of Prayer

prayer aug2019This Is What We Think

Through the ages, philosophers and poets have debated life’s difficulties. What is the most troubling or burdensome task, for example? What activity requires the greatest effort? Keeping a secret, one wryly observed. Consistency, wrote one, persistence another. Emerson identified thinking as “the hardest task in the world.” And a century later, Albert Camus suggested one reason why: “We get into the habit of living before acquiring the habit of thinking.”. . .read more

So, Say Yes
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The Stewardship of Ministry

ministry aug2019A Heritage of Faith

“Faith is the realization of what is hoped for and evidence of things not seen. Because of it the ancients were well attested” (Hebrews 11:1-2). So, who exactly, were the ancients? They included those the Scriptures reveal a great deal about, people like Abraham and Moses and David, Ruth and Hannah and Esther. And, they included those we know less about, people like Rahab and Jephthah, Deborah and Enoch. They all had at least one thing in common.. . .read more


Clear Doesn’t Mean Cruel ... read more

The Stewardship of Finance

finance aug2019Pack for the Journey of a Lifetime


You really wish you didn’t have to consider it, but you do. Because you’re wise. And because you’ve had experience. A storm is coming, and you need to consider what goes in the truck, what you pack into your car, and what you can afford to leave behind. What do you take with you, and what gets left? Mind-numbing decisions, they’re never easy. Even with experience. Louisiana residents have experienced dozens of hurricanes, tropical storms and the varieties of damage that attend them.. . .read more


The Matter of Foundations ... read more

The rule of justice is plain: namely, that a good person ought not to swerve from the truth, nor inflict any unjust loss on anyone, nor act in any way deceitfully or fraudulently”   

                                                                               St. Ambrose of Milan


“The chains of grace are so powerful, and yet so sweet, that though they attract our heart, they do not shackle our freedoms.”   

                                                                               St. Francis de Sales

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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