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LINKS WE RECOMMEND

Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge
http://www.diobr.org

The US Conference of Catholic Bishops
http://usccb.org

The Vatican Website
http://www.vatican.va

Diocese of Baton Rouge Office of Stewardship
http://www.officeofstewardship.com

More Local, Regional and National Links...

CATHOLIC SAINTS ON STEWARDSHIP

From St. Augustine of Hippo:

“The Apostle Paul declares love to be greater than the other two graces, that is greater than faith and hope. For when there is a question as to whether a man is good, we don’t ask what he believes or what he hopes, we ask what he loves.”

Catholic Life Television

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In the area of personal spiritual formation, Catholic television programming is an honored benefit. Why not begin the new year by sifting the Catholic Life Television schedule, that you might merge your weekly calendar and your favorite programs? The mission of Catholic Life Television affirms that wise plan: “to serve as an effective instrument of Catholic evangelization, through the medium of television, in support of the overall mission of the Diocese of Baton Rouge—to proclaim the Good News of God’s love made manifest in Jesus Christ.”

The Television Apostolate “will carry out its evangelization ministry by giving voice and image to the vision embodied in the Diocesan Strategic Plan for Evangelization, namely: extending an invitation to all to respond to the Good News within the fullness of the Catholic faith; offering resources for renewal within the Catholic community; sharing the Church’s desire to achieve reconciliation with those Catholics who are alienated from the community; and promoting Gospel values to assist in the transformation of the world into the Kingdom of God.”

Scheduling an evening or afternoon of instructive viewing is easy enough to do. Nationally recognized options and award-winning diocesan programs are available to stream, 24-hours a day. Join the many thousands who are better informed, and whose spiritual lives have been enhanced through the ministry. Visit www.catholiclifetv.org

THE STEWARD'S BOOKSHELF

Recommended Resources
for Reflection and Study

Lives of The Saints: For Everyday in the Year

A Minute of Margin: Restoring Balance to Busy Lives - 180 Daily Reflections (Pilgrimage Growth Guide) by [M.D., Richard A. Swenson,]


Please visit “The Steward’s Bookshelf”
for additional recommendations.

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LOCAL DIOCESAN NEWS

Theology on Tap

Thursday, January 30, the meeting of Theology on Tap will welcome Dr. Edward Sri, Catholic author and professor of theology at the Augustine Institute located in Denver. The group will gather at 4 PM at the Tin Roof Brewery, 1624 Wyoming Street in Baton Rouge. Visit www.redstickcatholics.com for more details.

Diocesan News Page

 

St. Vincent de Paul

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As is true every year, The Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Baton Rouge recently served holiday meals and provided a Christmas blessing to many who might otherwise celebrate very little—also meeting the basic needs of clothing and shelter for thousands of our community’s most disadvantaged individuals. “Home may be a trailer, a friend’s guest room, or a damaged residence still unfinished,” but for many, the Society’s Bishop Ott Shelters provide almost every essential, including a home. Even though many in our area contribute faithfully to ensure a more meaningful Christmas for them, needs are ongoing, and fewer people think of January as an ideal month for charitable giving.

To begin the new year, and to assist in ministering to our neighbors throughout these often-challenging months of winter, please consider addressing those special needs. Support St. Vincent de Paul financially, or visit one of their centers and volunteer your time. Visit the website and discover the many ways you might take part. Please visit www.svdpbr.org

STEWARDSHIP IN SCRIPTURE

“The Lord said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.’ I will rather boast most gladly of my weaknesses, in order that the power of Christ may dwell with me. Therefore, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and constraints, for the sake of Christ; for when I am weak, then I am strong.”

(2 Corinthians 12: 9-10; New American Bible, Revised Edition)

FROM THE ARCHIVES

Fear and the Light

From the Stewardship Today Archives, January 2005

A child’s world changes when the light switch is turned off. The same is true for our elderly family members. Fear and light are inversely proportional. The lights dim, and the measuring bar on the fear meter heads the other direction. Night lights help a bit. Motion detectors and security lights make a difference....read more

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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.

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: http://officeofstewardship.planmylegacy.org

January 2020 

Stewardship: A Louisiana Legacy


 

Please Support the BAA

 

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Hope in the Lord. No matter the struggles we face, Jesus Christ is our hope and greater than any perceived difficulty or challenge. Our lives are a gift from God and, in gratitude, we acknowledge that all we do as faithful Catholics is motivated by our confidence in the salvation God promises the Church, his children.

 

Please join Bishop Michael G. Duca, whose motto echoes this year’s theme. Your generous gifts in support of the Bishop’s Annual Appeal express your love for God and will help meet the needs of others who see Christ in you. Hold fast to the faith. Hope in the Lord. And please give in support of the BAA.


BAA Brochure ...read more
Letter from Bishop Michael G. Duca ...read more

The Stewardship of Prayer


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Pattern 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 ability 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.. . .read more


The Latest Update
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The Stewardship of Ministry


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“Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him” (Matthew 3:13). Why’d he do that? The answer is in the passage: “It is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness” (v.15). Okay, so there’s our reason. But, what does it mean? We ask why; we want to understand why. John the Baptist expected Christ’s arrival. He was the devoted forerunner, the one called to prepare the way. He expected a Savior but believed he would come as a victorious Messiah. So, is that how Jesus appeared, robed in purple, regal, ready to take over, to set a new standard, to proclaim the coming of the kingdom? Large, and in charge? Hardly. And John didn’t like it.. . .read more

 

I Know Who You Are, and Saw What You Did ... read more

The Stewardship of Finance


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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the typical 8-hour workday on the job isn’t really so typical, it often extends beyond a standard eight-hour workday, and it includes work completed at home. In the most recent survey data available, “Full-time employed persons averaged 8.5 hours of work time on weekdays worked, and 24 percent did some or all of their work at home.” In fact, “42 percent of those with an advanced degree performed some work at home.” That includes basic tasks, scheduled and impromptu meetings, continuing education and training, and the acquisition of tools and supplies as well as their upkeep. And updating a computer app is as fundamental as sharpening a saw. . . .read more

 

Such Good Advice ... read more


In the Scriptures, our people are shown to be made one; so that just as many grains collected into one and ground and mingled together make one loaf, so in Christ, who is the heavenly Bread, we know there is one body, in which our whole company is joined and united.”   

                                                                               St. Hilary of Poitiers

 

“Heaven is filled with converted sinners of all kinds, and there is room for more.”   

                                                                               St. Joseph Cafas

 

What language shall I borrow to thank Thee, dearest Friend? For this, Thy dying sorrow, Thy pity without end? O make me Thine forever, and should I feinting be, Lord, let me never, never outlive my love for Thee!”   

                                                                               St. Bernard of Clairvaux

 

“God said, I have placed you in the midst of your fellows so that you may love your neighbor freely without expecting any return from him. And what you do for him I count as done for Me.”   

                                                                               St. Catherine of Siena

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