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An endowed gift to the Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge today provides a brighter picture for our future. When you make a donation to our endowment, you give a gift with both immediate and long-term benefits.

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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

Why Are We Anxious?

Why Are We Anxious?

During his full and productive life, priest and professor Henri Nouwen authored over three dozen books of spiritual devotion and instruction. Compilations of material unpublished during his lifetime have been collected as well, yielding such inspirational studies as the posthumous collection entitled Turn My Mourning into Dancing. Father Nouwen wrote eloquently of personal struggle and daily difficulties. “Struggles with family, pressures at work, and conflicts with friends leave us feeling small and insignificant. Illness or chronic pain makes us realize our physical vulnerability. We frequently feel guilty or ashamed over ways we make wrong choices or hurt others. Sometimes we feel trapped in our humanness. We experience keenly how things fall short of our expectations.” As Professor Nouwen noted, “Like sheep caught in a thorny bush, the harder we struggle to get out, the more entangled we become.”

We struggle with the day to day and we experience stress. We worry. Knowing well the substance of our plight, Jesus addressed the subject in his Sermon on the Mount, captured in the early chapters of St. Matthew’s Gospel: “Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds in the sky; they do not sow or reap, they gather nothing into barns, yet your Heavenly Father feeds them. Are not you more important than they?” And, “Why are you anxious about clothes? Learn from the way the wildflowers grow. They do not work or spin. Not even Solomon—in all his splendor—was clothed like one of them. If God so clothes the grass of the field, which grows today and is gone tomorrow, will he not much more provide for you?”

Prices rise, and we worry about income for necessities. Aware of how others perceive us, we worry about appearance. Can we make it? Do we fit in? Jesus said, “Do not worry.” Our unfortunate tendency is to focus on the limited, horizontal plain. As Henri Nouwen wrote, “These approaches strive for change from below.” Instead, soberly and prayerfully, we are encouraged to look to God to meet our needs, accept our circumstances, and better understand his purposes, knowing our most basic desires are his to fulfill. “Your Heavenly Father knows that you need them all,” Jesus said. “Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given you besides. Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself.” Our shortsighted focus on today’s temporal concerns erect spiritual barriers that detour us from a life of prayerful devotion. “Seek first the kingdom of God.” Establish that as a simple priority. Do not worry. Your Heavenly Father knows what you need. 

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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