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LOCAL DIOCESAN NEWS

Third Order of Mary

The St. Agnes Confraternity of the Third Order of Mary has scheduled a July social for Sunday, July 14, from 2 to 4 PM, in the conference center of St. Agnes Church, 749 East Boulevard in Baton Rouge. For more information, please call Karen Mollere at (225) 272-5915.

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Planned Giving

It’s Easier Than Ever to Support the Diocese of Baton Rouge

Simply Make a Tax-Free Gift from Your IRA

You’ve worked hard, saved diligently and are ready to enjoy your retirement years. Maybe you’re also looking for a way to give back to the organizations and causes that have been important to you. Consider making a gift from your IRA.

If you’re 70½ or older, you can use the IRA charitable rollover to make a tax-free gift to the Diocese of Baton Rouge. This provision allows you to transfer any amount up to $100,000 directly to a qualified charitable organization without paying income tax on the distribution. 

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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 Presence of a Gentle Whisper

prayer july2019We live in a noisy world, practically every second filled with someone else’s voice, and the sounds of our devices and machines. Silence—to the degree we even experience it—almost makes us feel uncomfortable, as if we’ve come to believe it a mistake, an error, sensing something is missing. Perhaps you know the children’s book, A Hole is to Dig. The premise is simple enough. Everything has a basic purpose.

A pile of leaves is to jump in. A mud puddle is to slide in. A hole is to dig. As adults, we’ve become a great deal more pragmatic. A pile of leaves is to put in plastic bags. Mud is to be avoided or scraped off your shoes. Like holes, silence is to be filled. How mistaken we are. Instead, why not wait on the Lord, take time and listen for that still, small voice: the voice of the Creator of the universe, a voice that comes to us in a gentle whisper, in a sacred space.

Following one of his most remarkable experiences, the Old Testament prophet Elijah, exhausted from his work, was challenged by a ruler whose threats caused him to flee the kingdom. Psychologically defeated and despondent, he collapsed. Patiently, lovingly, God sent the angel of the Lord to provide the prophet Elijah with food and water, and sent him across the desert to Mount Horeb to recover.

“The Lord said, ‘Go out and stand on the mountain before the Lord; the Lord will pass by.’ There was a strong and violent wind rending the mountains and crushing rocks before the Lord—but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind, an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake, fire—but the Lord was not in the fire. After the fire, a light silent sound.

“When he heard this, Elijah hid his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. A voice said to him, ‘What are you here, Elijah?’ ” With great love and mercy, the Almighty Creator of the wind and the mountains rent by them ministered to his servant. The great authority of the universe, the One to whom all creation answers, spoke to the prophet. In awe, we acknowledge that he lovingly still speaks to us.

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