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Your True North

June 6, AD2017 1 Comment
Your True North

  Many today are getting lost amongst the busy consumer culture, bogged down with appearing successful and fitting in with those around them. This culture tells us that the newest and fanciest cars will make us happy. It tells us that having a multimillion-dollar home will finally bring us that satisfaction that we have been […]

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The Christian Leader – Who’s Running the Asylum?

May 9, AD2017 4 Comments
The Christian Leader – Who’s Running the Asylum?

We may hear the term, “the inmates are running the asylum” when someone describes a situation where the wrong, or the least qualified, people are making the decisions. In the consulting work my company does with organizations, clients frequently tell us, “I’m afraid he or she will quit if I try to make them comply […]

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Sports, Entertainment, the Economy, and Easter Sunday

April 7, AD2017 1 Comment
Sports, Entertainment, the Economy, and Easter Sunday

One of my all-time favorite movies is Chariots of Fire.  It’s a fact-based historical drama that just happens to deliver a very Christian message. The movie focuses on two English athletes competing in the 1924 Olympics – Eric Liddell and his rival Harold Abrahams. Liddell, a Scot and a devout Christian, refuses to run in […]

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The Sin of Usury is Alive and Well

April 3, AD2017 6 Comments
The Sin of Usury is Alive and Well

Usury, at least in modern times, has typically been regarded as excessive interest rates, in the order of dozens or even hundreds of percent.  Those of us, of a “certain age”, can recall the stereotypical “loan shark” and his henchmen who fall under the category of usurious money lenders.  Such was not always the case.  […]

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Catholic Millennials Who Want to Have Something in Common with Mary Just Need to Say Yes to YCP

December 28, AD2016 0 Comments
Catholic Millennials Who Want to Have Something in Common with Mary Just Need to Say Yes to YCP

Are you a Millennial who wants to get involved with one of the most exciting endeavors of the New Evangelization? If so all you have to do is join the Young Catholic Professionals (YCP)! If you want to get excited about the next generation of Church laity, or even if you just want a shot of […]

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McVatican Detractors Are Missing the Point

November 4, AD2016 2 Comments
McVatican Detractors Are Missing the Point

Apparently, the Vatican’s Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See (APSA) thinks business is business.  I sure hope that’s not the case. A plan to open a McDonald’s restaurant in a Vatican-owned building right next door to the St. Peter’s Square is drawing fire from some Cardinals who live on the upper floors of […]

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4 Advantages of Digital Silence

October 7, AD2016 0 Comments
4 Advantages of Digital Silence

Being an active Catholic on social media who checks my Twitter and Facebook multiple times a day, I’m probably the last person you’d expect to talk about the advantages of disconnecting from electronics, but here I am. Over the past month, I have come to realize the value of taking time off from all our […]

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St. Teresa of Calcutta and the Resurrection of Labor Sunday

September 4, AD2016 1 Comment
St. Teresa of Calcutta and the Resurrection of Labor Sunday

Sunday, September 4, 2016, is a providential date for many reasons.  Not only is it a beautiful capstone for the Year of Mercy through the international celebration of the canonization of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, but it is also the day that marks Labor Sunday in the United States, a day to honor the spiritual […]

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Why Are Catholics Cheapskates Regarding Giving?

August 7, AD2016 31 Comments
Why Are Catholics Cheapskates Regarding Giving?

What Jesus Said to Us About Giving In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus tells us about giving, “Sell your belongings and give alms. Provide money bags for yourselves that do not wear out, and inexhaustible treasure in heaven that no thief can reach nor moth destroy. For where your treasure is, there also your heart […]

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5 Quick Ways to Make Your Priest’s Job Easier

July 11, AD2016 1 Comment
5 Quick Ways to Make Your Priest’s Job Easier

I read a story somewhere once about a church office manager whose job was so stressful that she left to start her own law firm – because it was easier. I worked as an office manager at a tiny Episcopal church several years ago, and I sympathized with that poor woman many times during my […]

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A Generous Man

July 4, AD2016 0 Comments
A Generous Man

Generosity is “the virtue of giving good things to others freely and abundantly.” When people think of generosity, money often comes to mind, but generosity can also be the donation of time, knowledge, or skills. Lack of Generosity A lack of generosity is meanness or miserliness, the closed fist around the goods one possesses. This […]

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What Theology Teaches About Corporate Responsibility

June 9, AD2016 11 Comments
What Theology Teaches About Corporate Responsibility

As business people, sometimes we forget just how connected the world of work is to the work of God in the world. Without question, individual business persons are moral agents. However, based upon the accepted conception of the corporation, there is often a lack of consistency in the view of the moral agency of the […]

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Sam’s Justice

June 6, AD2016 4 Comments
Sam’s Justice

Justice is simply defined as giving one his or her “due.” It means rendering to people what you owe them. What do we owe others? We owe other persons respect for their persons and responsibility in doing what we have promised. Here is a kind of parable of justice. Sam and “Old Man” Ricketts Sam […]

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God’s Fingerprints On Adam Smith’s Invisible Hand

May 18, AD2016 4 Comments
God’s Fingerprints On Adam Smith’s Invisible Hand

For those who know economics, Adam Smith is a beloved patriarch. Not only was the 18th-century Scottish thinker the father of modern economics, he was also moral philosopher. This intellectual combination was not unusual in his day, but it is rare in ours. His highly-influential work on the economic order is titled An Inquiry into the […]

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Economic Personalism: Tool for Morality in Markets

April 13, AD2016 6 Comments
Economic Personalism: Tool for Morality in Markets

No matter what your ideology, there is common disdain for market manipulators, fraud, and theft. There is little disagreement about the repugnance of taking advantage of senior citizens through deceptive investment schemes or conning vulnerable families into unsustainable mortgages. There is even growing consensus on the shamefulness of polluting factories and the exploitation of child […]

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Motivated by Love: Working Despite Criticism

April 12, AD2016 9 Comments
Motivated by Love: Working Despite Criticism

One of the hardest maxims to put into practice has got to be Mother Teresa’s advice: We must deliberately renounce all desires to see the fruit of our labor, doing all we can as best we can, leaving the rest in the hands of God. What matters is the gift of yourself, the degree of […]

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5 Things Every Catholic Businessperson Must Know

March 16, AD2016 1 Comment
5 Things Every Catholic Businessperson Must Know

A few years ago, I had an interesting conversation with one of our country’s most well-known and respected business leaders. It started as I was chatting with the man’s wife, and she asked me what I did for fun. I could have told her I enjoyed golf, or gardening, or skiing, or any number of […]

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Are Your Headed For A Breakthrough Or A Breakdown?

January 28, AD2016 0 Comments
Are Your Headed For A Breakthrough Or A Breakdown?

OBGyn Christine Northrup, M.D. believes that PMS symptoms are the natural way the mind, body, and soul connect and communicate. For optimal health, Dr Northrup invites us women to acknowledge and address what our bodies, mind and soul are telling us. We experience heightened awareness, in general, the days and week before our period. We […]

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Answering the Call to Work

January 16, AD2016 1 Comment
Answering the Call to Work

Recent studies show a need for a greater understanding of labor as a Christian call to work. Nearly half the people on the planet are workers. Statically speaking, the UN’s International Labour Organization tallies the world-wide workforce at nearly three billion. Standing hand-in-hand, these workers would circle the globe 11 times. Needless to say, what work […]

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