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The Problem With Instant Gratification

June 8, AD2017 1 Comment
The Problem With Instant Gratification

If you’ve found yourself in debt from credit cards, new vehicles, and student loans, chances are you’ve fallen into instant gratification debt. However, fear not. The good news (or not so good news depending on how you look at it) is, you’re definitely not alone. We live in a culture that thrives on instant gratification. Amazon.com […]

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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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Tradinistas Want to Replace Capitalism With “Catholic” Socialism!

October 17, AD2016 4 Comments
Tradinistas Want to Replace Capitalism With “Catholic” Socialism!

In case you haven’t heard, there is apparently a new small sub-group of Catholics who have decided that it’s time to end the American Experiment. They call themselves Tradinistas. In their own words, the Tradinistas are “a small party of young Christian socialists committed to traditional orthodoxy, to a politics of virtue and the common […]

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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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Plan For the Worst, Hope For the Best

August 26, AD2016 2 Comments
Plan For the Worst, Hope For the Best

One of the downsides to surfing the internet is that we can get bombarded by mixed messages on a whole range of topics. News junkies may eat this up but for most ordinary folk all the contradictory information can get a bit confusing and even aggravating. News from the world of health, medicine, and science […]

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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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Faith and Wealth: Rich Dad, Poor Dad Revisited

August 6, AD2016 1 Comment
Faith and Wealth: Rich Dad, Poor Dad Revisited

  Rich Dad, Poor Dad is one of this generation’s most iconic financial literacy books.  Written by Kiyosaki and Lechter in the late 1990s, it has sold over 26 million copies and has been touted by celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey and Will Smith—not to mention Donald Trump, who later collaborated with Kiyosaki to leverage […]

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Misreading Pope Francis

August 4, AD2016 0 Comments
Misreading Pope Francis

Ever since Jorge Bergoglio became Pope Francis three-and-a-half years ago, the mainstream media (MSM) has pulled out all the stops in an effort to paint a picture of Francis as a progressive Pope. The Left wanted Francis to be one of its own in the worst way possible. Every utterance from Francis that sounded the […]

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10 Reasons Catholics Should Vote For Trump

July 25, AD2016 202 Comments
10 Reasons Catholics Should Vote For Trump

1.) He’s not Hillary Clinton.  We know exactly who she is, what she is, what she stands for, and can pretty well guess what she will do to our country. We can’t risk her getting into office. If you can’t vote for Trump, vote against Hillary. The only realistic way to do this is by […]

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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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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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Choosing The Cross

April 7, AD2016 1 Comment
Choosing The Cross

I am expecting our seventh child. My husband and I never dreamed we would be blessed this abundantly.  Having a large family was always a dream of mine, but more along the lines of four children.  I cannot imagine having only four now.  Now, to clarify, my children are spaced apart quite nicely; they range […]

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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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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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Economic Apologists?

December 19, AD2015 2 Comments
Economic Apologists?

Two years before his death, renowned Catholic social scientist Dr. Rupert Ederer wrote a book entitled Economics as if God Matters. In this book, he endeavored to explain over a century of Catholic magisterial teaching regarding economic matters. Ederer titled his book as such in response to a 1973 book by E.F. Schumacher, Small is Beautiful: Economics […]

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Put Your Money Where Your Heart is This Christmas

December 10, AD2015 2 Comments
Put Your Money Where Your Heart is This Christmas

Nothing beats the scent of the deep green pine boughs, the contrasting bright red of ribbons, bows, and blooming poinsettias, and the robust love and laughter of family and friends. I love Santa Claus and the anticipation of  magic in the air, the nip of Jack Frost on a crisp, starlit night, and the glow of Rudolf’s nose. Maybe […]

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Commerce as an Instrument of Peace

November 21, AD2015 0 Comments
Commerce as an Instrument of Peace

Suffice to say, the establishment of world peace is not in the job description of most CEOs.  But after the most recent terror attacks that brought down a Russian passenger plane and took the lives of innocent people in Beirut, Paris and Mali, the world is joining in growing solidarity. We may be tempted to […]

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