Working on faith at work

Is there a way to express your faith on the job? An author has some ideas.


  1. I would like to see Catholic hierarchy living Christian values on the job. Is there any excuse that they can give why this sexual abuse crises is a hot issue for more than a decade? Why are they so adamant in denouncing nuns, and maintaining inferior status for women in general? Why are they willing to see the Catholic Church depleted of priests in their defense of a “discipline (celibacy), rather than for any real doctrinal reason? I’d love to see them practicing Christian values on the job.

  2. Drake, are you some troll who wandered in from some Jack Chick wannabe anti-Catholicism group? There’s no way to engage in dialogue with you because what you wrote is blatantly and crudely one-sided and wholly anti-Catholic. I feel sorry for you, and perhaps a place to start is tell us why you’re hurting and angry and where does that hurt and anger come from? What has the Catholic Church done to you (at least in your mind) for you to want to heap such abuse on it?

    “Peace be with you” and I pray that you try to find some happiness in some way.

  3. Deacon Norb says:

    My only comment here is to remind readers what I reported maybe a month or so ago. While some US Catholic seminaries are closing, it is not so much for lack of applicants as for lack of qualified faculty. One of the end-results of that “visitation” of the American Seminaries back a few years ago was that quality control in priestly formation was sharply increased. Sometime seminaries were closed by direct intervention of the Vatican but more likely because their sponsoring diocese or religious community did not have the qualified faculty to support it.

    Those that remain open are experiencing an enrollment surge. I am on a personal “first-name” basis with administrators/rectors at three major seminaries here in the US — all of which are solidly respected and moderate/ middle-of-the road in their theology — are already at capacity and — at least in once case — building new residence facilities to be ready in Fall 2012. Dioceses which were delighted with one or two ordinations to the celibate priesthood annually now have five candidates or more “on-deck” for priestly ordination in 013.

    The celibate priesthood is recovering from the after-effects of a full generation of lack of integrity. I said “recovering.” Events like what are unfolding in secular courthouses throughout the world will still be with us until that earlier generation dies out and fades out of the picture. Lots of work ahead but their is light at the end of the tunnel.

    Maybe the words of a wise priest I know might help here: “What makes you thing you deserve a resurrection experience if you have not been crucified first?”

  4. Fiergenholt says:

    What I find odd about this whole scene about Christians in the Holy Land is that they are almost 100% Palestinian. They are polarized against the Jewish citizens of modern day Israel.

    Doesn’t anyone remember — doesn’t anyone care to remember — that Jesus of Nazareth was a Palestinian Jew ?

  5. Other than the last comments on relationships at work, not much was said about “working on faith at work.” We should always treat others with respect and try to show our faith by this action. He did not give away any secrets.

  6. Deacon Norb says:

    The other day I came by the parish office to pick-up my mail and “Deacon R” was there talking to the office manager.

    “Deacon R” is now in “senior/retired” status as a deacon but when he was younger he was one of two deacon in our diocese who were UAW members and were also both officially part of the “UAW Line Chaplaincy” program. They were both normally employed as line-workers in a major factory of one of the “Big Three” auto makers but there was a union-management protocol in place for them to meet privately with a line-worker if requested. Everyone on that line knew who these two were; they carried their own weight of that assembly line but they were also like Simon of Cyrene, carrying another’s weight as well.

    Sounds like a plan !!

  7. Mark Greta says:

    Living the virtues is essential to being a Catholic and you cannot check your Catholic faith at the door, but are called to live that faith to its fullest. This also includes the ballot box. You cannot be personally opposed, but then support evil and pretend it doesn’t matter. You cannot cheat on expense reports or taxes and pretend it is not stealing and against the ten commandments. My wife Greta ran her company for over two decades and the company mission and operation manuals were written around Catholic values. You did not have to be a Catholic, but you had to think about the virtues as an employee. When someone was in trouble at home, you did not look at them as a problem for the job and start to think about getting rid of them, but how to pitch in and help at work and to the employee if possible. Some would take advantage of this Christian values workplace, but they were easily to discover and in most cases they left seeing they were not a good fit. One thing made it clear as to that overall mission and value was when Greta made a decision that we were not doing a good job for a client and in fact had created a problem for them by lack of delivery of promises. She not only returned their full payment, but made it right with the customer at our expense. Several times she called an employee into the office and appologised to them for actions taken by others in her company which were not Christian. When you live a life of faith, and speak out boldly on evil and fight it with everything you possess, you can be at peace at the end of your life. I think of JPII and Mother Theresa, but also Greta and how peaceful she was at death and the long road she traveled to arrive at that peace.

    Never mistake a Christian for one that mealy mouths evil and has a go along to get along attitude. Jesus called Peter Satan and took a lash to the money changers. Mother Theresa stood up at the Nobel ceremony and talked about the culture of death. Pope John Paul the Great took Clinton and others aside and gave them a good lecture on their support of grave evil. Nancy Pelosi on her visit to the Vatican heard firmly from Pope Benedict XVI. Greta’s favorite line she morphed was that if she did not speak out for the most vulernable being slaughtered in the womb, if she did not speak out to protect the sacrament of marriage and protect families and defend the Church, the rocks themselves would cry out in anger. Never mistake being Catholic as being timid, but learning the faith and in the face of a secular godless world, speaking out boldly. They might hate you, but the same type of people have hated Christ before you. Another favorite of Greta’s was there are only two roads that lead to eternity and one leads to heaven.

  8. Will, you’re quite right, I didn’t give away any secrets in the interview. Having said that, if it’s a topic you take seriously (and I think we all should) I invite you to buy a copy of the book! As you’ll see, it’s meant to encourage people to fully integrate faith and work, in very practical terms. God bless!

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