The Meaning of Work Is Love

Everyone from The Wall Street Journal (“I Don’t Have a Job, I Have a Higher Calling”) to Freedom magazine published by the Church of Scientology (“Millennials Favor Socially Meaningful Work”) are noticing that people crave meaning in their work. That shouldn’t be a surprise. Even Jesus admitted he was something of a workaholic: “My Father is working straight through, even on the Sabbath. So am I.” (John 5:17, The Message: Catholic/Ecumenical Edition) Why people find it surprising that we want… Read more

Should you wipe your forehead before going into work on Ash Wednesday?

“The Good News is now Old News.” So said my preacher at church last Sunday. That could be expanded to say, “The Good News has become Old News in the workplace.” When people talk about religion and spirituality in the workplace, they are mostly talking about overt acts of piety, such as Catholics and other Christians coming to work on Ash Wednesday with a smudge on their foreheads. (Similar exercises might include Scripture study groups before work or during lunch,… Read more

Fair or Generous at Work?

Do you want a boss who is fair, or one who is generous? If you are an employer, do you want to be fair or generous with your employees, your customers, your suppliers, even your competitors? The answer isn’t as obvious as it seems. As Christians, we should probably answer “generous.” But many people don’t trust their employers to be generous. Fairness seems to be the more realistic, even the safer, choice. And most employers don’t trust themselves to be… Read more

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