Watch!

Isn’t it ironic that the Gospel on the first Sunday of Advent ends with the word “Watch!”? In context Jesus is telling his disciples to be watchful, be alert. “Watch, therefore; you don’t know when the lord of the house is coming… May he not come suddenly and find you sleeping. What I say to you, I say to all (even us born 2000 years later): Watch!”

Why is this ironic? This is also the first weekend of December. The time ...

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The Need to Develop and Order An Active and Contemplative Life

 

The world is focused solely on productivity and efficiency, so it is kind of easy to think that the active life (work) is more important than the contemplative life (prayer). From an economic point of view, leisure is good because it allows us to “sharpen the saw” so that we can continue to be productive. Prayer then is seen as an unproductive waste of time for many and an afterthought for many ...

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Today is the feast day of Saint Homobonus – Patron Saint of Business Owners

St. Homobonus (Homa’bun-us) is the patron saint of business owners. He was born and also died in the city of Cremona, Italy during the 12th century. He’s portrayed holding a bag of money wearing merchant’s robes. He was canonized less than two years after his death by Pope Innocent III in 1199.

Not much is known about Saint Homobonus other than he lived our Christ’s commands to love God and neighbor by running his business with scrupulous honesty and reached out and ...

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The Search for Meaning

One of the most impactful sentences in the very moving book “Man’s Search for Meaning” by Viktor Frankl was about hope for the future. He wrote that “The prisoner who had lost faith in the future – his future – was doomed. With his loss of belief in the future, he also lost his spiritual hold; he let himself decline and became subject to physical and mental decay.” The setting of the book of course was a concentration camp in ...

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Grit

I had a 100 house paper route when I was 14 growing up in Ohio. It taught me about running a micro business and as part of that I developed grit. I define grit as the ability to persevere when things get tough. It’s part of character development.

My first lesson in grit was when some of the bundled papers from bulk delivery for the local routes were stolen including mine. I had to walk back home (no cell phones) and ...

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I Know God’s Will For You. Do you? Here’s a Road Map

God’s will for us is found, not so hidden, in today’s first reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the 1 Thessalonians 4: 1-8 and it’s this. “This is the will of God, your holiness: that you refrain from immorality…for God did not call us to impurity but to holiness. Therefore, whoever disregards this, disregards not a human being but God, who also gives his Holy Spirit to you.”

We have three callings or vocations from God – each to ...

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The Pleasure – Pain Principle and the Real Reason Nothing Changes in Our Lives

 

The pleasure – pain principle is simply that humans recoil from pain and run toward pleasure. That makes sense obviously. This principle is the primary reason we don’t work on our behaviors that we know we need in order to improve ourselves in all areas of life from weight loss, relationships, work, even our prayer life. The rewards of making a behavioral change are way, way, WAY out in the future while the implementation of the change in behavior causes an immediate ...

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Executive Speaker Series – St Ignatius of Loyola

Our next guest in the Attollo Executive Speaker Series line up is St Ignatius of Loyola. He is the founder of the Society of Jesus (aka the Jesuits) and was born in 1491 in Spain. No stranger to danger on the battlefield or off – welcome St. Ignatius of Loyola!

“So, business leaders of today, listen up. You need to take the time and to think ...

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