Might as well face it… you’re addicted to love.

“Whoa, you like to think that you’re immune to the stuff, oh yeah. It’s closer to the truth to say you can’t get enough. You know you’re gonna have to face it, you’re addicted to love.” – Robert Palmer

“I want you to want me.
I need you to need me.
I’d love you to love me.” – Cheap Trick

“Oh, catch that buzz
Love is the ...

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The Refusal of One’s Own Greatness

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“One of the daughters of acedia, according to St. Thomas, is pusillanimity (having a very small spirit or being mediocre at best). It is the vice contrary to (the virtue of) magnanimity, that is, generousness of soul (being conscious of the potential for greatness). It is the inability to believe in the magnitude of the vocation to which God calls ...

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How to Prepare for the Upcoming Week in Just a Few Minutes

 

Here’s a simple tool for you to use every Sunday afternoon or evening to help you prepare for the upcoming week. I call it “The Quad”. You can use a piece of paper or a Word Doc like this one or anything that works for you. The main concept here is that The Quad helps you categorize your entire week’s activities – your ...

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A Christmas Prayer – May your business continue to be a sanctifying gift to the world

The owners of companies who see their business ownership as a true vocation, for Catholics this means a real calling from God, are better able to positively affect the lives of their employees, and to contribute to the common good.

Saint JoseMaria Escriva said “ Sanctifying one’s work is no fantastic dream, but the mission of every Christian — yours and mine.”

As we ...

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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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