The Irony of the Modern Day Nativity Scene in Bethlehem

Just two months ago I was at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. The irony was that my experience there was just like that of a typical shopping mall the day before Christmas with huge lines, people cutting in and pushing their way forward to get there “first”. It was not a peaceful place and nothing like the scene I imagined the day that Christ was born. All the holy sites in Israel are like that to some degree ...

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Work Courageously- A way to approach our days of labor

Courageously begin your work, always trying to discern your true task and the most amount of good that you can do, telling yourself that, whatever your vocation may be, there are always people suffering in mind or body to be cared for, tempers to be calmed, and hearts to be healed… During this active phase of your life, let your motto always be Orare et laborare. (Prayer and work)

Be faithful to your morning and evening prayer, and to that honest ...

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Meme change needed, from “giving back” to simply “giving”

We really need to change the meme – “giving back” to simply “giving”. The term “giving back” implies that the person doing the giving back took something that wasn’t theirs from the start. Think about it. It starts from a young age. Do you remember hearing “GIVE THAT BACK!” after taking something from a sibling to tease them? (I do – guilty as charged!)

The term “giving back” shifts society’s mindset, the way business owners are viewed from value creators (which ...

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Acton University

ActonUnivLogoI attended Acton University last week in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I decided to attend because of the mission of the Acton Institute which is “to promote a free and virtuous society characterized by individual liberty and sustained by religious principles.”  Love the concept of getting back to basics which made our country prosperous.

The mission of my organization, Attollo,  “Advancing Justice and Peace Through ...

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How Virtuous is Your Firm?

The article entitled “How Virtuous is Your Firm?” written by Hershey H. Friedman and Linda Weiser Friedman in 2009 provides a basic checklist that can be used by your firm to determine whether or not it is “virtuous”. It’s not all encompassing, but it’s a great indicator to help you determine the general virtuousness of your business.

There’s change in the way business is being conducted in some firms. One scholar estimates 15% of all firms are concerned  about ...

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The B-Corp, a great first step to balance social mission and profit

Maybe it’s the fact that Pope Francis is, well, the pope who by the position commands a world-wide microphone, that there was and still is such an outcry to his call for businesses to be more aware of the plight of the poor and to be better stewards of the earth. Pope Francis spoke at the Davos Conference in 2014. His theme was that humanity needs to be served by wealth, not ruled by it. I teach that profit is ...

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Baa! Humbug

Scrooge and marley-500pxI have always loved Charles Dickens’s classic A Christmas Carol. I’ve got the book, seen many if not all of the film versions, including Jim Henson’s A Muppet Christmas Carol. Of course, books are always better as they cover the finer details that end up on the cutting room floor and not shown on the screen.

It’s a familiar tale to most, ...

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Wheat is the staff of life for 1.2 billion people who live on less than US$ 2 a day

Written by Dr. Thomas Lumpkin , Director General, CIMMYT

The history of wheat is the history of civilization. Over 10,000 years ago in the Fertile Crescent our ancestors ascended from an existence as hunter-gatherers and began tending and domesticating crops. Thus began wheat’s symbiotic relationship with the history of civilization and humankind’s responsibility as stewards of planet Earth.

Wheat is not only a major diet component but wheat-based products are the personification of cultural heritage and pride. Imagine Italians without pasta, North ...

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