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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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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The World’s Most Dangerous Prayer

The world’s most dangerous prayer is this.. “Oh God, your servant is listening what is your will for me?”

Most people may occasionally want to know what God’s will is for them, or if what they are currently doing in their life is actually what God wants them to be doing, but not too many people actually pray this prayer, then be still enough to ...

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The Blizzard of the World

“The blizzard of the world has crossed the threshold and it has overturned the order of the soul.” – Leonard Cohen.

Exchange the word “blizzard” for the constant noise that invades us or the noise we allow in throughout the day and the confusion and unrest that is created by social media.

The order of the soul is this. 1). God – to know, love and serve Him in this world so we will know, love and serve him in the next. ...

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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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A truly miserable life is one that serves no purpose, one that is cut off and tossed about with every wind

“Now, this is precisely the essence of a vocation: it makes a person realize the necessity of their existence, that is, discover that he is necessary to others, and answers a vital need. A truly miserable life is one that serves no purpose, which feels itself cut off, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind, as St. Paul said. It is superficial with the horrible superficiality of one who is not carried along to his proper place ...

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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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What your self-talk reveals

Can a lifestyle without giving God a chance to be in the center of your life lead you and others around you to heaven?

If you never rise from purely human activity or external activity to divine activity then you really have to question yourself: “Am I living the ultimate vocation or purpose for which God has created me?”

Moving yourself from your animal and human spirit or instinct requires that you develop your interior life.

What is the interior life?

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Your vocation is to build a beautiful life, a life of wholeness and integrity

Sounds good doesn’t it? Your calling as a business owner is to build, then live a beautiful life, a life of wholeness and integrity. Most people go through life wondering what God is calling them to, so you are now way ahead of the game!

On March 19th, I hosted a business leader breakfast in the DTC that featured Monsignor Shea, the president of The University of Mary in Bismarck, ND. He spoke on the Vocation of a Business Leader and ...

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Monsignor James Shea, President of University of Mary to speak at Attollo Event in Denver

Monsignor James SheaMonsignor James Shea, president of University of Mary, Bismarck, ND will speak on the paper “Vocation of the Business Leader”, a document published by the Pontifical Council of Justice and Peace in 2012 during a business leader breakfast organized by Attollo on March 19th.

Monsignor will explain how we currently view work and leisure and the reason why we do such a poor job living an authentic, integrated life. He ...

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