Spiritual Growth

Christ atop of the Vatican

If you don’t work on your spiritual life, well… what’s your life all about? Christ asks in Luke 9:25 “What profit is there for one to gain the whole world yet lose or forfeit himself?” Christ is defining the conditions of discipleship. Are you on the bus or are you living life just for you?

The role of the laity is to sanctify the world.

The ultimate purpose of our life on earth, and therefore the ultimate point of all true leadership, is that we might be changed, transformed into persons worthy of union with God and that we desire to transform others, through our actions, to the same end. To sanctify the world. For this to happen our minds and our wills need to be healed and properly trained.

If we say we’re Catholic, we need to prove it by our actions, by the life we live. This starts with you, from the inside out. This journey draws us into a living, conscious and active faith in Jesus Christ. No one can give what they don’t have. You need to know your faith, deepen your relationship with Jesus Christ in order to live out your vocation as a business leader which includes being a disciple to others. You will be challenged to view life through God’s eyes in order to achieve success beyond worldly success. Your vocation will help lift the world’s poor out of poverty which is accomplished by incorporating the principles of Catholic Social Doctrine into the fabric of your business. Catholic Social Teaching is the concrete public expression of the Gospel.

  • Upholding the dignity of the human person
  • Serving the common good
  • Acting with solidarity
  • Embracing subsidiarity

Keep in mind the words written by Pope Saint John Paul II – adapted from Christifideles Laici: There cannot be two parallel lives in your existence: on the one hand, the so-called “spiritual” life, with its values and demands; and on the other, the so-called “secular” life, that is, life in a family, at work, in social relationships, in the responsibilities of public life and in culture. The branch, (you) grafted to the vine, which is Christ, bears its fruit in every sphere of existence and activity. (211)

The Second Vatican Council has invited all the lay faithful to this unity of life by forcefully decrying the grave consequences in separating faith from life, and the gospel from culture: “The Council exhorts Christians, as citizens of one city and the other, to strive to perform their earthly duties faithfully in response to the spirit of the Gospel. They are mistaken who, knowing that we have here no abiding city (no permanent home) but seek one which is to come, think that they may therefore shirk their earthly responsibilities; for they are forgetting that by faith itself they are more than ever obliged to measure up to these duties, each according to one’s vocation … This split between the faith which many profess and their daily lives deserves to be counted among the more serious errors of our age”. (212)

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