Spiritual Toolbox for the Busy Executive: Catholic and Other Educational Resources.

Duc In Altum – Into the Deep. This is where education and self-reflection should take us. It takes us to a deeper relationship with Christ.

The mind is like a glass tumbler.  We are surrounded by dark, negative, sensational and alarming news stories from various sources (phone, TV, Internet). Likewise much entertainment from TV shows to movies have dark tones. All this input is like pouring dirty, muddy water into the glass tumbler of your mind. The worst part is that your mind starts to reflect what it contains. If it contains muddy water it can start to create a dark, gloomy and negative outlook on life. On the other hand pouring clean, fresh and filtered water into the glass represents positive uplifting and inspiring input. It may take a while to flush out and clear your mind of all that muddy water. Since the world bombards you with constant negativity, it’s critical to be continually filling your mind with positive, uplifting information. Here’s a listing of Catholic Media to help fill your mind and soul with good things.

 

Books

Business Secrets of the Trappist Monks: One CEO’s Quest for Meaning and Authenticity  – Service and selflessness are at the heart of the 1,500-year-old monastic tradition’s remarkable business success. It is an ancient though immensely relevant economic model that preserves what is positive and productive about capitalism while transcending its ethical limitations and internal contradictions.

 

 

The Catholic Study Bible – Contains the trustworthy study notes, expanded essays, and informational sidebars which have guided and informed students and general readers for 25 years. In this new edition, one-third of the Reading Guide materials are new, and all of the other Guides have been reviewed and revised by their original authors.

 

 

Catechism of the Catholic Church – Catechism promulgated for the Catholic Church by Pope John Paul II in 1992. It sums up, in book form, the beliefs of the Catholic faithful. A must have.The Catechism draws on the Bible, the Mass, the Sacraments, Church tradition and teaching, and the lives of saints. It comes with a complete index, footnotes and cross-references for a fuller understanding of every subject. Using the tradition of explaining what the Church believes (the Creed), what she celebrates (the Sacraments), what she lives (the Commandments), and what she prays (the Lord’s Prayer), the Catechism of the Catholic Church offers challenges for believers and answers for all those interested in learning about the mystery of the Catholic faith. Here is a positive, coherent and contemporary map for our spiritual journey toward transformation.

Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church – The Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church was published in 2004 by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace at the request of Pope John Paul II. Catholic social teaching deals with “questions concerning life in society” of which the Compendium aspires to present “a precise but complete over-view”. Chapter Six is entitled “Human Work” and Chapter Seven Economic Life” which are well worth reading.

 


Heroic Leadership – by Chris Lowney. Leadership makes great companies, but few of us truly understand how to turn ourselves and others into great leaders. One company—The Jesuits—pioneered a unique formula for molding leaders and in the process built one of history’s most successful companies.

 

 

Heroic Living – by Chris Lowney. Each of us has a special purpose in life—do you know what yours is? In Heroic Living, best-selling author and former investment banker Chris Lowney combines the proven practices of Ignatian spirituality with his business expertise to help each of us discover our mighty purpose in life and develop a personal life strategy to achieve it.

 

 

Virtuous Leadership – by Alexandre Havard. I stumbled upon this book many, many years ago. Author Alexandre Havard outlines in clear language how the human virtues of magnanimity, humility, self-control, courage, justice and prudence are the foundation to one’s character which is the essence of leadership. It’s a book to help you, no matter your role in life, to become the leader you were meant to be.

 

 

 The Way – Furrow – The Forge – St. JoseMaria Excriva’. Opus Dei (“Work of God,” in Latin) is a hierarchical institution of the Catholic Church, a personal prelature. Its purpose is to contribute to the evangelizing mission of the Church. Specifically, it educates people about the universal call to sanctity and the sanctifying value of ordinary work. Opus Dei was founded by Saint Josemaría Escrivá in 1928. The three best-known works of Saint Josemaria Escriva are now combined in one volume with an expanded and combined index. This book helps the reader to find Christ in all the experiences of living. They are a valuable aid for anyone interested in deepening their prayer life and thus their work and personal life too. Check out thjis additional resource. Escriva Works – Dedicated to the writings of St. JoseMaria Escriva.

 

 

Other Business Books / Texts / Trends That Are Aligned With Catholic Social Teaching 

The B-Corp Handbook – How To Use Business as a Force for Good  – by Ryan Honeyman . B Corp owner and sustainability consultant Ryan Honeyman shows that using business as a force for good can help you attract and retain the best talent, distinguish your company in a crowded market, and increase customer trust, loyalty, and evangelism for your brand.

 

 

Conscious Business – How To Build Value Through Values – by Fred Kofman. Consciousness is the main source of organizational greatness. Conscious business, explains Fred Kofman, means finding your passion and expressing your essential values through your work. A conscious business seeks to promote the intelligent pursuit of happiness in all its stakeholders. It produces sustainable, exceptional performance through the solidarity of its community and the dignity of each member.

 

 

Conscious Capitalism – Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business – by John mackey & Raj Sisodia The term conscious capitalism refers to businesses that serve the interests of all major stakeholders—customers, employees, investors, communities, suppliers, and the environment.

 

 

The E Myth Revisted – The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It by Michel Gerber. Gerber walks you through the steps in the life of a business from entrepreneurial infancy, through adolescent growing pains, to the mature entrepreneurial perspective, the guiding light of all businesses that succeed.

 

 

 

Maverick – The Success Story behind the World’s Most unusual Workplace – by Ricardo Semler Another favorite book of mine. Semler turns his father’s business around by eliminating unneeded layers of management and allowing employees unprecedented democracy and decision making authority in the workplace. In doing so, he created a company that challenged the old ways and blazed a path to success by empowering his employees.

 

 

Websites

The Catholic News Agency – The Catholic News Agency is a provider of news related to Catholicism to an English speaking audience worldwide.

Formed – The Catholic Faith. On Demand. Hint: You may want to check with your parish. Many around the country have purchased a parish-wide license to the content on Formed.

National Catholic Register – The National Catholic Register and NCRegister.com have become America’s most complete and faithful Catholic news source. In addition to the news that its readers need and expect, the Register also includes edifying feature articles on such topics as the Culture of Life, Catholic education, books, arts & entertainment, Catholic travel, and its award-winning In Person interview series. It is published biweekly, 26 issues per year.

The Heart of Catechesis – The Heart of Catechesis is our attempt to assist parents, catechists, and students to find and to be engaged by Jesus Christ in the scriptures; to supplement the endeavor we call the New Evangelization with a “New Catechesis” that follows the “syllabus” employed by Jesus Christ Himself—the unfolding drama of His Life and Public Ministry.

Escriva’ Works – This website contains reflections on Christian life written by St. Josemaría Escrivá, founder of Opus Dei, and a search tool for quick access to the passages you are looking for.

 

Blogs / Podcasts / DVD Sets

Blogs

Catholic Stuff You Should Know – The style of this podcast has been coined “consciously unprofessional.” The hosts are not radio talents, but regular guys who happen to be Catholic priests; Fr. Nathan Goebel, Fr. John Nepil, Fr. Michael O’Loughlin and Fr. Mike Rapp.

Discerning Hearts –  Discerning Hearts ® is a spiritual retreat stop for those who travel on the digital sea. It is a trusted resource for Catholic spirituality and teaching.

Video Blogs

Ascension Presents –  Ascension Presents is an evangelistic platform bringing entertaining, faith-filled, and dynamic presenters straight to your newsfeed. By providing engaging content for our audience that reflects the good, the true and the beautiful we hope to bring their hearts closer to Christ. Video bloggers: Fr. Mike Schmitz, Caffeinated Conversations, Culture

DVD Sets

SYMBOLON: THE CATHOLIC FAITH EXPLAINED / VOL 1 – EPISODES 1-10*PRESENTED BY DR. EDWARD SRI / AUGUSTINE INSTITUTE 5-DVD SET

 

SYMBOLON: THE CATHOLIC FAITH EXPLAINED / VOL II – LIVING THE FAITH /EPISODES 11-20*PRESENTED BY DR. EDWARD SRI / AUGUSTINE INSTITUTE 5-DVD SET

 

 

 

Other

Spiritual Direction – The goal of a spiritual direction is to help you recognize how the Holy Spirit is working in your life.