Working in the Vineyard: Joy or Burden?

  “What if we instead showed that those laborers in the vineyard had it better than the idlers in the market?” In the Gospel readings this week, we have been hearing about what it means to follow Christ. Lessons on the commandments and parables about the kingdom in a sense culminate in the first reading… Continue reading Working in the Vineyard: Joy or Burden?

They Will Know We Are Christians

"Christ and the Rich Young Ruler" (detail) by Heinrich Hofmann / Public domain

“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you; abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that… Continue reading They Will Know We Are Christians

The Proposal of God — To Serve

— “We are called to serve.  In fact, we were created to serve. It’s radically counter-cultural.”  In many parishes this weekend, we will hear the story of the Samaritan woman at the well. On the third, fourth, and fifth Sundays of Lent, parishes have the option to read from the readings for Year A, particularly… Continue reading The Proposal of God — To Serve

Are You Goal Oriented?

Have you ever been so focused on achieving your goals that you’ve run people over in the process? I sure have. In today’s workplaces, it’s more important than ever to meet our goals, and we’re under lots of pressure to be productive and efficient. Unfortunately, this can cause plenty of interpersonal problems, since we all… Continue reading Are You Goal Oriented?

Catholic Quote of the Day — from St. John Bosco

St. John Bosco

“‘Give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and to God what belongs to God.’ Therefore, according to the Gospel, any citizen can be a good Catholic – that is, side with Jesus Christ and the Pope, and do good to his fellow men – and at the same time side with Caesar, namely, observe the… Continue reading Catholic Quote of the Day — from St. John Bosco

Vital Leadership Lessons from a Child with Autism

I have been leading people since I was a 16 year old in high school working at a restaurant in the town where I grew up.  Leadership has always been a passion for me and after years of study, reading dozens of leadership books, listening to mentors and accumulating great experience on the way to… Continue reading Vital Leadership Lessons from a Child with Autism

The Paradox of Help

A Helping Hand

Back in 2006, shortly after I came into the Catholic Church, a friend and fellow parishioner shared an observation with me after Mass one morning which had a profound effect on me:  “Randy, I have noticed that you really enjoy helping people.  But, you are very uncomfortable when people try to help you.  By not… Continue reading The Paradox of Help

Daily Catholic Quote from St. John Bosco

St. John Bosco

“‘Give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and to God what belongs to God.’ Therefore, according to the Gospel, any citizen can be a good Catholic – that is, side with Jesus Christ and the Pope, and do good to his fellow men – and at the same time side with Caesar, namely, observe the… Continue reading Daily Catholic Quote from St. John Bosco

Daily Catholic Quote from St. Ignatius of Loyola

“Man is created to praise, reverence, and serve God our Lord, and by this means to save his soul.  And the other things on the face of the earth are created for man and that they may help him in prosecuting the end for which he is created.  From this it follows that man is… Continue reading Daily Catholic Quote from St. Ignatius of Loyola

An Interview with Kevin Lowry – author of “Faith at Work: Finding Purpose Beyond the Paycheck”

We may often wonder if authors actually live up to the standards they outline for us in their books.  In the case of Kevin Lowry and Faith at Work: Finding Purpose Beyond the Paycheck (Our Sunday Visitor, 2011), there is no doubt that he lives up to the important themes of this wonderful book.  Kevin… Continue reading An Interview with Kevin Lowry – author of “Faith at Work: Finding Purpose Beyond the Paycheck”