Hallowed Eve, Be A Saint and Take Off Your Mask

Nice meditation on Halloween, thank you, father, for your thoughts. Read the quote below and watch video.

I like especially that we all wear our masks.

“Today, to live the true self that God has created us to be with all the potential that each one of us has. To take off our masks and to let the glory of God shine forth in us. That’s what this day is about and it’s
Halloween All Hallows Eve the day before All Saints Day.

So, let’s take off our masks so that we can let God’s light shine through us so that tomorrow we can celebrate the Feast were called to be the feast of All Saints.”

The video starts at 1:28, you can rewind to get the entire message.

What do you think?

Don’t you think our homes, workplaces, and communities could use Saints? Are you working on being a Saint? Are you teaching your children to be Saints?

I follow the daily readings of the Church here: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/103117.cfm This is where the readings and meditation come from.

Consumed by Money, Sex and Power?

Can we stop the nonsense about how to solve violence in the workplace?

Violence is a symptom of an American Culture that has been shaped by the momentum of the decades of the last century. Today, you might find yourself the victim of violence at work, home or in public. Do you avoid someone in the halls, elevators or public and work areas? Is the fashionably decorated workplace a disguise for a dark place where frustration, bullying, stress, expectations of doing more with less, nothing but rushing and hurrying, anger, exist instead of peace and joy and celebrating a job well done together?

There are many reasons for violence in the workplace but in this post, I’d like to make one comparison, what if we compare to an extreme opposite of violence in the workplace.  Continue reading “Consumed by Money, Sex and Power?”

Intellect Is A Gift

Your life is a gift.

When’s the last time you asked yourself why am I here? When you ask why am I here what is the conversation you have with yourself, how do you answer back? Do you hear the voices of parents, grandparents,  friends who have helped shape your thinking? Maybe you think of books you’ve read or teachers or Youtube or TV. How do you think about this? Does your intellect process this question?

If I write this post correctly I hope there’s a laugh at the end, maybe not LOL, but a quiet, introspective laugh at God’s humor. Continue reading “Intellect Is A Gift”

Marriage Pro-Tip Video, did you know this?

So, this morning in prayer I have a few extra minutes and I flip to YouTube for a video. No, not a porn video, not a sports video, not news either. My soul loves what YouTube provides by way of great preaching.

So, I stumbled on a few Bishop Robert Barron videos that are super short for what they pack in. So, I sent them via this email to my boys. I want them to have these thoughts as they move forward in their journey for getting married, raising families or whatever their vocation may become.

So, here’s my email note:

Your Mom always helps me to remember not be preachy, she says it's a turn-off. Well, I guess if preachy means I'm longing for my own salvation, hers and yours, then off I go to preach. : ) Hopefully, I do it in charity and love but also in truth.

I really have taken to Fr/Bishop Barron (Glenn use to call him FRB), he has many videos, so here's a very popular, short one that he's done. He was a teacher at Mundaline seminary in Chicago, he recently moved to Los Angeles as Bishop and he likes to reach people using new media methods, the internet of things.

This video is on marriage, it's only a few minutes but it will give you a flavor for who he is and his work. He is someone you can listen to and watch pretty easily. I jumped into the middle of the video where he says "it's not enough to get married because you love each other, you must be in love with God as well." I can't do better than have the same advice.

Check out this 3 minute video: https://youtu.be/N2fcNFHDzAE?t=3m30s


Love ya,

Dad

Oh, but wait. Here’s another Barron short video connecting Jesus’ first miracle making 180 gallons of wine at the wedding at Cana. Bishop makes a number of good points connecting Isiah, Jesus being bride groom to us, the roll of the participants at a wedding. Pretty cool, and fast.

I jumped ahead in the video 5 minutes to get to the punch line, listen for even 1 minute, he says, “Jesus presents himself as the bridegroom of his people…” and goes on to connect the miracle to Isiah’s prophecy centuries earlier and how the mass and weddings today are connected. Wow.

We are so fortunate to have Bishop Robert Barron creating videos to help us understand the beauty of Jesus and the Church. He brings alive in only a few minutes what would otherwise be lost to me. Some how, maybe it’s just me, but his presentation is both deep and understandable and beautiful.

Enjoy

Work, Money (economics) and Mission

Try to separate your work, money, and mission?

They all weave together in your everyday. In fact, they work toward the same end all day. The question is do you see each in your day, all day?

Struggle and conflict occur often because we think work, money, and mission don’t belong together. I’m curious what you think? Have you ever been at work and asked yourself “what am I doing here?”

Have you been at Church and found yourself distracted thinking about work?

As different as we all are, we are very much the same.

What do you do when you have time on your hands but no job? Do you worry about getting a better job? Do you worry about bills? We all have that conversation with ourselves that influences us. How often does your conversation include money, work, and mission? How much time do you spend thinking about these things and having that conversation? Why do you occupy yourself with these topics?

Of course, there are many other topics; family, sex, chores, kids, homework, school, and many others. But, on the whole, the conversation between your ears, I’m guessing, includes the three; work, money and mission. Is that true for you? Maybe I’ve got it wrong so share your thoughts below in the comments.

It occurred to me recently to pray for all three at once; work, money, and mission.

Quickly, my reason for my prayer: employee handbooks don’t say you can’t talk about God at work. Right? But, there’s a cultural taboo, “don’t talk about God at work,” right? But people are soulful, your fellow employee is seeking the joy God offers just as much as you. They are having the conversation you have with yourself; if I get more money, better work and fulfill my mission then I’ll be happy, joyful. Right?

Chasing money doesn’t make you happy, doing more work doesn’t make you happy, being focused on your mission but unable to pay your bills doesn’t make you happy. So, I decided I would pray for a job where I could have the full life God promises me (you too).

So, first, of the year I asked God for a job that; utilized my skills and experience (work), was at a place where I could be in a community that accepted my faith (mission) and paid enough to meet my bills (money).

Today, I read the quote from the Gospel of John (today’s reading) and realized my prayer that offered to God the best version of myself and organized my work to him was a prayer he answered.

whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you.
Until now you have not asked anything in my name;
ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete. John 16:23-28

This new role is helping the owners of a small business. It uses my prior experience owner, economics, LEAN, HR, benefits (work), is set for 30 hours of work per week (money), and directs my efforts toward God (mission). Quite an answer to a prayer to do his will. LOL.

God’s sense of humor is not giving this gift when I was young, of course, I didn’t pray for this gift when I was young because I followed cultural norms (no God in the workplace). LOL.

mission: listening and validating employees through lean/six sigma.

Work grinds down employees who, as a result, feel disengaged, ignored, overlooked and unappreciated. In the LEAN role, I am connecting employees to the customer value in a way that’s meaningful to each employee in their own way.

Simply put, I validate each employee by listening to them. This work makes me think of the virtue of subsidiarity. That is putting decisions closest to the worker who is doing the work; this is totally LEAN and totally Catholic social teaching. Pretty cool, I am helping employees and the employer and doing mission work.

God should not be absent from the workplace; where people are there God is too. With eyes of faith we can see Jesus in each person. How often do we give others their due in this regard? As a business owner, I know all too well how the economic realities will push aside the value of the people. If HR is doing its job they should find the “human” in the resource.

I’ve always thought of work, money, and mission as together but never have I had the opportunity I have today.

I love economics because, like gravity, forces that affect economics are immovable. People have to work to pay bills. Companies need employees to be more productive than their competitor to survive. I like the reality economics imposes and I like helping employees and companies be more competitive.

So, this new role I prayed for has me in the middle of making people, productive and happier and improves customer value and profitability. Pretty cool, and an answer to a prayer. Thank you Lord.

Do you think it makes sense to merge mission, work and economics together for you? What’s your workplace like?

I’d love to hear what you think? Comment or share below.

“I love you, God” – Share a Book This Lent, Here’s a Good One

“I Love You” – God

God’s message to you about what he wants for you.

Contemplate what this world offers compared to what God offers.

$0.99

Most of the proceeds after Apple costs will be donated to charity and good, so gift the book to those who need God’s Love.

Where can I GET THE BOOK?

In digital form, it is sold on Apple iBooks only. Future releases may be available in other digital formats plus a stunning print format if there’s interest from readers.

The Apple direct link should help you find the book quickly: https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/book/i-love-you/id1225448882?mt=11 

How Can customers gift this book?

In iBooks on your Mac, click the arrow next to the Buy button and choose Gift. On iOS devices such as iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch, tap the sharing arrow, then tap Gift.

May God’s peace and joy be with you in this Lenten season.