Work makes us work together. It’s in this that we can show our humanity to each other, or not. Have you been at work and seen behavior that steals another person’s dignity? Think of it this way, have you seen a coworker bullied, put-upon, made to work to excess? Or, is your workplace a place where humanity thrives and the business does as well?
What makes one place of business one way, or another?
Economics of people working together, HR, employee benefits, and faith are what I write about, someone passed along this informal classroom pole. 40% of Students admitted they have witnessed broken workplaces.
Workplaces are human places first. People do stuff, solve problems and make things together. It’s all done to promote family and community, that’s what work does.
For 98% of us our work is not intrinsically meaningful. Like the work of a Cancer doctor whose work is by its nature intrinsically meaningful, most of us must bring meaning to our work.
How do you bring meaning in every moment of your workday?
Katherine Drexel, A Saints’ Work
Giving up the worlds hold on us makes it possible to see a reality seldom recognized in the daily grind. Trading the world’s promise of fame, fortune, power, honor, privilege for God’s promises means recognizing the workplace as a human place.
It means, doing things like Katherine Drexel did, it is to move your heart from doing for yourself, do doing for others. Katherine Drexel gave up Millions and look what her choice created, a link to her story of starting Xavier University and so many other good works.
What is your place of work like? What do you bring to your workplace? Comment or share your own view.
Merry Christmas! Jesus’ birth more than 2,000 years ago is both divine and historical. So many faith traditions point to this, a special day. Let his grace and peace reign in your heart, at home, at work, and in public. Go spread the joy.
The Birth of Jesus. *18 Now this is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about. When his mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, * but before they lived together, she was found with child through the holy Spirit. 19 Joseph her husband, since he was a righteous man, * yet unwilling to expose her to shame, decided to divorce her quietly. Continue reading “Three Stories of Jesus’ Birth”
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?
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
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.