St. Joseph is not only the patron saint of the Universal Church and of fathers, but he is also the patron saint of workers. May 1st is the Feast Day of St. Joseph the Worker. The feast day “proper” of St. Joseph is March 19th. But in 1955 Pope Pius XII instituted a second feast day to honor St. Joseph under his role as Worker.
Work & Money
Do you know who Pelagius is? Are you a Pelagian and without even realizing it? Pelagius taught that you can, on your own, live a virtuous life. A Christian understanding recognizes this as false. But do we live that or is there a little Pelagius in how we live? Do you focus on acheivement? Do you take charge? Do you measure success in numbers? If so, then perhaps you are a secret Pelagian.
So many talk about work/life balance, but what we really mean is getting our priorities in order and living an integrated (as opposed to compartmentalized) life. Faith at Work: Finding Purpose Beyond the Paycheck by Kevin Lowry hits the integrated nail on the head with impact. Three things made this book powerful: the humility of the author, the insights of how to be faithful at work, and the number of relevant examples and stories that made the ideas come alive.
The folks over at The Integrated Catholic Life are hosting their 5th Annual Atlanta Catholic Business Conference. Other sponsors include EWTN, Belmont Abbey College, and the Aquinas Center for Theology at Emory University. I have connections to Atlanta from when I worked there and am definitely going. I wanted to make sure Catholic Dads knew about this.
This consideration of stumbling blocks in truly praying “thy will be done” instead of “my will be done” starts with Greed. A life focused on acquisition prevents us from really meaning “thy will be done.”
In your day to day life, especially around work issues, do you trust God or do you take charge to reach your goals?
What is the #1 challenge facing fathers today? This is a difficult question to answer for many reasons, especially because all families are different with different issues and struggles. And yet, I think that some issues and struggles affect most, if not every father of this day and age in particular. Many challenges could possibly qualify including:
~ How does a father talk to his children about sex in a sex-saturated culture targeted more and more towards kids?
~ How much does a father censor what his children are exposed to online, on TV, and with their friends?
Imagine how much time you spend at work throughout your life. With the direction our society is moving it seems that people are working longer and longer hours for more years of their lives and therefore spending more time in their cubicle, office, etc. The office has become our home away from home which should encourage us to treat it as such.
Believe it or not, according to the U.S. Census Bureau the average American spends over 100 hours a year commuting. 100 hours a year! This means that you essentially spend over 4 days worth of time a year behind the wheel of a car going to and from work. That is a lot of time. What do most Americans do during that commute? I would guess that they listen to music, news, or some sort of talk-show. Imagine if you spent this time doing something spiritual, something that will change your life by making every commute time well-spent. Here are some ideas to make your commute an important part of your day and not a frustrating or useless one.
Like many other children, my daughter enjoys going to the zoo. There’s a zoo within an hour’s drive so it’s not a big deal to take her and I enjoy seeing her so happy at the zoo. However, the cost adds up after a while ($20 admission for both of us).
I recently had the opportunity to review a preview copy of The Catholic Briefcase by Randy Hain. I would highly recommend this book to Catholic dads or any Catholic who has to balance the demands of work with their faith.
The balancing act between we often walk is not easy, and we often take on the task alone with little support.