Feeding Our Habits

Eggs with Steam – Copyright 2019 Frank J Casella

Habits are an important part of our lives, when put in right perspective. Just like in the business world, systems are another word for business habits. It is said the fastest way to success in life, is to replace bad habits with good habits.

As Catholic men, we know that whatever we feed our brains is what forms our habits. Our Faith promotes through the sacraments a method to develop the good habit of study and living the scriptures everyday.

The daily readings feed us like a dinner plate of different foods: Old Testament, Psalms, New Testament, and prayers for adoration and supplication. But we have to develop the habits and spend time with it each day, and then practice it in our lives. Baby steps lead to walking our spiritual journey with the Lord.

When we make the decision to go off this path, and do things in our own thinking, it is known as sin. Feeding our habits with things like pornography, too much booze, abuse of others verbally or physically, or getting sucked into the drama of things shared on social media, can take us to a visit with our priest for confession. The good thing is that God is a God of second chances.

But the thing about second chances is we have to make the corrections so that we don’t keep going back. As Henry Ford once said, “Failure is an opportunity to begin again, only more intelligently”. Our shortcomings serve the purpose to embrace God and depend on His will for our lives.

Feeding our good habits, with Christ as the center of our lives, is what helps to transform our bad habits into virtues, and is what makes working towards being a saint is all about.

“Lord Jesus, open the Scriptures to us;
make our hearts burn while you speak to us.”

7 Scripture Principles for Business Leadership

Did you know that the Bible says more about money than any other subject? Even more than love!

Why do you think this is?

This may bring to mind your thinking that money is the root of evil, but, that’s not quite it. “For the love of money is the root of all evils, and some people in their desire for it have strayed from the faith and have pierced themselves with many pains.”1Tim 6:10

God knows that to fully love we have to put money into perspective.

So lets jump in with both feet…..

7 Business Leadership Principles from God’s Word:

1) God owns our money and trusts us to be a good steward of what He owns. See the Parable of the Talents in Matt. 25: 14-30 Likewise, God is so generous that he only asks that we tithe a small portion back to Him, and then gives us the rest to manage.

2) Who or what do we worship. When we look in our checkbook, where does most of our money go? Temporal things of this world, or do we channel our resources to bring value to the lives of others and thus share the Gospel?

3) Pay your obligations before yourself. I was raised in a family business, my parents made sure their vendors and employees were paid before themselves. Would you go without a paycheck to fulfill your vows as a business leader? See The Workers in the Vineyard in Matt. 20:1-16

4) When we donate our business resources what is our motive? Do we do it sincerely from our heart to serve the Lord, or to serve our business? Though, there is nothing wrong with the by-product of our sincerity to donate to also benefit our business, as long as we keep it in right perspective.

5) Business partnerships, is our first partner in business Jesus Christ? Do we read the Bible for principles and seek God through prayer to solve our problems?

6) Is our purpose of a Catholic in business to glorify God? Everything we say or do must be weighed against our purpose – does it glorify God? Read Colossians 3:23 “Whatever you do, do from the heart, as for the Lord and not for others”. If we are an employee then do we view our paycheck as a certificate of performance?

7) Share the Gospel in the Workplace. At one of the Parish Small Men’s Groups a man shared how his signature in company email “God Bless” got him in deep hot water. Does the culture of our workplace allow us to share the Gospel in word or only in action? What would Jesus do?

There is a delicate balance in sharing and living the Gospel in business today. And, as Catholic Men, we must walk our talk and seek to meet God where He is at work while we are at work.


Frank J Casella
CMCS Executive Director

If You Don’t Stand For What You Believe, People Won’t Know Where You Stand

By Frank J Casella

Have you ever met a person who says they believe one thing, but then does something else?

Have you ever faced making a decision and can’t find the best answer, or the best direction to go.

In my volunteer work with Catholic Men the topic often comes up about how to make decisions. It usually comes down to based on our personal belief system. Specifically, it’s important to us that we make decisions in the work place and at home that reflect Jesus Christ as the center of our lives.

My late father often said the words, “if you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything”. This is why it’s important to know what we believe. In fact, even an atheist knows what he believes .. That he doesn’t believe in God or Jesus.

Many converts to the Catholic Faith I have witnessed are on fire for the Truth of the Church more so than those like me who have been brought up in the faith.

Why is this?

I think it’s because they (converts) have made a decision to the Faith instead of being born into it.

When we make a conscience decision about anything in life, instead of that decision handed to us, then we have an intentional commitment to it.

The thing is, most of us I find try not to make intentional decisions, but rather just live for the moment as long as it takes care of our needs, wants, and personal desires.

So, if you are a Christian, how do you make a conscience decision based on what you believe?

The way I try to do it is to look at the person or matter through the eyes of Christ. To first ask myself if this decision is on my agenda or on God’s agenda. How does Jesus see them or this matter, and how would He respond. … through me.

Many times when I seek where God is at work in the matter, elements come into play that go beyond whatever I could do on my own.

I also try to live my life as a prayer; to have a conversation with God all day long, and do more listening than talking. This takes practice being in tune with the Holy Spirit, and listening for ‘the voice’. Test the small decisions to know that you hear it right first, before moving to the big decisions.

Finally, I spend a few minutes each day just to think. In silence.

After I drain my brain of the many concerns of the day, several things come to mind that I write as a thought and not as a to-do list. It becomes easier over time, as you become more serious and disciplined, and sincere, then God will speak, you will see.

By doing all the above you will find over time that making a decision becomes more easy, and you will have clarity over a matters faster, because you know what you believe.

Some decisions are not made for us alone, and this is were we bring in trusted council to help us with discernment, such as a priest or spiritual director, or trusted friend.

Why is all of this important?

Because our lives are just passing through here on Earth. So the time we have left is meant to make a positive difference for the next generation, compared to when we showed up.

And we do this by making the right decisions in the little everyday things, so that over time we have a satisfying life well lived, rather than a life of confusions and wanderings.

Said another way, I’ve never met a person that served themselves who was happy and full of joy, and living a satisfying life.

So, decide on what you believe, and then let that belief transform your decisions in this life. Sometimes you will find this is opposite of what the world tells you to do.

But, then, if you don’t stand for what you believe, people won’t know where you stand .. including yourself.

 

Frank J Casella is co-founder of Chicago Catholic Men’s Conference, and executive director of Catholic Men Chicago Southland Apostolate.

Portions of this post are from this article on LinkedIn Blog

 

 

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