How To Live As A Catholic Man In The Workplace

By Frank J Casella

“Winning is not a sometime thing; it’s an all time thing. You don’t win once in a while, you don’t do things right once in a while, you do them right all the time. Winning is habit. Unfortunately, so is losing”.   – Vince Lombardi

If you substitute “Prayers” for “Winning” then “Praying is not a sometime thing. it’s an all the time thing…………

Everything we do in the workplace as a Catholic Man must have a foundation of prayer.    Every decision that we make. Every action that we take. Every thought that we think, and every word that we say.

Because character and Integrity is what we do when nobody is looking.

If the boss asks you to cheat to make the company profit, do you do what the boss says or what God tells your conscience?  ‘Catholic guilt’ is really your will and your conscience boxing … with the Devil as the Ref.

Women.  Need I say more?

…. Respect her as a person and as the woman that she is. A rule I use is to always look at her in the eyes, or not lower than the bridge of her nose, and don’t let my eyes drop. Because I’m looking for the holiness inside for her true beauty.

If she dresses with ‘too much skin’ then I see her as Blessed John Paul II says “a work of art created by God”.   If you have ever visited St. Peter’s at the Vatican, women are to dress modestly as to not draw attention away from God. Some men I know appreciate the value of a work of Art more than the woman in their lives.

Likewise, if the way you dress causes a woman to look at you in in-modest ways  …  Married or not … Then you are a distraction (in the workplace) and not honoring God. True attractiveness comes from how we live our holiness. We don’t have to promote that by how we dress. Instead dress to earn respect from others.

Do you know the rules of your company manual?  How about your spiritual manual: The Bible and the Catechism?   Are you of the world, or just live in it?

When you walk through a room do people know you’ve been there in a positive way?  Does the light of Christ radiate from you and your personality?  Jesus made his presence attractive in a way that people knew quickly what He was about, and wanted what He had for them: God’s Love and the Gospel message.

Men, today we need to strive each day to be an better example of our relationship with God and the Holy Trinity. And one way to do this is by how we live the new covenant.

Do you milk the day to get a paycheck, or do you bring value to your firm by viewing your paycheck as a certificate of performance … Regardless of how the company treats you?  Are you humble or modest … do you look at others as better than yourself?

I know. Stay with me …

Do you pray for your company every day, as well as your boss and co-workers.  When someone is going through a life set-back do (show that) you care, and maybe a good listener, or do you look the other way?

Are you Charming.  Forgiving.  Patient.  Wait for God’s agenda … or on your own?

With all of this you might be saying “where is my freedom”?   “Don’t I have a right to do things the way I see them”?

“Freedom consists not in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought.” – Pope John Paul II

Are you a winner?  Are you a pray-er?  It’s not a sometime thing.  It’s an all the time thing.

The way to conversion comes through prayer and living the Virtues of a Catholic Man.

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Frank J Casella is a Photographer, and Co-Founder of Catholic Men Chicago Southland Apostolate. Portions of this article are contributed by Deacon John Rangel, Co-Founder and Director of Mission of Catholic Men Chicago Southland.