Category: Business & Work

Five Reasons I'm Giving Up Facebook for Lent
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Five Reasons I’m Giving Up Facebook for Lent

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If you feel called to give up a Facebook for Lent this year, you aren’t alone. In social media parlance, the idea is “trending.” Before I explain my reasons for seriously curbing my Facebook use this season, let me first acknowledge that social media enables me to do my work as a writer with great […]

3D Printing Lets Blind Parents Hold Model of Their Unborn Child
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3D Printing Lets Blind Parents Hold Model of Their Unborn Child

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A Brazilian company is using 3D prenatal imaging technology and 3D printing to produce physical replicas of a baby growing in the womb, allowing moms- and dads-to-be to hold a model of their unborn child in their hands. Neva Fairchild of the American Foundation for the Blind told Tech Page One that the models would […]

Pro-lifers Host Rome Conference Celebrating John Paul II
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Pro-lifers Host Rome Conference Celebrating John Paul II

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C-FAM and the Alliance Defending Freedom are hosting a conference in Rome to explore and celebrate the contribution of Pope John Paul II to the pro-life debate at the UN and his work in establishing a global pro-life movement. The conference comes during the weekend of the canonization of John Paul II as a saint […]

Don't Let Money Be a Marriage-Killer
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Don’t Let Money Be a Marriage-Killer

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Money troubles are a leading cause of divorce, and studies show that the more frequently couples argue over money the more likely the marriage is to fall apart. So how can couples avoid this marriage-killer? To start with, forget the idea of my money vs. your money, or his money vs. her money. That kind […]

New Years Resolution
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How’s That New Year’s Resolution Working Out?

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Colleen Scariano also contributed to this article. January is the month of new year’s resolutions. It’s a month that sees new gym memberships surge and bad habits wane (hopefully)! What’s really interesting, however, is how ‘resolved’ folks are come next month. Will your life remain changed next month? Will you still be a new person? […]

Her: A Cautionary Tale
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Her: A Cautionary Tale

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Spike Jonze’s film Her, currently out in theaters and an Academy Award nominee for Best Picture, is a cautionary tale of the future that awaits us if we continue to hail technology as our savior. Set in the not too distant Los Angeles, Tom Twombly (masterfully portrayed by Joaquin Phoenix) is reeling from a failed […]

Tech Kids
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Tech Kids

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If we want our children to become saints, they will need to hear the call of God — a vocation to holiness that applies to all of us. But how will they be able to hear that call if their lives are full of noise? In our digital age, young people have more noise and […]

Politics and Pulpit: "Uninhibited, Robust and Wide-Open!" Part One
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Politics and Pulpit: “Uninhibited, Robust and Wide-Open!” Part One

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It’s an election year, and it’s time to open our mouths, in the Church, about politics, candidates, and the right to life. Our fight for our unborn brothers and sisters is a fight for freedom and against tyranny; for people and against oppressive governments. Our Founding Fathers fought this fight, and so must we, with […]

Patron of Compulsive Shopping Disorders
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Patron of Compulsive Shopping Disorders

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As a cradle Catholic, I’ve had the privilege of learning about and praying for the intercession of many saints for all my life.   Lose my keys again?  Calling on Saint Anthony.  Test coming up?  St. Joseph of Cupertino to the rescue. Pregnancy issues?  Alternate between St. Gerard Magella and St. Raymond Nonatus. Husband unemployed?  […]

St. John Bosco and the Exercise of Virtue
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St. John Bosco and the Exercise of Virtue

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Is it better to be Prudent or not? When discussing the infamous educational system of St. John Bosco (Preventive System) one cannot help to see how prudent he was in helping the children of Turin. The Method of St. John Bosco A striking characteristic one encounters upon reading about St. John Bosco and his Preventive […]

How Can We Work 40+ Hours a Week and Still Put God First?
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How Can We Work 40+ Hours a Week and Still Put God First?

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How you manage your time depends on who or what you put first. Does your family come first or does your job? And what about God? Ideally, our priorities will be God, family, and work, in that order. But with only 24 hours in a day, it’s hard to know how to give everyone their […]

Income Inequality: A Third Option
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Income Inequality: A Third Option

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The fiftieth anniversary of The War on Poverty has reignited a flurry of discussion over what to do about the poor in America and around the world. This coincides with some interesting recent statistics on an increasing gulf between what the poor and rich are earning each year. Unfortunately, these disparities are nearly always approached from the […]

Does God Want You to Have It All?
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Does God Want You to Have It All?

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Can women have careers without neglecting their children? Can women have children without neglecting their intellectual gifts? In short, can women have it all? My mother taught me that the answer was no. She quoted former U.K. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher fondly and often: “A woman can have a great career and a great marriage. […]

Millennials' Siren Song
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Millennials’ Siren Song

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Occupy Wall Street activist and “independent journalist” Jesse Myerson recently made waves when he penned a piece for Rolling Stone in which he laid out five major policy priorities that Millennials should be fighting for, including such novel concepts as “guaranteed work for everybody,” and “take back the land.” Perhaps the best indicator of the sheer lunacy […]

The Book Whisperer: The Art of Spiritual Writing
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The Book Whisperer: The Art of Spiritual Writing

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At Ave Maria Press, I enjoy working closely with authors to help them “develop their craft.” Rewriting and platform-building are two of the most challenging tasks for any writer, so I am always looking for helpful resources. Vinita’s new book, The Art of Spiritual Writing, is one I highly recommend for those new to the spiritual […]

The Last Best New Year’s Resolution
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The Last Best New Year’s Resolution

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I suggest making one last resolution for the New Year: stop making them.  Within the first month, most people have broken their resolutions anyways.  Ask any health club manager about the January spike that levels out by February.  You don’t need the first day of January to improve your life; you need God.  Life is […]

Three Ways to Cut Consumerism Out of Christmas
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Three Ways to Cut Consumerism Out of Christmas

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God’s love came to us in circumstances of radical poverty. The Creator of the universe was born in a stable, poor and homeless. How then has the preparation for the celebration of this miracle come to include Black Friday brawls and countless tips to reduce holiday induced stress? We blame stores for advertising Christmas in […]

Working Mom’s Survival Kit
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Working Mom’s Survival Kit

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Today is my first “normal” day back at work (from my home office) since Chris came home. Now, under ideal circumstances (everyone but me — including the dog — out of the house for an eight-hour stretch, the house clean and crock pot simmering), I enjoy working from home. However, since “ideal circumstances” seldom present themselves […]

Plan, Be Realistic, and Take the Shot
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Plan, Be Realistic, and Take the Shot

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I’ve been traveling. A lot. Heaps, you might say, for those Down Under. I’ve learned three important life lessons in my travels this past three months during all the travel on which I’ve embarked for Little Flower Strategies. There’s been, in fact, more than three lessons, to be sure. Out of respect for your time, I’m […]

The Trainwreck: Obamacare System Down
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The Trainwreck: HealthCare.gov Meets The Mythical Man-Month

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Why do software projects go awry?

Hope for the Workplace: Christ in You
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Hope for the Workplace: Christ in You

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Do you bring Christ to your workplace? If you work for a faith-based organization, the answer to that question may be an easy “yes.” However, the vast majority of Catholics and Christians work in secular institutions. What happens then? Should Christians leave their faith behind when they enter the office door. In Hope for the […]

Four Simple Steps to Position Yourself For Success
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Four Simple Steps to Position Yourself For Success

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Today I was listening to a podast and once again heard the quote, “Luck: preparation meets opportunity.” As I was thinking about that, I was reminded of everything I’ve learned over the past year or so. For those who don’t know, I just quit my full-tie job to ‘go solo’. It was a huge leap, […]

Pope Francis: Rupture vs. Change
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Pope Francis: Rupture vs. Change

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“That’s not what he really meant to say…” These are increasingly common words spoken on behalf of Pope Francis. Increasingly, Catholic bloggers are having to compile montages of quotes to show the strain of orthodox continuity in the Pope’s interviews. For many traditionalists, it is the frightful spectre of a Jesuit pope ascending the throne […]

Making a Tough Decision: The Economics of Putting Family First
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Making a Tough Decision: The Economics of Putting Family First

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It was time to make another dreaded phone call telling  my wife that problems had come up and I wouldn’t be coming home the next day as scheduled. I was thousands of miles away, yet I could hear the disappointment in her voice as she tried to be understanding. She was used to this happening, […]

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