Category: On the Job

A Market for Disability: Down Syndrome and the Economic Imagination
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A Market for Disability: Down Syndrome and the Economic Imagination

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In a powerful profile of his son Jamie, a young man with Down syndrome, Michael Be?rube? explores some of the key challenges that those with disabilities face when trying to enter the workforce: The first time I talked to Jamie about getting a job, he was only 13. But I thought it was a good idea to […]

 Three Ways to Be Catholic at the Cubicle
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Three Ways to Be Catholic at the Cubicle

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A few weeks ago, I was reading an excerpt about how a man chose to serve as a missionary on a college campus following graduation. He said that he decided to become a missionary because he wanted to something meaningful with his life and not just push papers in an office. As an office worker […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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, […]

Bad Reviews are Good for the Soul
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Bad Reviews are Good for the Soul

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I vividly recall the first really negative review I received on a book. It was for a particular title in the All Things Girl series and the young person who wrote it was fairly scathing in what she said. She identified herself as one of three sisters who ranged in age from 10 to 15. […]

Disability, Service, and Stewardship
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Disability, Service, and Stewardship

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There’s a dangerous tendency in America today to view disabilities of various kinds as insuperable barriers to productive and loving service. There is often an implicit, and sometimes explicit, disrespect of a basic feature of human dignity in the treatment of those with disabilities as merely passive recipients of government aid, the objects of public […]

Christ in My Beloved: A Cop's Wife Counts Her Blessings
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Christ in My Beloved: A Cop’s Wife Counts Her Blessings

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For nearly two decades, I’ve been the wife of a police officer. Invariably, friends whose husbands do not require body armor to go to work ask how I cope with the inherent dangers of his job. They ask, as politely as possible, how I can live with the every-present possibility of being widowed and having […]

What are You Grateful For?
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What are You Grateful For?

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The question stared back at me from the email sent by a nurses’ professional group where I hold membership. I read it on a wet, dreary morning as I fretted about having to go to work. I wondered aloud when I would ever win the lottery. Still feeling sorry that I wasn’t an instant millionaire […]

3 Business Lessons You Can Learn From…Nuns?
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3 Business Lessons You Can Learn From…Nuns?

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Catholic nuns. When you think of them, you may harken back to grade school, or your great aunt Sister Mary, or maybe even Sally Field flying around your TV screen. But consider taking another look at Catholic nuns. They’re not all rulers, dunce chairs, and old women anymore. They’re marketing geniuses. (Crazy about nuns? So […]

Preaching, Teaching, and Washing Dishes
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Preaching, Teaching, and Washing Dishes

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“Wash more dishes,” my spiritual director inevitably advises me. This kicks off a prolonged spate of whining on my part. My children are brilliant whiners, and they have taught me well. “But … I’m not good at it!” I insist plaintively, sometimes silently, sometimes out loud. “And I don’t like it. And I didn’t do […]

How to Create a Simple Facebook Campaign for Your Business
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How to Create a Simple Facebook Campaign for Your Business

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I manage several social media accounts for various clients. From time to time, I get to help promote different products, events, and campaigns in order to get the word out. In addition to my client’s social media accounts, I have my own Twitter and Facebook account for EntreCatholic, my personal blog. While my Twitter account is […]

Four Ways To Evangelize at Work Without Being Churchy
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Four Ways To Evangelize at Work Without Being Churchy

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So here you are: Catholic, on top of the world, and loving everything about life. You naturally want to share the Good News with those you know, like your colleagues in the workplace. After all, having abundant life in Jesus Christ in the Catholic Church is pretty much the best thing ever! But often times […]

Is It Really About Catholic Identity?
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Is It Really About Catholic Identity?

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Imagine a Bishop exercising his rightful authority to assure authentic Catholic teaching and practice in Catholic Schools. If this proposition sounds reasonable, then you will find Bishop Vasa of the Diocese of Santa Rosa, CA to be a reasonable man. He had requested/required that all Catholic School teachers to publicly affirm Catholic Church teaching and […]

The Biggest Mistake a Catholic Can Make At Work
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The Biggest Mistake a Catholic Can Make At Work

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A few years ago I was working in a small office of five or six people. Everybody in the office knew I was Catholic. It was hard to hide, considering I went to Mass nearly every day, a blessing afforded to me by the fact that my parish was one block away from the office. […]

Healing a Divorced Heart
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Healing a Divorced Heart

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Many people carry the painful wound of a divorced heart. The pain can be hard to understand for those of us who have never been through a divorce. It is a wonder to me that you can pray for your future spouse, sacrifice for them and get counsel to help you discover if this person […]

Interview with Author AnnMarie Creedon
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Interview with Author AnnMarie Creedon

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How do you present Theology of the Body in a novel that people will not only like, but want to share and passionately recommend? You couldn’t have convinced me that it could be done well until I read the debut novel by AnnMarie Creedon. Angela’s Song is a novel that I should probably categorize as chick […]

Working Women: Secular Jobs as Inconveniences or Callings?
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Working Women: Secular Jobs as Inconveniences or Callings?

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The day finally came when it was time to pack up the majority of my office suits. They used to be so important to my daily life that they had the privilege of living in their very own closet. But I recently resigned from my decade-long government career, am hugely pregnant, and focused on my […]

They'll Know We Are Christians By Our Love
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They’ll Know We Are Christians By Our Love

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If you’re of a certain age, you’ll recognize the title from an old folk hymn; we sang it repeatedly at Folk Mass in the 70′s and early 80′s.  While the song itself is no longer popular, the message behind it is timeless. I was contacted to see an inpatient at one of our busiest hospitals.  […]

Making Time for the Good Things
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Making Time for the Good Things

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It’s easy, as a dad, to come up with all sorts of reasons why spending time on work is a top priority. We can easily forget that one of the primary purposes of work is to ensure health and well-being for our families. And we can wind up allowing the goodness and excitement of work […]

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