How Are Things At Work?

February 5, 2012 by  
Filed under Conversion, Faith, Work

“How are things at work?”

I’ve asked this question of friends countless times, usually with a sympathetic grin. It’s a question that acknowledges the fact that work is fraught with difficulties. Perhaps an ongoing disagreement with the boss or a coworker. Insufficient hours in the workday. Fear of being downsized. The tough part about work often isn’t the work itself.

We’ve all been there. Anxiety about work runs hot in today’s hyper-productive culture, and we feel it acutely, at a visceral level. At the same time, our faith tells us there’s something more. Scripture and good homilies remind us time and time again: be not afraid.

Friends have shared lots of answers to my casual inquiry over the course of time, and I’m genuinely interested. In fact, I’ve been given a great opportunity by my local Catholic radio station, St. Gabriel Catholic Radio (AM820) in Columbus. Each weekday morning, they’re running a “Faith at Work minute” during morning drive time. For a sample, listen here: Faith at Work minute #1Faith at Work minute #2, and Faith at Work minute #3.

These short reflections are intended to provide just a bit of encouragement for those on the way to work each day. Incidentally, they’re available for syndication (about seventy have been recorded thus far), if you’re interested let me know and I’ll put you in touch with the good folks at St. Gabriel.

Another opportunity arose recently, with the advent of a weekly series on EWTN radio’s Son Rise Morning Show with Brian Patrick. Each week, we’re exploring matters of faith in the workplace, beginning with chapters in my newly released book. It’s a great honor, and I’m interested in making it relevant for you. If you’d like to hear the discussion, listen from 7:23 to 7:30 EST on Monday mornings.

So… how are things going for you at work? I would love to hear from you, about your successes and failures, challenges and opportunities. Perhaps your response will lead to a new Faith at Work minute topic, or a discussion on the Son Rise Morning Show.

Please leave comments below, or send me an email at gratefulconvert (at) gmail (dot) com. May the Lord prosper your work, and let’s pray for one another!

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4 Responses to “How Are Things At Work?”
  1. I love the idea of your Faith at Work Minute and will take a listen. 🙂 It’s great you’ll be on regularly with Brian Patrick too. I’ll try to tune in.

    God bless you, the family, and the work!
    Donna-Marie

  2. Patrick says:

    New job in a new industry (transportation logistics), which doesn’t have a reputation of being for the “religious” type of the world, and I see this as something I need to evaluate and be very intentional about so as to not fall by the way side. It seems like getting drunk and living the life in the fast lane is the norm, especially with so many young people working beside me. It’s something that needs prayer and reflection on my part.

  3. Kevin says:

    Thanks, Donna-Marie – I’m an admirer of your faithful work and writing!

    Patrick, I agree wholeheartedly – prayer and reflection are always useful. Having spent much of my career in industries that didn’t necessarily reflect religious values, your situation sounds to me like an opportunity. Keep the faith!

  4. Love to see the encouragement here for folks to tie their spiritual life with work. God cares about it! Will check out your book, too.

    Thanks.

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