I’ve heard lots of commentaries recently by people who are utterly infuriated with politicians. Now, this blog isn’t generally concerned with politics, but I ran across a priceless reflection this week that seems perfectly suited for the times in which we live. As regular visitors to gratefulconvert.com know, the late Fr. Ray Ryland was... [Read more...]Workplace Witnesses – Part 3
Continued from Part 2… here are more ways our actions can speak louder than words in the workplace. Joy in Tribulations One of my favorite stories in scripture is in Acts chapter 5. The apostles are hauled in front of the Sanhedrin, accused of preaching the gospel. For their troubles, they were flogged. Flogged! Then scripture tells us the most... [Read more...]Workplace Witnesses – Part 2
Continued from Part 1… here are a few ways our actions can speak louder than words in the workplace. Be a Friend I worked with a guy several years ago named Stan, who had grown up Christian but abandoned his faith in favor of Buddhism. It was a bit of an odd relationship. Stan delighted in giving me a hard time about being Catholic, and we had... [Read more...]Workplace Witnesses – Part 1
My wife’s cell phone was just about dead. She really didn’t want a new one, but the battery wouldn’t hold a charge, and it was becoming increasingly difficult for her to call her mom, text our older kids, and perhaps most important – receive calls from her loving husband. That’s why we recently found ourselves reluctantly trudging into the... [Read more...]Grateful Fathers
Among the privileges of my life is knowing many good men, and among them some remarkable fathers. One unifying theme springs to mind that unites the great dads: gratitude. Good fathers are grateful for their children. They know that that despite – and maybe because of – the challenges of fatherhood, there is a tremendous opportunity to positively... [Read more...]Applied Leadership
My MBA was in “Applied Leadership.” It took an enormous amount of time and sacrifice to complete, yet I’m still not sure that I could provide a concise definition of exactly what “applied leadership” means. Thankfully, I know it when I see it. One of the most head-spinning times in my life was right around my 40th birthday.... [Read more...]Vocation of the Business Leader
What does the faith have to do with business? According to many people I’ve encountered, the answer is: nothing. Thankfully, not everyone thinks that’s true. Recently, the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace released a new resource entitled Vocation of the Business Leader: A Reflection. It’s well worth reading. Consider the following... [Read more...]Are You Goal Oriented?
Have you ever been so focused on achieving your goals that you’ve run people over in the process? I sure have. In today’s workplaces, it’s more important than ever to meet our goals, and we’re under lots of pressure to be productive and efficient. Unfortunately, this can cause plenty of interpersonal problems, since we all act differently when... [Read more...]What Humility, What Joy!
When I was a kid growing up in Canada, I learned that the best way to become a better hockey player was to play with kids who were better than me. The same principle applies to our spiritual lives. Today I had a singular privilege – Kathi and I, along with five of our kids, visited the Children of Mary religious community near Newark, Ohio. What... [Read more...]Lives of Caring
It’s been 10 years since 9/11. The day that changed everything, and everyone who watched replay after replay of airplanes flying into buildings. But how have we changed for the better? Consider just one quality: are we more caring for others? As America prepares to remember the fallen, each of us hearkens back to our own experience of the event. For... [Read more...]