Catholic Business and Strategies

My first born son seemed to have found his mission in life- Catholic media.   His academic background is Computer Information Systems, his passion is photography and video-editing.  Recently, Catholic News Service spotted a photo he took and this picture was viewed nationally.

God works in mysterious ways especially  when He wants you to serve Him in a certain mission.  Seemingly, simple stuff becomes profound and enigmatic.   Our parish priest articulated it in clear words:  “He obviously has some gifts.”

So when one day, my son called me for business advice on what direction to take in the Catholic business sphere, I have to allow some room for honesty.

“Son, I really do not know.  You have to be patient in discerning God’s will.  Everything you have right now may seem to come out of  your expertise or because you own a top-of-the-line camera.  But, really, nothing of what you possess right now is totally yours.  This is why I cannot tell you what to do or where to go because in the first place,  God is obviously making the plan for you.  You have to be patient and listen to His direction.

The greatest advice I can tell you, my son,  is to step back and own nothing of  your success.  In humility, instead of self-love, you can hear God’s voice who so much want to give you His plan.  How often do we think our successes in life are largely credited to our own efforts and talents?  To the world you might be this and that, but to the Giver of your talents, you are what you are because of the graces bestowed upon you.

It feels good to be admired, to be esteemed, to be extolled, to be honored, to be praised, to be preferred to others, to be consulted, to be approved.  In our human nature, we fear to be humiliated, to be despised, to suffer rebukes, to being calumniated,  being forgotten, being ridiculed, being wronged, or being suspected.

If you want to be in the Catholic business, you must decrease so others will increase, you must stay on the side so others will be chosen, you must seek to be unnoticed so others will be praised.

It is in being humble that you will stand out.  I’d rather, that your efforts will shine in Heaven more than on earth. This is the Catholic business – heaven is the goal. (9/17/2012, 8 pm)”

 

+++AMDG+++

Litany of Humility

by RafaelCardinal Merry del Val (1865-1930),
Secretary of State for Pope Saint Pius X

Read more:http://www.ewtn.com/devotionals/prayers/humility.htm#ixzz26rD3CyIZ

O Jesus! meek and humble of heart,Hear me.
Fromthe desire of being esteemed,

Deliver me, Jesus.

From the desire of being loved…
From the desire of being extolled …
From the desire of being honored …
From the desire of being praised …
From the desire of being preferred to others…
From the desire of being consulted …
From the desire of being approved …
From the fear of being humiliated …
Fromthe fear of being despised…
From the fear of suffering rebukes …
From the fear of being calumniated …
From the fear of being forgotten …
From the fear of being ridiculed …
From the fear of being wronged …
From the fear of being suspected …

That others may be loved more than I,
Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

That others may be esteemed more than I …
That, in the opinion of the world,
others may increase and I may decrease …
That others may be chosen and I set aside …
That others may be praised and I unnoticed …
That others may be preferred to me in everything…
That others may become holier than I,
provided that I may become as holy as I should…

Read more:http://www.ewtn.com/devotionals/prayers/humility.htm#ixzz26rCpuKR3

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