On the Greatness and Littleness of Human Life
Honoring newly canonized Saint John Henry Newman, an excerpt from Waiting for Christ featured in Legatus Magazine
Our earthly life gives promise of what it does not accomplish. It promises immortality, yet it is mortal. It contains life in death and eternity in time, and it attracts by beginnings which faith alone brings to an end. When we take into account the powers with which our souls are gifted as Christians, the very consciousness of these fills us with a certainty that they must last beyond this life. That is in the case of good and holy men, whose present state is to them who know them well an earnest of immortality. The greatness of their gifts, contrasted with the scanty time for exercising them, forces the mind forward to the thought of another life, as almost the necessary counterpart and consequence of this life, and certainly implied in the life, provided there be a righteous governor of the world who does not make men for naught.Read More
Economics for the Common Good
By Ed Condon - Excerpted from Catholic News Agency Nov 5, 2019 (CNA). Image credit: Gage Skidmore
Senator Marco Rubio has called for “common good economics” ahead of a speech on Catholic social teaching and the dignity of work, noting the need for a new economic vision to respond to contemporary economic realities.
Speaking to CNA in an interview November 4, Senator Rubio (R-FL) said that there needs to be a renewed focus on the human orientation and ends of economic policy and growth, after decades of changes in both national and global market conditions.
“The economy should be at the service of the common good,” Rubio said. “It should work for us, not people for the economy.”
On Nov. 5, Rubio gave a speech titled “Catholic Social Doctrine and the Dignity of Work” at the Busch School of Business at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.Read More
The IMPACT of Lay Disciples: CMN MOMENTUM Event
Scott Hahn at CMN MOMENTUM 2019 Impact Breakfast Sponsored by Solidarity Healthshare
In this CMN MOMENTUM Moment Video, world-class speaker and humble "lay apostle," Scott Hahn, shares a moment of appreciation for all the people who devote their lives to the service to God.Read More
Entrepreneurship and Vocation
Excerpted from Seminarian Casual: An interview with Andreas Widmer, Entrepreneurship Professor: Catholic University of America
Interviewer: Many in our parishes serve the local and global communities as businesspeople. You articulate an intimate connection between the vocation of business life and our baptismal call to holiness, the way in which work fulfills us as human beings. How does one begin to integrate the faith with his business life, connecting career and mission?
AW: In terms of business as a vocation, what I’d like businesspeople to realize is that when we work, we don’t just make more, we become more – more fully human. When we work, we turn thoughts into physical realities. That is something spiritual; it’s a participation in God’s creative power. This creative participation, together with discipline, patience, exercise of skill, and learning to cooperate with others: all these things make us grow. This growth in virtue and perfection makes us more like God. It’s a path to holiness. That is why we can say business is a vocation.Read More
The Marriage of Web Development & Graphic Design: the Balance of Form and Function
CMN Marketing and Technology Solutions from CMN member Mike Childress of Childress Media & Design
Web development and graphic design are irrevocably married to each other with a natural tension that balances the need for both beauty and functionality. They represent two distinct needs requiring two distinctly different skill-sets. Their success together depends upon user functions working hand-in-hand with appealing designs to create an end product that best serves both the business and the brand. Here are three quick tips to help you strengthen the relationship between web development and graphic design in the online user experiences for your organization: simplicity, consistency and versatility.
KEEPING IT SIMPLEIt may be an overused phrase, but it still holds true. The simpler, the better. People don’t want to have to decipher what you mean, and they don’t want to have to hunt for what should be easily accessible. They want to know what you have to offer and why it’s better than joe schmo, down the street. The goal is to establish a brand experience that is simple, functional and communicates your purpose to your customers consistently across digital and print media. Regardless of whether you are just starting out, or fine-tuning, reflect on your own shopping habits and identify your pain points. Take a look at your competitors. What do they do better than you? Where do you excel? Be honest with yourself and identify areas of improvement and continue to evolve.Read More