The Importance of Living Your Faith In the Workplace. (Lookin’ at YOU Sec. Sebelius)

“I see our work as sort of a subset of our vocations—it’s not the essence of our vocations, but it’s part of what we do as our calling.”

Thus says Kevin Lowry, author of Faith at Work: Finding Purpose Beyond the Paycheck, and a graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville.

This is a really good interview, touching on the importance of bringing virtue into the work place, not being preachy about it but living the witness of the Faith daily, and the way our faith ought to affect the decisions we make in our jobs.

Naturally, it also will have an impact upon the sorts of jobs we try to get. Money is, of course, important, but it cannot be the most important question when evaluating potential employment opportunities.

Lowry also took the opportunity to give a great shout-out to the beauty of being Catholic and a healthy understanding of why contraception is bad and the Church’s teaching on sexuality is awesome. He mentioned he’s a convert (a Grateful Convert, to be exact) and that he did, in fact, leave a more lucrative position at a corporation to work for a non-profit when he believed the Lord was truly calling him to do so.

Secretary of HHS Kathleen Sebelius only came up in this interview because the interviewer, Lauren Green, wanted to make the subject topical. She asked Lowry if this meant that if Kathleen Sebelius were following the principles of living one’s faith then the whole HHS mandate brouhaha would not have happened. Lowry’s initial response was that if Sebelius were living her faith she likely would not have gotten the HHS gig in the first place, which is true. But also beside the point because Sebelius was not the one to make such a decision—that was Obama himself. He could have pulled the plug on it at any point, or not even put it forward, but he did not and does not intend to. If it weren’t Sebelius, it would have been whomever Obama put at HHS.

However, this does mean that if Sebelius wanted to live the faith she claims to hold she would have to resign her position at HHS.

Anyhow, check out the interview (Fox News’ embed code doesn’t seem to play nice with this blog technology) and perhaps even buy the book!


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