Category: Money & Finance

What Begging for Money Taught Me About the Richness of Poverty

What Begging for Money Taught Me About the Richness of Poverty

[ 10 ] December 19, AD 2014 |

$30,000. 3 days. We had 3 days to raise $30,000, and I had no idea how we would pull it off. It was my senior year at Franciscan University, and I was blessed to be co-leading a mission to Ecuador that is so near to my heart. Plane tickets were beyond expensive that year, and […]

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The Laity’s Call to Gospel Poverty

The Laity’s Call to Gospel Poverty

[ 1 ] September 17, AD 2014 |

When we think about poverty, we usually think about starving children in the third world, the homeless, or the elderly living on fixed incomes. We may feel badly for these people and occasionally drop a donation for them in the collection basket or hand a beggar a few dollars. Rarely do we seek to help […]

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Five Books for the Catholic Mom’s Soul

Five Books for the Catholic Mom’s Soul

[ 3 ] July 20, AD 2014 |

Living my vocation is hard. So, so hard. However, when I truly invest myself completely in loving and serving these humans that God has given me, the graces flow and joy abounds. Its true, what they say: If mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy. To that end, over the last few years I’ve been seeking […]

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The Dignity of The Wolf of Wall Street

The Dignity of The Wolf of Wall Street

[ 2 ] May 9, AD 2014 |

I enjoyed the movie The Wolf of Wall Street…sort of. Now, before I am put on trial and judged as being a terrible Catholic for such a statement, allow me to explain. Was the movie full of vulgarity and immorality? Absolutely. In fact, I’m having trouble thinking of another mainstream movie where I have seen […]

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Reflections on Generosity

Reflections on Generosity

[ 0 ] December 5, AD 2013 |

The past month has been, for me, a month of humbling lessons in generosity as millions worldwide answered calls to help my fellow-Filipinos who survived Typhoon Haiyan. I learned, for example, that one need not be rich or powerful in order to be generous. Stories abound of such examples as a pre-schooler who donated his […]

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Cardinal Dolan, Can You Please Clarify?

Cardinal Dolan, Can You Please Clarify?

[ 8 ] December 4, AD 2013 |

So I have to admit I’m pretty confused about something one of the leaders of the Church recently said. It seems to be the thing to do lately, so I might as well hop on the bandwagon. I’m not mad about something Pope Francis said, though. I know he’s been in the press a lot […]

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Tyrannical Charity

Tyrannical Charity

[ 1 ] November 6, AD 2013 |

Among the many things that Christ taught His disciples, charity is one of the principles focus groups in office buildings would label as a “core value.” He told us to love one another as we love ourselves, to clothe the naked and feed the hungry. Through a parable, He admonished those of us who ostentatiously […]

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The Poor in Spirit

The Poor in Spirit

[ 11 ] August 5, AD 2013 |

Did anyone else hear a homily yesterday about the dangers of greed and affluent American lifestyles and the need to support the Church and give alms to the poor? With readings like these, no wonder! And of course there is ready correspondence with the words of Pope Francis, from his inaugural homily to his homily […]

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How to Invest…Like a Catholic.

How to Invest…Like a Catholic.

[ 6 ] August 5, AD 2013 |

When Christ was made flesh in this world through the Incarnation that meant that no facet of human existence was to be set apart from God’s redeeming grace. This message is needed now more than ever, particularly in the West, in the area of economics and finance. A Catholic outlook on economics necessarily does not […]

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Catholic and Infertile

Catholic and Infertile

[ 0 ] April 29, AD 2013 |

“The English language lacks the words ‘to mourn an absence.’ For the loss of a parent, grandparent, spouse, child or friend we have all manner of words and phrases, some helpful, some not. Still, we are conditioned to say something, even if it is only ‘I am sorry for your loss.’ But for an absence, […]

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Prayer Joined to Sacrifice

Prayer Joined to Sacrifice

[ 0 ] April 11, AD 2013 |

I wanted to write about prayer because I love to do it. What I really enjoy is when God answers prayer. That would be my favorite part of praying but still, I do immensely enjoy talking to God. I will admit that kneeling is not on my top 10 things to do when praying but […]

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The NFP Generation

The NFP Generation

[ 3 ] December 31, AD 2012 |

I’m 24 years old and two years out of college, which puts me at that age when nearly all my friends are getting married. It seems to me very common that young married couples of the “good Catholic” variety are beginning their marriage with a year or two (or a few) of NFP. Our generation […]

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3 Tips from Proverbs About Finances

3 Tips from Proverbs About Finances

[ 6 ] November 14, AD 2012 |

Many young adults have no strategy when it comes to finances.  In college, meals, utilities, lodging, transportation, school expenses etc,  were often covered by tuition and student loans. However, in the real world, finances often do not work like this.  Lodging, food, gas, internet, cell phone,cable, etc. all cost money that is not all paid […]

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poverty of spirit

poverty of spirit

[ 6 ] November 1, AD 2012 |

A few months ago, I quit the full-time job I’d landed right out of school, married a college senior, moved four states away, and planned to find work. It was taking longer than we expected, so in the meantime, we pinched our pennies: no bottle of wine to celebrate our first home together, no haircuts […]

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Cardinal Dolan Addresses Diocesan Fiscal Managers in Houston

Cardinal Dolan Addresses Diocesan Fiscal Managers in Houston

[ 0 ] September 26, AD 2012 |

Fiscal managers from around the country converged this week on Houston, Texas for the forty-third Diocesan Fiscal Management Conference (DFMC). The event is both a conference and a convention where fiscal managers and other professionals network and learn about the latest resources available for building their ministries. Timothy Cardinal Dolan, President of the USCCB was […]

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3 Business Lessons You Can Learn From…Nuns?

3 Business Lessons You Can Learn From…Nuns?

[ 4 ] September 11, AD 2012 |

Catholic nuns. When you think of them, you may harken back to grade school, or your great aunt Sister Mary, or maybe even Sally Field flying around your TV screen. But consider taking another look at Catholic nuns. They’re not all rulers, dunce chairs, and old women anymore. They’re marketing geniuses. (Crazy about nuns? So […]

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Living poverty

Living poverty

[ 5 ] April 9, AD 2012 |

In the latest installment of USA Today’s On Religion series, veteran journalist Judith Valente writes about Benedictine nuns in Atchison, Kansas. One choice sentence: “Whatever slender thread is holding our planet together, preventing us from blowing each other apart, just might stem from the prayers of these monastic women and others like them across the […]

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Usury and Its Incompatibility with the Faith

Usury and Its Incompatibility with the Faith

[ 3 ] November 22, AD 2011 |

Usury: The lending of money with an interest charge for its use; especially : the lending of money at exorbitant interest rates. (Merriam-Webster) Are you one of the few people who ask if a faithful Catholic-Christian in good conscience may practice usury or engage in usurious practices? Now that question would pass off as something […]

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Moral Economics 101

Moral Economics 101

[ 13 ] October 31, AD 2011 |

According to one admittedly unscientific survey, 37% of Occupy Wall Street protesters believe that capitalism is inherently immoral — presumably because they think it encourages Public Enemy No. 1, greed. Evidence shows that a more free economy (reasonably regulated) can actually alleviate poverty… but it can only do that in a moral society. Fixing the […]

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“Not by Bread Alone…”

“Not by Bread Alone…”

[ 5 ] October 28, AD 2011 |

I want to #occupyyourheart for a few minutes. (Sorry, I couldn’t resist.) We can’t turn around without hearing about the economic woes of the world. Everywhere we look there is a story about market crashes, foreclosures, bailouts, failures, greed, or a general belief that there is a systematic collapse of financial institutions occurring. People have […]

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Building a Distributist and a Catholic Economy through Cooperatives

Building a Distributist and a Catholic Economy through Cooperatives

[ 11 ] October 11, AD 2011 |

I currently live on an island somewhere in the Philippines, in a city called Cebu. Here is where I’m studying to get my marketing degree and possibly in the near future, a degree in economics. I lived here since I was seventeen and I guess I could already call this place home. But that’s not […]

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On Crisis Pregnancy Centers

On Crisis Pregnancy Centers

[ 6 ] October 9, AD 2011 |

When I lived in Chicago, I worked as a counselor at a crisis pregnancy center (CPC) downtown, just across the street from Millennium Park. I volunteered there two days per month for nearly three years, doing both phone and face-to-face counseling. I’m a socially awkward introvert, so at first, the idea of working one on […]

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