The Catholic Briefcase: Tools for Integrating Faith and Work

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The Catholic Briefcase helps Catholics integrate their faith with their jobs through practical tips, relevant examples, and the inspirational stories of others who have successfully learned how to bring their Catholic identity with them to work.
This book provides tips and ideas for finding time for prayer and reflection throughout the day and explores ways to make business decisions through the filter of Catholic teaching. Being a "light for Christ" is ultimately the best way ...
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Overview

The Catholic Briefcase helps Catholics integrate their faith with their jobs through practical tips, relevant examples, and the inspirational stories of others who have successfully learned how to bring their Catholic identity with them to work.
This book provides tips and ideas for finding time for prayer and reflection throughout the day and explores ways to make business decisions through the filter of Catholic teaching. Being a "light for Christ" is ultimately the best way to share your faith with others as they will be drawn to you by your good example and joy.
The Catholic Briefcase helps the reader evaluate where they have been in their business life and where being a "light for Christ" can take them. The practical nature of the content gives the reader a roadmap to a deeper faith in an area the workplace they have likely ignored in the past.
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Catholic Business Network
The Catholic Briefcase is vintage Randy Hain. Easy to read, orthodox in content with specificity for application. A pragmatic blend of Church teaching and documented examples reinforce not only an important message for our times, but the specific cases give added believability and hope for Catholic's in their own "marketplace ministry". I highly recommend it.
— Dan Spencer, III, Co-Founder Catholic Business Network, Executive Director National Fellowship for
Catholic Business Network - Dan Spencer
The Catholic Briefcase is vintage Randy Hain. Easy to read, orthodox in content with specificity for application. A pragmatic blend of Church teaching and documented examples reinforce not only an important message for our times, but the specific cases give added believability and hope for Catholic's in their own "marketplace ministry". I highly recommend it.
Founder of Dynamic Catholic.com - Matthew Kelly
Practical and powerful! Wherever you are in your spiritual journey, I think you will benefit tremendously from reading this book.
FallibleBlogma.com and CEO of flockNote - Matthew Warner
Many people feel that they have to put down their faith when they pick up their briefcase. But The Catholic Briefcase teaches us how to carry both. With practical tips on how to integrate our Catholicism with our careers, we learn how our faith can make us better businesspeople--and how our jobs can make us saints.
Syndicated Catholic Talk Show Host - Teresa Tomeo
Faith-filled practicing Catholics will be affirmed, renewed, and uplifted as they do their best to apply Catholic principles at the office. Those beginning their journey will receive sound advice and will come away with a clear understanding of the true harmony that exists between faith and work.
Founder and Editor, CatholicMom.com - Lisa M. Hendey
Whether your workplace is the courtroom or the kitchen, Wall Street or the corner market, The Catholic Briefcase belongs on your reading list Randy Hain offers real world scenarios and shines light on scores of Catholics who strive to balance saintliness and productivity. With measurable suggestions, reflection and discussion prompts, and written in a motivational tone, The Catholic Briefcase will inspire you all seven days of the week to more fully live out your vocation with joy and passion.
President of Belmont Abbey College - Dr Bill Thierfelder
Do you want to be a better spouse, a better provider, a person filled with joy and gratitude? Then open up The Catholic Briefcase by Randy Hain to learn about the secrets for living a life that successfully balances and integrates both faith and work. Stop imagining the perfect job and start living it!
Group Vice President at Manheim Digital - Joe George
Randy has prescribed an excellent roadmap for Catholic leadership. Written in straightforward style he leads you on an exploration of faith and work. This is a book that will help Catholic business professionals recalibrate their compass.
Business Development Executive, Systems Alliance, Inc. - Anthony Lynch
The recommendations in this book are absolutely achievable It is a very practical guide to fusing faith and work.
President and Founder, CatholicsComeHome.org - Tom Peterson
Randy gives clear and concise insights into integrating faith and work, so each will blossom more fully. Each chapter features tools, reflections and recommendations that are easy to understand and apply. I recommend this book to all Catholics interested in using their God given gifts and specific talents to their fullest potential to glorify God and serve others.
Producer, The Son Rise Morning Show on EWTN Radio - Matt Swaim
The strength of The Catholic Briefcase is in its practicality. Randy not only lays out guiding principles for integrating faith and work; he also does an excellent job of exploring tangible ways to live those principles in the daily grind Buy it, read it, give it to a coworker, and buy it again!
Executive Director, Aquinas Center of Theology at Emory University - Phillip M. Thompson
The Catholic Briefcase offers every Catholic helpful insights in navigating the complex and sometimes difficult challenges to integrating our work and faith lives.
Senior Vice President and Chief People Officer Haverty's Furniture Company - Alan J. DeNiro
While some Catholic professionals might struggle with the integration of their faith and their work, my bet is that many more of us just don't think about it at all. Randy has given us good reasons to not only reflect on how we see ourselves in the business community, he has assembled the tools to take our first steps as well!
Senior Executive at a major manufacturing company - Kimberly Samon
The Catholic Briefcase:Tools for Integrating Faith and Work is a must read for anyone struggling with how to balance our "work" with our "life's work."
Director of the Envoy Institute of Belmont Abbey College - Patrick Madrid
In The Catholic Briefcase, Hain deftly explains how you can integrate the whole of your life--your love for God, your Faith, family, growth in virtue, business conduct, friendships, financial decisions, leisure activities, etc.--into a mature, integral, and well-ordered continuum
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764820526
  • Publisher: Liguori Publications
  • Publication date: 11/23/2011
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 810,663
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Randy Hain is the managing partner of Bell Oaks Executive Search and the cofounder of Integrated Catholic Life eMagazine. Randy is also a cofounder of the Annual Atlanta Catholic Business Conference and leads the St. Peter Chanel Business Association (Faith at Work) Ministry. Randy is a prolific writer and frequent presenter on a number of topics including faith, family, integration, leadership, and human capital. A convert to the Catholic faith in 2006, Randy and his wife have been married for 17 years and have two sons.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xiii

Foreword xv

Introduction: Why Do We Leave Our Faith at the Door? xvii

Chapter 1 Integrating Catholicism with Our Work 1

Chapter 2 Finding Strength in Surrender 9

Chapter 3 Time to Think 19

Chapter 4 Making Time for Prayer 27

Chapter 5 What's LOVE Got to Do With It? 39

Chapter 6 Being Good Stewards 47

Chapter 7 Leading by Example 55

Chapter 8 Better Decision-Making 67

Chapter 9 The Unconnected Catholic 77

Chapter 10 Signs of Our Faith 85

Chapter 11 It's You Job, Not Your Vocation 93

Chapter 12 Start With the End in Mind 103

Conclution: A Call to Action 111

Appendix 1 Helpful Resources 113

Appendix 2 Daily Examen for Busy Business People 117

Appendix 3 Job Seekers Should Expect More from Us 119

Appendix 4 Road Map for Building a Catholic Business Group 125

Appendix 5 1 fall to My Knees 133

Endnotes 137

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