Family Matters: Faith@Work Life: Do we ever stop to consider how many times a day our thinking and actions about our Catholic faith are influenced by a misguided concern for what others think of us?by Randy Hain, Register Correspondent
Saturday, Jun 22, 2013 8:00 AM
How many times have we missed opportunities to stand up for Christ or share our faith? Is it the conversation we avoid with a troubled co-worker? Is it our refusal to publicly make the Sign of the Cross and say a blessing over our meals? Is it our reluctance to stand up to someone who is attacking the Church?
Too often, a misplaced concern for the possible negative opinions of those around us keeps us from embracing our responsibilities.
However, it is crystal clear that Jesus expects us to openly share our faith and acknowledge him before others: "Everyone who acknowledges me before others I will acknowledge before my heavenly Father. But whoever denies me before others I will deny before my heavenly Father" (Matthew 10:32-33).
From Jesus, we learn that being a courageous and faithful Catholic in the workplace and the public square is not something to be ashamed of or to hide. But it is not an uncommon trait to see. Chances are, we have struggled with worrying about what others think of us. It is a natural human tendency that affects me and everyone I know. We all want to be liked, respected and included.
But, here’s the catch:.....
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Randy Hain writes from Atlanta and is the author of Along the Way: Lessons for an Authentic Journey of Faith (Liguori). He is the co-founder of The Integrated Catholic Life e-magazine.