Help wanted: Surviving the spiritual challenges of unemployment

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Surviving the spiritual challenges of unemployment

 

When Marilyn Jansen thought about re-entering the job market, she was filled with dread. Years ago Jansen, 50, had left her travel-heavy career of selling computer software to hospitals to concentrate on raising her family. Since then she had also started a small gourmet food business, but now she felt the need for a significant change.


Help wanted: Surviving the spiritual challenges of unemployment

By Marcia Froelke Coburn| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Spirituality
Surviving the spiritual challenges of unemployment

 

When Marilyn Jansen thought about re-entering the job market, she was filled with dread. Years ago Jansen, 50, had left her travel-heavy career of selling computer software to hospitals to concentrate on raising her family. Since then she had also started a small gourmet food business, but now she felt the need for a significant change.


Reach out and tweet someone: U.S. Catholic readers on social media

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Article Marriage and Family Parish Life Spirituality
For U.S. Catholic  readers, social media creates an easy way to remain linked in to friends, family, and God.

The secret death of bees: Lessons about respecting creation

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Article Environment Ethic of Life Spirituality
Unlike today’s humans, bees rock at living in harmony with creation.

So what about that yoga practice?

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Article Ecumenical & Interfaith Dialogue Spirituality
Ten ways to determine if a practice is compatible with your Catholic faith.

Just because a spiritual practice comes from outside the Christian tradition doesn’t automatically mean it conflicts with church teaching—nor does it automatically mean the opposite. If you’re not so sure about your son’s meditation practice, your friend’s devotion to reiki, or if you can, in good faith, take that yoga class, your goal should be to wisely discern the answer.  


Thinking about drawing from other religions? Here are some tips to get you started

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Article Ecumenical & Interfaith Dialogue Spirituality

Susan Pudelek spent two decades working in interreligious contexts, including a stint on the staff of the Council for the Parliament of the World’s Religions. In her current work as director of pilgrimage ministry at the Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii in Chicago, she oversees occasional interreligious workshops and events. For those who want to learn about or participate in practices of other religions, she offers these guidelines.

1. The more grounded you are in your own religion, the more you have to offer others.


Spiritual exercises: Can other religious practices strengthen your Catholic core?

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Article Ecumenical & Interfaith Dialogue Spirituality
Catholics searching for ways to experience their faith in both body and soul often look to other religious practices. But do they stretch their faith too thin?

Christine French attends Mass every Sunday, sings in the choir, volunteers with Vacation Bible School, and participates in a Bible study. She’s also a committed yogi who, whenever she’s in her hometown of Omaha, makes a beeline to her favorite yoga studio.


Read: Together on Retreat

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Article Reviews

By James Martin, S.J. (HarperOne, 2013)


What’s God got to do with it? Keeping the faith in times of suffering

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Article Prayer and Sacraments Spirituality
This Jesuit had to confront what he believed about God and suffering when his sister became a quadriplegic. But the letters of comfort were what really threw him for a loop.

At dawn on his birthday, October 24, 1988, Father Richard Leonard’s phone rang. It was his mother, telling him that his sister Tracey had been in a terrible car accident. Her neck broken and her spine crushed, Tracey became a quadriplegic at age 28.


O come let us get ready

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Article Spirituality Marriage and Family Prayer and Sacraments Saints, Feasts, and Seasons
In the pre-Christmas rush, take time for Advent. 

Jamie and Carol and their four children, ages 9 to 15, try to avoid looking at any Christmas decorations before Advent begins. It’s a playful practice with a deeper meaning.

“We love to shop, and our favorite store hangs up their Christmas decorations in September,” Carol says. “We actually turn our heads, hold up our hands to shield our eyes, and say, ‘Don’t look! It’s not even Advent yet.’ ”


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