June 27, 2017
Presentation on Creation Draws Large Crowd
Bison Catholic held an event on Wednesday that gathered so many students that the event was moved into the Memorial Union Plains Room to hold them all.
Originally slated for the smaller Prairie Room, Friar Robert Spitzer’s “Creation’s Case for God” presentation drew an audience of mixed beliefs and interests.
“Every oscillating universe...every single, solitary one of them has a beginning,” Spitzer said.Read More �
Peer to Promotion
I used to go out to lunch with a co-worker, but I’ve been promoted to manager and my boss has made it clear that he does not consider socializing “between the ranks” to be appropriate. How do I handle this with my co-worker?
You’ve been promoted to manager because you’ve demonstrated good judgment. In our Catholic tradition, the habit of good judgment is called the virtue of prudence – the perfected ability of right decision-making. Prudence is THE master virtue which helps us to be fair, courageous, and self disciplined. Prudence is smart, purposeful, and practical.Read More �
An Amazing Creation: When Science and Faith Meet
Jesuit Father Robert Spitzer – a philosopher, accountant, former university president and leadership consultant – always has had a fascination with the intersection of faith and reason.
He’s smart enough to have debated physicist Stephen Hawking, an avowed atheist, on national television over the scientific underpinnings of the beginning of the universe and the theological arguments for the existence of God.Read More �
Bah Humbug! Holiday Party Curve Ball
From Desire to Decision
When we speak about Level Four happiness we are referring to our powers of self-transcendence. This transcendence is awareness of and desire for fulfillment in unconditional and perfect Truth, Love, Goodness/Justice, Beauty, and Harmony/Peace. But this desire does not, in and of itself, constitute faith in God or a relationship with Him. However, it does form the interior basis for such a relationship.
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Chatty Cathy Co-Worker
What is Love?
My Husband is in the Army
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My Favorite Prayer
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Prayers for Forgiveness
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I give up, Lord. You take care of it.
I am being 'guilt-tripped' into giving up my sick time
Q. One of my co-workers is ill and will be off for a while. We have been told we can donate sick time to her. It’s not that I am unfeeling, but I’m afraid that if I donate, I won’t have enough time if I become ill myself. We’re getting a lot of pressure – am I obligated to do this?
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The Smartest Person on Earth
My friend lied on his resume I don’t want to recommend him for a job
Q. A friend gave me his resume to pass along to my boss, and it’s overinflated. in fact, there are downright falsehoods on it. He’s already sent this out to other employers. Should I confront him?
A. You probably won’t confront him, because you haven’t already. I’m guessing it’s for one or more of three reasons:
1. He’s not that good a friend.
2. The falsehoods aren’t that big.
3. You’re thinking 'confrontation.'
Friendship The best form of friendship helps each person become better. These types are marked by mutual love and honesty. Make up your mind. What kind of friendship do you really want?
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The Four Levels of Happiness:
A Perfect Response to a Perfect Call
My Search for Happiness
Archdiocese of New Orleans Embarks on a Journey to Excellence
It’s observable and duly noted: “The chancery staff of the Archdiocese of New Orleans is a happy group.” So commented Jim Berlucchi, after delivering a Four Levels of Happiness day-long seminar to 140 staff members on February 17. The in-service day was the first step in the Spitzer Center's Journey to Excellence program, with a second day to be held in the fall. Read More �
Will an Office Crush Ruin My Life?
Q. I have developed a completely inappropriate crush on my new boss. He’s married, so I know he’s off limits. How do I deal with my feelings without causing problems at my job? A. Feelings of attraction are commonplace and we all sometimes experience unruly desires. Sometimes the best way to conquer an inappropriate desire is to ask yourself – What it would be like if it were fulfilled? Read More �
The Really Unusual Thing About Tim Tebow
It would be quite a stretch to suggest that God is a Denver Broncos fan, but it’s not far-fetched to imagine that He takes pleasure in Tim Tebow. God honors those who honor him, which Tebow does unabashedly. Perhaps He repays that honor by answering Tebow’s gridiron prayers, and perhaps He doesn’t. I would guess that God has higher concerns than the outcome of sporting events. Despite his highly competitive nature, the same can be said of Tebow. Read More �
All Creation Rejoices: A Christmas Memory from Fr. Spitzer
In Five Pillars of the Spiritual Life, Fr. Robert Spitzer discusses the faith journey that led him to the priesthood. One memorable moment in that journey came on a Christmas Day when he was just 12 years old. Here’s the story as Fr. Spitzer relates it. Read More �
Penn State Scandal Reflects a Flaw Found in Many Organizations
Entering the gym last week, I was greeted by Ryan, the normally cheerful manager and head trainer. Ryan is a former college football player who volunteers as a high school coach. His chipper manner and optimism always pick me up, but on this day, I could see he wasn’t himself. “What a sad, sad story,” he murmured, with a nod toward a TV reporting the Penn State scandal. “And it’s only getting worse,” he added. Read More �
Fr. Spitzer's Three Steps to Accepting God’s Forgiveness
As Director of my parish’s RCIA program, it was my job to oversee the intellectual and spiritual formation of adults seeking to enter the Catholic Church. One year, I had a very interesting person come through the program, an elderly gentleman I’ll call “Douglas.” Douglas had been flirting with the idea of converting his entire life, but he told me that he had put it off because he had a lot of “unresolved issues” with Catholicism. Read More �
The Cure for Superficial Faith
Fr. Spitzer writes, "It’s impossible to know God and to love God if you’re not really sure He exists. This radical uncertainty is a problem for many Catholics, and our culture often makes the problem worse by belittling faith as unscientific. The result can be a faith so weakened by doubt it becomes “Pascalian” – a mere wager that God is real, as opposed to a deep conviction that He is at work in our lives. So how does one get beyond superficial faith to build a real relationship with God? I think that there are three blocks that have to be removed to make way for spiritual growth." Read More �
The Four Levels and Steve Jobs
The Four Levels of Happiness® provides a great lens for looking closer at people and news. For example, it can help to explain why the passing of Steve Jobs had such an impact on so many people around the world. Jobs was the preeminent icon of the digital revolution, and he has been likened to inventive and entrepreneurial geniuses like Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and Walt Disney. But I would suggest that his impact and success came down to happiness. That was Jobs’ real product, and he delivered quite a lot of it. Read More �