Awardees’ ‘True North’: Jesus

| Archbishop Bernard Hebda | July 26, 2019 | 0 Comments

Out of the many Archdiocesan events I participate in each year, the Leading with Faith awards celebration is always one of my favorites, as it honors courageous and humble women and men, most of whom would much rather stay anonymous than be recognized. I am grateful that these individuals have accepted our invitation to stand up on this occasion and be recognized for living their Catholic faith in the workplace so that others might be inspired to do the same.

The Leading with Faith logo/artwork features a compass pointing north toward faith and justice. In reflecting on the award, and reading about those who are being honored this year, it seems to me that they share in common the discovery of their “True North” — that which guides them in their business decisions as well as their personal lives. As Catholics we know that Jesus is our “True North.” As long as we have our gaze fixed upon him, we can be certain that we are headed in the right direction, which is always to love him and serve him here on earth, so we may one day be happy with him in heaven.

Each year I am impressed by how our recipients quietly and steadily make a difference in people’s lives and how they daily live out Jesus’ call to “serve and not to be served.” Our brothers and sisters feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked, give shelter to the homeless, visit the sick and prisoners, give alms to the poor and bury the dead. They lead as Jesus leads. You will read about restaurant owners who always made sure people had something to eat — regardless of their ability to pay; doctors who use their gifts and skills free of charge to heal and help others; bankers who treat customers and employees like family; a corporate executive who is a prayer warrior and mentor in the workplace; and an attorney who focuses first on his clients getting to heaven.

I hope this year’s Leading with Faith award recipients inspire you as much as they inspire me. No matter our vocation, they have much to teach us. Please join me in congratulating them and thanking them for their commitment to Christ and his Church. If you know someone who leads with faith, please consider nominating him or her for next year’s awards.

Eight honored for Leading with Faith

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