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Yes, But Assuming Divorce Isn’t Part of My Career Strategy...

By Peter Mirus (bio - articles - email) | May 03, 2012

Over the course of my career I’ve worked with many clients. I’ve encountered good businesses that ask reasonable things of their employees, but I’ve also seen business models and attitudes that are not compatible with a well-balanced life.

The reality seems to be that many modern business cultures envision a worker who is unencumbered by consistent relationships with a level of associated responsibility, such one might have with a spouse or child.

Take something as relatively benign as the work schedule, which isn’t a perceived direct threat to your Catholic beliefs (in the same sense that engaging in fraudulent business activity would be). However, employers that do not respect the boundaries between professional and personal life can wreak havoc on personal relationships.

Love for my wife and children has caused me to forego working with some businesses unless I have been able to negotiate a level of participation that does not require me to frequently receive phone calls while I’m putting my children to bed (as an example). This is not something that I knew right away in the first years of my marriage, but something I have become more realistic about over the years as I’ve matured.

Divorce is not a part of my career strategy. Neither is being an absent father. In today’s culture, I would like more Catholic workers (particularly young married individuals) to honestly consider this subject.

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  • Posted by: timothy.op - May. 07, 2012 8:50 PM ET USA

    Amen!!! It is likewise a serious problem that the observance of the Lord's Day is becoming less and less evident, even among many Catholics.

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