Home | About Us | Subscriptions | Advertising | El Centinela
Catholic Sentinel | Portland, OR Wednesday, May 4, 2016
CYO Football 2015 2015 Priest Reassignments, Archdiocese of Portland Cardinal Francis George dies Mothering with faith Sisters of the Holy Names, 2015 Live Nativity at St. John the Baptist 2014 Fall CYO results Catholic Charities Donor Lunch 2014 Year of Consecrated Life opening Mass Holy Spirit Sisters Jubilee 2014 Seaside youth conference Mount Angel 125th Northwest Hub Furlow at papal Mass 2014 Rosary Bowl NW Brother André 2014 Fall 40 Days for Life 2014 Inauguration of Fr. Mark Poorman Coffee shop at abbey First day of school, 2014 Regis High School 50th anniversary 2014 Crooked Finger Pilgrimage Mass with migrant farm workers Maronite Ordination Consecration to "Immaculate Heart of Our Lady of Fatima" CYO track Southern Oregon Evangelization 2014 Priest Ordination Christ the King youth 2014 priest reassignments Our Lady of Lavang Confirmation, 2014 Memorial Day 2014 2014 Transitional deacon ordination Padre Foster Granados visits Albany Bishop Smith ordination Canonization of Pope John Paul II, Pope John XXIII Bishop Peter Smith 2014 Easter Vigil 2014 Walk of Cross 2014 Chrism Mass CYO basketball 2014 St. Patrick of the Forest 150th Catholic Charities Celebration of Hope, 2014 Boys2Men Archbishop visits Oregon State Penitentiary 40 Day Vigil for Life, 2014 Pope Francis creates new cardinals St. Henry shelter 2014 CYO swimming Funeral of Fr. George Wolf Travel on a budget Lunar New Year, 2014 Tech in Catholic schools 2014 Right to Life Rally Archbishop visits Santiam Prison First Mass in Oregon Milwaukie Posada St. Francis, Sherwood, Toy Drive Central Catholic football Typhoon Haiyan Deacon Ordination/ Kresbach, Schmitt A Catholic fisherman St. Cecilia Centennial Southern Oregon Welcome Mass Shepherd of the Valley, Central Point, dedication Grotto Anniversary 2013 Champions of Faith Dinner Gardenripe farms Coleman hop farm Corvallis Year of Faith Archbishop Howard at St. Rose Hitchhiking priests Franciscan Spiritual Center Sacred Heart, Medford Migrant Mass Tanzanians' jubilee World Youth Day 2013 2013 Blessing of the Animals 2013 Freedom Mass Albany school closure Fabric art Megan graduates from Catholic school St. Vincent de Paul Hillsboro 2013 Deacon ordination Sister Theresa Lamkin St. Helen Mission, Brownsville Marist Brainiacs St. Mary, Eugene St. Francis eighth graders Ascension confirmation 2013 Pastoral Ministry Conference St. Joseph Salem — Year of Faith Archbishop Sample's Installation Mass 2013 Archbishop Sample Chrism Mass 2013 2013 Young Catholics Pope Francis inauguration Celebration of Hope Vlazny Farewell Mass Archbishop Vlazny Farewell St. Paul Church in St. Paul Valley Catholic Green Building Rite of Election 2013 Water summit 2013 Lunar New Year Alveda King in Eugene New Monsignors, 2013 2013 Right to Life Rally MLK Mass, 2013 St. Henry, Gresham, Centennial Jesuit High drama School uniforms Friar in the mall Holy Trinity food ministry January Book Covers St. Andre Bessette food Year of Faith Mass Nestucca Sanctuary Hillsboro Choirs Father Betschart installation Salem Religious Freedom Rally Year of Faith Vespers, Awards Roy's Catholic School Adelante Mujeres 10th anniversary New Blanchet House Missionaries of Holy Spirit Priest, religious photos Providence Nursing Schools Pioneros Fortnight for Freedom Mark Bentz Deacon Ordination OLL School Walk Through Gaga over science St. Philip Neri Centennial Ordination of Bishop Cary SVDP, Grants Pass Holy Cross School centennial Confirmation - Mount Angel Holy Land Pilgrimage Blanchet Watershed Chrism Mass, 2012 Bishop-designate Cary Pope in Cuba, 2012 SSMO 125th Jubilee Mass Pope Benedict in Mexico 2012 Catholic Charities Celebration 2012 Madeleine Mardi Gras Centennial Rally for Life, 2012 Martin Luther King Jr. Mass 2012 Day Laborers-Guadalupe Guadalupe 2011 Christ the King, Milwaukie, 50th Sesame Doughnuts Central Catholic Volleyball St. Peter Centennial Deacon Ordination, October 2011 St. Agatha Centennial Rosary Bowl 2011 St. Wenceslaus, Scappoose, Centennial Filipino celebration Polish Festival 2011 Holy War Football 2011 World Youth Day 2011 Sun Gold Farm Our Lady of Victory's New Church Freedom Mass 2011 St. Mary Church Steeple Removal Priest reassignments, 2011 Old Catholic Buildings Paige Rice, St. Mary's runner Graduation 2011 Easter vigils 2011 Pastoral Ministry Conference Basketball Holy War 2011 Search for Peace 2011

Mt Angel Towers 8.13

Home : Viewpoints : Editorials
1/30/2014 4:54:00 PM
Taking the faith from the pews to the marketplace
Catholic News Service photo
An Occupy Wall Street demonstrator is arrested by New York City Police in 2011.The writer says what we should really do is support virtuous business owners.
Catholic News Service photo
An Occupy Wall Street demonstrator is arrested by New York City Police in 2011.The writer says what we should really do is support virtuous business owners.
Liz Quirin

I have a friend who retired from the state police. He once told me that if crooks were smart "we'd never catch them." Given that police agencies catch quite a few, I have to wonder how many they miss.

One convicted criminal, Bernard Madoff, reportedly said he could have been caught in his famous Ponzi scheme of fraudulent investments years before his December 2008 arrest, but incompetence and disbelief kept him going. Nobody wanted to believe a powerful and successful financier was doing anything illegal, especially if his clients were making lots of money.

Remember what your parents told you? "If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is." So many people didn't remember or heed that bit of parental wisdom until the whole operation fell apart. Madoff was convicted and sentenced in June 2009 to serve 150 years in prison.

When we try to take in the depth and breadth of the corruption, any of the individual scams and schemes we hear about pale in comparison. However, they're not laughable, because people continue to believe them and respond to them. Some of the most common include roofers and other construction "offers" that entice people to pay before the service is completely finished.

Internet access offers global opportunities for illegal or unethical practices. The "snake oil" salesmen and women have evolved into tech-smart entrepreneurs who are ready and willing to take advantage of anyone willing to buy into their story.

However, many upstanding and ethical people with sound moral compasses are working in our communities, running businesses that offer products and services to all of us in a variety of ways. They don't cut corners or use shoddy materials in their businesses. Many of them take their faith into the marketplace, using it as a guide in their practices and their dealings with others.

In 2008, the same year Madoff was arrested, I met a man who owns a pipefitting company in St. Louis. When the economy slowed and almost stopped during the economic downturn, he didn't lay off his employees. He found work for them so they could continue to receive a paycheck.

He fits the description of the honest businessman who runs his company with integrity and respect for his workers. He's just one of the many people whom we meet in our local communities that we count on to care for us, our children and our elderly -- those most precious and vulnerable people.

We read, we hear and we see people taking advantage of others every day. With all of the negative press, it's sometimes hard not to become discouraged and cynical about the way the world is working, often against what we believe to be good and true.

Seldom do we see businesspeople receive accolades and honors for reaching out, leading with their faith and letting themselves be guided by their values and their principles. But they're in our communities, they sit in the pews and listen to the same Gospel messages we do. Then they take those ideas and lessons Jesus taught us and apply them in their business dealings.

We know these people: They own the local pizza parlor and hire our teenagers to work for them. They fight for those who need a champion in the courtroom even if we can't pay them a king's ransom to defend us. They provide childcare for our children, teaching them in little ways about God, about prayer, about being the best "little" person he or she can be. They manage the restaurant where we take our families and trust that the food will be fresh and safe and the price will not send us into shock when we pay the bill.

The best people, those who own and operate the businesses that we know and trust, need our support and our prayers to continue to take their faith out of the pews and into the boardrooms, the courtrooms, the lunch rooms -- the marketplace -- to live the Gospel values each and every day.

The writer is editor of The Messenger, newspaper of the Diocese of Belleville, Ill.  

Article Comment Submissions
Submit your comments, please. 
Comments are reviewed before being posted to the site. Comments must use respectful language and address the story. Comments are not posted immediately to the site. The site editor may edit content for appropriateness. There may be a delay of 24-48 hours. Comments may also be considered to appear as letters in our print edition, unless the writer specifices no.
Note: All information on this form is required. Your telephone number is for our use only, and will not be attached to your comment.
Submit an Article Comment
First Name:
Last Name:
Anti-SPAM Passcode Click here to see a new mix of characters.
This is an anti-SPAM device. It is not case sensitive.

Advanced Search

Mary Jo Tully ~ The Path to Resurrection

News | Viewpoints | Faith & Spirituality | Parish and School Life | Entertainment | Obituaries | Find Churches and Schools | About Us | Subscriptions | Advertising
E-Newsletter | RSS Feeds

© 2016 Catholic Sentinel, a service of Oregon Catholic Press

Software © 1998-2016 1up! Software, All Rights Reserved