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"Take time to reflect, pray, discern and seek God’s will before making major decisions at work. Draw strength from your faith, knowing that God is with you in all circumstances."

We celebrate the Feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola at the end of the month of July. St. Ignatius of Loyola is best known for founding the Jesuits, writing the "The Spiritual Exercises," promoting discernment and “the Examen” in Ignatian spiritual decision making, and leading extensive missionary efforts. He established schools and universities around the world, emphasizing the importance of combining academic education and spiritual formation. We can foster an ethical, reflective, and purposeful workplace environment through the inspiration of St. Ignatius’ example. May we deepen our faith by integrating the following virtues into our professional lives: 

1. Discernment

Take time to reflect, pray, discern and seek God’s will before making major decisions at work. Consider the impact of your choices on yourself, others, and your organization. Encourage a company culture of intentional reflection and ethical decision-making. Use pros and cons lists to evaluate options, ensuring alignment with ethical values and your company mission. 

2. Humility

St. Ignatius practiced the virtue of humility, recognizing his own limitations and putting trust and reliance on God’s grace. At work, acknowledge your strengths and weaknesses. Be open to feedback and willing to learn from others. Lead by example and put the needs of your customers and your team before your own.

3. Striving for Excellence

St. Ignatius had the desire to serve for the greater good and do all things for the greater glory of God. Strive for excellence in your professional work. Set high standards for yourself and your team, continuously seek improvement and innovation. Approach your work as an opportunity to serve others and positively contribute to society. Encourage your staff to view their work as a form of service glorifying God. Share stories about how your daily work contributes to the greater good.

4. Finding God in All Things

St. Ignatius believed that God could be found in “all things” and in every aspect of life. Cultivate being present, practicing mindfulness, and giving thanks in all of your daily tasks. Recognize the divine presence in your work, your interactions with colleagues, and your professional achievements. Start each task and meetings centering your focus on God. Reflect on your day, asking yourself questions like: “What brought me joy? When did I face challenges? Where did I feel God's presence?”. Finding God in all things helps cultivate gratitude, self-awareness, and continuous improvement. 

5. Perseverance

St. Ignatius demonstrated the virtue of fortitude and perseverance, especially during times of trial and difficulty. When facing challenges at work, remain steadfast and resilient. Draw strength from your faith, knowing that God is with you in all circumstances. Support your colleagues through their difficulties, fostering a supportive and compassionate work environment.

We can bring the virtues of St. Ignatius into our work, creating a workplace that is reflective, purposeful, and oriented towards the greater good and fostering a more ethical and compassionate professional environment.

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