Year of Faith Friday – Being Catholic at Work

My sister made this artwork for her kitchen that features the Mother Teresa quote, “Do small things with great love.” They seem like the perfect words to live by at home, and at work.

One of the things I’ve learned from being married is that when one person is crabby, it doesn’t take long for the other to get crabby as well. We’ve had to learn to not take it personally when one of us has had a bad day, but instead do our best to help the other cheer up. And it’s usually the small things my husband does that cheers me up the most… like bringing me home my favorite ice cream.

I think the same is true when it comes to our co-workers—if someone in the office is in a bad mood or blatantly negative, it tends to rub off on people around them. Something I’m continually working on in my career is treating co-workers as I would like to be treated. So I try to be very aware of my attitude, my phrasing, and even how I respond to people in e-mails. And when you stay positive, how can you not love your job?

Just like at home, it’s easy to get crabby or brought down by negative people at work, but it’s not worth taking it personally. If we can do small things with great love for our co-workers as well, I think we’d all become more productive workers, and at the end of the day, go home happier.

I recently ordered The Catholic Briefcase: Tools for Integrating Faith and Work. I thought it would be a good choice during the Year of Faith, especially after reading the following review by Matthew Warner:

Many people feel that they have to put down their faith when they pick up their briefcase. But The Catholic Briefcase teaches us how to carry both. With practical tips on how to integrate our Catholicism with our careers, we learn how our faith can make us better businesspeople–and how our jobs can make us saints.

If anyone has other recommendations for Year of Faith reading, please share in the comments!

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Author:Clare Zajicek

Clare Zajicek is a Catholic wife, mom, and Marketing professional working in the Milwaukee area.
  • Cathy A. Dee

    Of course we at OSV recommend Kevin Lowry’s book, ‘Faith at Work.’ He has wonderful advice on how to stay faithful in the workplace. — Cathy @ Our Sunday Vistor

  • bwest2

    Great post. A few years ago while putting away books at the bookstore I worked at I came across a book called “Life @ Work” by John Maxwell. I was ready to file it in the ‘Business’ section/. When I saw that it was classified as ‘Christian’ I was really intrigued and took time to read it. I’m pretty sure it’s out of print, but used copies are available (

    This book opened my eyes to the same thing you and Matthew Warner are speaking of. We shouldn’t try to be different people and put our faith away just because we go into work. Our faith is who we are and we are better because of our faith. In fact, our faith teachings provide answers for every issue and challenge we face at work. It’s the best place to put faith into action, but we often forget that.

    Difficult co-worker? What did Jesus tell Peter when he asked about a brother that is a “problem”?

    Need some inspiration in the middle of the day . . . why not a brief quiet prayer?