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‘Invoke the Holy Spirit to Guide Your Choices’| National Catholic Register

Pope Francis meets with French-Catholic entrepreneurs at the Vatican's Clementine Hall on Jan. 7.
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“I invite you to keep your eyes fixed on Jesus Christ through a life of prayer and the giving of your daily work,” said the Holy Father to French Catholic businessmen.

Pope Francis on Friday offered advice to business leaders who want to live the gospel in the workplace, saying, “The church needs your testimony.”

At a meeting in the Vatican with French Catholic businessmen on January 7, the pope said he wanted to share some teachings to help “play your role as leaders according to God’s heart”.

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“I realize how difficult and difficult it is to apply the Gospel in a competitive professional world,” Pope Francis said.

“Nevertheless, I invite you to keep your eyes fixed on Jesus Christ through your prayer and the offering of your daily work. He had experience on the cross of love to the end, to complete his mission to the point of giving his life.”

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The Pope said that Christian businessmen had their own crosses to bear, but encouraged them to bear them with grace and confidence knowing that Jesus “promised to accompany us” to the end of the world” (Matthew 28:20).”

And Francis added: “Do not hesitate to invoke the Holy Spirit to direct your choices.”

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The Pope met entrepreneurs participating in a conference called “The Journey of the Common Good,” which brought 200 people together in Rome for discussions on “how to transform your company to put it at the service of the common good.”

The conference was attended by the Vatican’s Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the papal preacher Cardinal Raniero Cantalamessa, the President of the French Episcopal Conference Archbishop Eric de Molins-Beaufort, along with a number of other French bishops, including Bishop Dominique Rey of Fréjus Toulon.

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Pope Francis identified pairs of concepts that he said seemed tense but could help bring unity to a Christian’s life. One of the examples he gave was “Power and Service”.

“Exercising power as a service requires sharing it. Here too, Jesus is our teacher, when he sends his disciples on a mission that bestows upon them his own authority,” he said.

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“You are called to implement subsidiarity that promotes independence and initiative by all, especially at least. … Thus, the Christian executive is called to consider carefully the place allotted to all persons in his company, including those whose duties may seem to be of secondary importance. Because all of them are important in God’s eyes.”

The Pope also encouraged Christian executives to be close to their employees, “to take care of their lives, and be aware of their difficulties, their sufferings, and their fears, but also their joys, their projects, and their hopes.”

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“The mission of a Christian leader is similar, in many respects, to that of a shepherd, who has Jesus as an example, who knows how to go before the flock to show the way, who knows how to stand in the middle to see what is happening there, and who also knows how to survive, to make sure not lost Anyone to call.”

“I have urged priests and bishops frequently to ‘smell the sheep’, to plunge into the reality of those entrusted to them, to get acquainted with them, to get close to them. I think this advice applies to you also.”

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Last April, Pope Francis recognized the heroic virtue of Reverend Enrique Xu, an Argentine businessman who has cause for sainthood.

Shaw was born in Paris in 1921 and immigrated to Argentina, where he established himself as a businessman of outstanding integrity. He founded the Christian Entrepreneur Association in 1952 and sought to apply Catholic social teachings in the workplace.

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The businessman had nine children, among whom was a child who became a chaplain. He wrote numerous books and articles and created a pension fund and health care plan to provide 3,400 workers with financial support in case of illness, and loans for important life events such as marriage, birth and death.

Pope Francis oversaw the diocesan phase of Shaw’s case when he was archbishop of the Argentine capital.

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Pope Francis told Entrepreneurs: “I find it so beautiful and courageous that in today’s world often characterized by individualism, indifference and even marginalization of the most vulnerable, some entrepreneurs and business leaders are serving everyone and not just special interests or inner circles.”

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