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Entries for November 2020

Trying to transcend all the clutter about “shutdowns,” “rights” and “freedom” that threaten to take over public dialogue about how to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic that has claimed almost 1.5 million deaths in the world, Pope Francis said there is one consideration that should take precedence over all others. “The virus reminds us that the best way to take care of ourselves is by learning to care for and protect those who are close to us,” he told participants in a video conference organized by the Pontifical Commission for Latin America and the Vatican’s Academy ...

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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Director, Yeshua Institute I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart; I will declare all your wondrous deeds. I will delight and rejoice in you. Psalm 9:2-3b * * * If you are struggling with the notion of being grateful – really filled with gratitude – on the eve of Thanksgiving 2020, I’ve got a suggestion for you. Think of your brain as a radio tuner. A radio gets a lot of stations. But you can listen to only one at a time. The one you listen to is either the one to which the tuner is already set or one you choose. Our brains are pretty much like radio tuners t...

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By Dr. Dan R. Ebener Fellow, Yeshua Institute EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the seventh in a series of articles by Dan Ebener on leadership in the Catholic Church. They are excerpts from his latest book, Pastoral Leadership: How to Lead in a Catholic Parish. Emotional intelligence has been described by Daniel Goleman as a more accurate predictor of leadership success than technical or cognitive skills. In fact, your emotional quotient (EQ) is a better predictor of success in life and leadership than is your intelligence quotient (IQ). These four areas add up to emotional intelligence: 1. Self-Awareness (Mindf...

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By David Coe Yeshua Institute Facilitator There is a popular TV show where two brothers have been engineering, searching and digging for a lost treasure. Over the last seven years they have spent millions of dollars looking for this treasure – with only limited results. I see the show as a metaphor for life and our search for guidance, truth, direction –most of all, for certainty for ourselves and our loved ones. “I need to know!” Is there a hidden treasure? And if there is, how can it be found? The answer is “No,” there is no hidden treasure. But that’s good news. B...

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By Dan R Ebener Yeshua Fellow Editor’s Note: This is the sixth in a series of articles by Dan Ebener on leadership in the Catholic Church. They are excerpts from his latest book, Pastoral Leadership: How to Lead in a Catholic Parish. Mindfulness is thinking about our thoughts, feelings and behaviors. Mindfulness helps us to capture the moment, be aware of our thoughts and conscious of the activity in our brains. We are reminded to awaken mindfully, walk mindfully, pray mindfully, pause mindfully and wait mindfully. When leading others, mindfulness helps us to listen intently and empathetically to what the...

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Not all bullies are angry thugs reeking of attitude. Some can come across like Will Ferrell as an oversize cheerleader just bursting with enthusiasm. Wait, I thought enthusiasm is a good thing. Often – maybe even usually – it is. But not always, as Kate Nasser notes. She points out eight examples of how enthusiasm can turn into bullying. Fortunately, she also has three great suggestions for leaders who really want to lead like Jesus. In fairness, she doesn’t bring Jesus into the conversation. But given her suggestions, she certainly could. Jesus-like Leaders will want to see what she has to...

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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Director, Yeshua Institute As I write this, I’m quarantined not in my house but in a part of my house. My wife got notice two nights ago that she had been exposed two days earlier to a person who subsequently tested positive for Covid-19. Crazy irony It’s a crazy irony. The person who tested positive to whom she was exposed is her physical therapist. That’s right. Dear wife Jane went to the PT’s facility to get therapy for her ailing shoulder and arm. The two were interacting for an extended period of time so that my wife could regain her health, not lose it. C&r...

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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Director, Yeshua Institute Just before I sat down to work on this issue of The Catholic Leader, I tuned into a webcast designed to help Catholics understand the dynamics of last Tuesday’s Presidential and Congressional election and to consider how we can best respond as Catholics going forward. It was an interesting discussion led by John Carr, Director of the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life at Georgetown University. His panel included four prominent national correspondents with a ton of experience covering the nation’s religious beat. I found the discussi...

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