“I invite you to keep your gaze fixed on Jesus Christ through your life of prayer and the dedication of your daily work”, declared the Holy Father to Franco-Catholic entrepreneurs.
Pope Francis gave advice to business leaders who want to live the gospel in the workplace on Friday, where he said “the Church needs your testimony.”
During a meeting at the Vatican with French Catholic entrepreneurs on January 7, the Pope said he wanted to share certain teachings to help you “play your role as leaders after the heart of God.”
“I realize how demanding and difficult it can be to implement the gospel in a competitive professional world,” said Pope Francis.
“Nevertheless, I invite you to keep your gaze fixed on Jesus Christ through your life of prayer and the dedication of your daily work. He had the experience on the cross of loving to the end, of accomplishing his mission to the point of giving his life.
The Pope said Christian business leaders had their own crosses to carry, but encouraged them to endure them with the grace and confidence of knowing that Jesus “promised to accompany us” until the end of the world. ” (Matthew 28:20). “
“Do not hesitate to call on the Holy Spirit to guide your choices,” added Francis.
The Pope met entrepreneurs participating in a conference called “The Path to the Common Good”, which brought together 200 people in Rome for discussions on “how to transform your business to serve the common good”.
Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Pope Cardinal Preacher Raniero Cantalamessa and President of the French Bishops’ Conference Archbishop Eric de Moulins-Beaufort attended the conference, along with a certain number of other French bishops, including Bishop Dominique Rey of Fréjus-Toulon.
Pope Francis described pairs of concepts that he said seemed to be in tension but can help bring unity into the life of a Christian. One example he gave was “authority and service”.
“Exercising authority as a service requires sharing it. Here too, Jesus is our teacher, when he sends his disciples on a mission, endowing them with his own authority, ”he said.
“You are invited to put into practice the subsidiarity which values the autonomy and the capacity for initiative of all, especially the smallest. … Thus, the Christian executive is called to carefully consider the place attributed to all those in his company, including those whose duties may seem of minor importance, for each is important in the sight of God.
The Pope also encouraged Christian executives to be close to their employees, “to take an interest in their life, to become aware of their difficulties, sufferings, anxieties, but also of their joys, projects, hopes”.
“The mission of the Christian leader resembles, in many ways, that of the shepherd, of whom Jesus is the model, and who knows how to go before the flock to show the way, knows how to stand in the middle to see what is happening there. down, and also knows how to stay back, to make sure no one loses contact, ”he said.
“I have often exhorted priests and bishops to have ‘the smell of sheep’, to immerse themselves in the reality of those entrusted to them, to know them, to be close to them. I think this advice also applies to you.
Last April, Pope Francis recognized the heroic virtue of Venerable Enrique Shaw, an Argentinian businessman who defends the cause of holiness.
Shaw was born in Paris in 1921 and immigrated to Argentina, where he established himself as a businessman of exceptional integrity. He founded the Christian Association of Business Executives in 1952 and sought to apply Catholic social education to the workplace.
The businessman had nine children, one of whom became a priest. He has written numerous books and articles and established a pension fund and health care plan to provide 3,400 workers with financial assistance 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 cause while he was Archbishop of Argentina’s capital.
Pope Francis told the entrepreneurs: “I find it very beautiful and courageous that in today’s world often marked by individualism, indifference and even the marginalization of the most vulnerable people, some entrepreneurs and leaders of The company have the service of all at heart and not just private interests or intimate circles.