Catholic Economy & Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Catholic Economy & Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Peace of Christ,

From the 8th to 19th Century, the Catholic Church had a privilege to govern their own people in the big peninsula of Italy called Papal State. One of the notable artworks created during the era was a well-known St. Peter Basilica. The Papal State was later shrunk into the small Vatican Hill after the Lateran Treaty of 1929.

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One of the large but forgotten impacts was the loss of economic wing in the Catholic Church that results in a new emphasis on pastoral work. Sadly, most countries do not believe in the universal pastoral authority of the Pope like in the old days. This situation has also contributed to the dated fashion of the Catholic World in global innovation, in particular, in technology.

Believe it or not, there are thousands or even million Catholics in the world, who do not know how to apply their professional talents directly for the benefit of the Church, the Body of Christ, as opposed to merely donating or consecrating a job for the Lord in as an intention, not that it is less valuable though. In the last few decades, Computer Engineers did not know how to help the Church for many in Church opposed technology while the only way contributing to the Church is via Catholic communities, parishes, and diocesan hierarchy. Like a Mother, the Church can and should welcome all talents & allow them to participate in New Evangelization in a more tangible way. It is in the act of real missionary, a soul finds their true functional meaning in the Church.

Let’s forget about technology. The world is moving toward entrepreneurship and the Church do not yet have a good support system and space for Entrepreneurs. This will cause the next generation to feel alienated, unwanted, and longing to find meaning in other social communities. The Church needs an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem that can set an example for the world economy to witness how Jesus can reign in the life of workers. Let us remember the word of our holy father, St. Francis of Assisi: Preach the gospel all the time, but use words when necessary.

What is an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem?

To make it short. It is ANYTHING that helps Entrepreneurs achieve their goals. It usually contains incubators, tons of networking, initiatives, discussions and various events among various parties involved.

An entrepreneurial ecosystem or entrepreneurship ecosystem is the social and economic environment affecting the local or regional entrepreneurship. Businesses located within places serving as incubators for creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship have a greater chance of success. 

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Some good and well-known examples are Silicon Valley, Hollywood, Manhattan, and Tokyo. According to World Economic Forum, there are 8 pillars of Entrepreneurial Ecosystem:

  • Accessible Markets
  • Human Capital Workforce
  • Funding & Finance
  • Mentor & Advisor Support System
  • Regulatory Framework & Infrastructure
  • Education & Training
  • Major Universities as Catalysts
  • Cultural Support

Although an entrepreneurial ecosystem might sound like a city that naturally develops, there are many intentional or fabricated one. For an example: a new High-Tech area in Toronto intentionally created by the government to focus on tech startups. Another interesting fact: although it sounds like part of a governmental job to maintain an entrepreneurial ecosystem, most ecosystems are taken care by private sectors, individuals called an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Builder.

How could this be a Catholic thing?

Let’s recall the goal of an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem; It should be to help entrepreneurship strive. There are conditions that transform an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem to be a Catholic one.

  1. It just happens to be in a Catholic Location. Ex. Philippines, Italy, Poland, Brazil, Vatican.
  2. It is an intended or fabricated ecosystem with or without a particular location. The goal is to help the Catholic Church in certain areas to create entrepreneurship easier, like:
    1. Missionary area that needs an economy.
    2. An area with tons of Catholic Businesses.
    3. International ecosystem to support global Catholic movement.
    4. Group of people who’d like to create an ethical business environment.

Note: Catholic Business Network, Entrepreneurship Movement like Economy of Communion, Lay Communities, Dioceses, Religious Orders of Networked individuals, and any good relationship with Christian/Secular organizations may contribute to the ecosystem as well.

Catholicer Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

In Catholicer, we help Catholic Professionals build spiritual-impact companies (a spiritual enterprise we call Faith Corporation). To achieve this, a global ecosystem that focuses on both Business & Spirituality is required. We work closely with Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) & a few Venture Capitals to help our entrepreneurs easily build a company on top of a sanctified ecosystem.

In all ecosystems, an incubator plays a very important role, for it is the place with the strongest ecosystem presence. Catholicer also runs Catholicer Space as its incubator. It is meant to bridge Spirituality & Professionality for our Faith Corporation applicant to move forward easily.

A few key efforts that Catholicer builds in its ecosystem are meant to form Faith Corporations:

  • Redefining Corporate Working Hours to include spiritual formation, volunteering hours, social & family time.
  • Redefining Venture Capital to focus on Patience Capital.
  • Redefining Corporate world as a respectful land of Christian Freedom.
  • Redefining relationship between companies to be more like a family that helps each other financially.
  • Allowing a company to adopt Catholic Identity with the guidance of Religious orders and local dioceses.
  • Inviting priests and religious communities to enter the frontline of business without crossing the line of poverty (vow).
  • Focusing on a holistic approach of Spirituality, that contains not only ethics, but also evangelization, mysticism, communion, and charity.
  • Redefining Business as a mean of vocation & evangelization, not to make one rich or successful.
  • Redefining the call of business leaders as a discerner, rather than a leader.
  • Focusing on Christian Economy first, but to serve everyone in goodwill afterward.
  • Applying Spiritual Centered Design to all existing structures and cultures.

May God bless you. Please pray for us.

www.catholicer.com

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Pastoral Needs for Work in the Catholic Church

Pastoral Needs for Work in the Catholic Church

Peace of Christ

The world economy & technology are rapidly changing. McKinsey forecasted there be 75-375 million job shifts by 2030 due to automation and globalization. One of the charity works we have seen in the world is to accompany and assist a person find or create jobs, regardless of how wealthy they are, for human nature of each individual remains the same. The Church needs to provide different forms of pastoral approach (New Evangelization) for a different subset of economic situations.

This article is a call to serve the Lord & to share knowledge only.

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Helping Poor Community

“Where do you see this in the Church?”, one may ask. The work of religious orders and work of mercy are bigger than merely foods, sanitary, hospital, psychology, teaching, jail ministry, or prayers. The Bishop Conference in Indonesia sends a team to help villagers build businesses. The Catholic Relief Services in Florida helps immigrants from Mexico build truck companies.

Social-impact companies like BCorporation focus on using the power of business to address social & environmental issues. This kind of social enterprises may obtain the power to alleviate the poverty in an entire city. Look at Uber & other Economy of Sharing solutions for example, how many people have become more financially stable worldwide thanks to these innovations. We as a Church need to participate in this awesome charity work more deeply and not to let it be done only by others. There might be a pastoral need for young Catholic Entrepreneurs to mitigate the avoidance in engaging a poor/uneducated/dangerous area of the society as their early customer as an act of missionary.

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Helping Professional Communities

There is a worldwide hallucination that claims the middle & high-income professionals do not really need help. While it is true that they can buy what they want, what is often overlooked is how many of them feel threatened, lose their jobs, are tempted to power, envy, feel unwanted or foreign, or feel helpless. It is not uncommon to hear that a Catholic Professional could only find someone to talk to amid their suffering from the non-Catholic community.

With the massive job shifts, the current education model in most countries may fail to assist the future generation from maintaining their job. There have been rises of new positions in the last decades like Emotional Intelligence Engineer, Growth Manager, Data Scientist, and others. These rises of these new positions will create new demands in the post-college society to unlearn and relearn new skills. In the Church, we need to step up and help our neighbors learn new skills in a nonconventional way while at the same time alter the education system to ensure the next generation is more agile and flexible to move from one profession to another. Even more important, to be available when they need help.

In a few decades, there will be millions who shift their jobs to entrepreneurship for survivals, especially when the need for inventing technology is declining and more innovative applications are sought. These generations of future entrepreneurs need to learn many basic skills and mindsets that most Catholic schools worldwide have not taken into account yet.

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Helping Devoted Catholic Professionals.

Devoted Catholics worldwide whom we talked to, have increasingly shown a similar concern. In the locations where Faith & Social life are separated (mostly in non-Catholic countries), Christian society tends to fall into the trap of either exhausting spiritual activities outside of work or minimizing spiritual activities. It seems like the gravity came due to lack of examples and huge demands from both sides.

In Catholicer we are building an association of new form of Spiritual-Impact Business called the Faith Corporation. This new business type removes the wall between faith and work. So one can truly serve, pray, work, minister God & His Church during working hours.

The responses in Asia & Nothern America so far have been very great, 3 dioceses and many lay individuals in different countries are open to adopting this model. The major positive feedbacks have been about allowing companies to perform spirituality more than mandated by the Church, the ability to enter a lay community inside a corporate setting so they can focus on family after work, the financial benefits that Catholic communities & poor communities will gain where the Faith Corporation operates due to a high commitment of Corporate Social Responsibilities.

May God bless the Church and your family on this Christmas day!

Multilingual Prayer Rope App – Beads v.2.1

For some of you who haven’t heard about Catholicer. Catholicer is a Californian non profit organization to connect and equip the Catholic faithful throughout the world. We produced a few services & applications, such as Faithbook, Liturgia and a digital prayer “BEADS“. Catholicer also provides tech consultations, website buildings, laser scaning for any legitimate catholic entities approved by the Church.

Today, Catholicer is happily launching BEADS v.2.1 on the AppStore. Catholics can now use the complete prayer rope tools in Indonesian (catholicer team will continue to add more languages) and BEADS now allows users to have a more personalized configuration for their prayers. Those Prayer Audio VoiceSets user recorded with their own voices and submitted, if approved, will be available for all beads users to download worldwide.

Catholicer has got nothing but supports and shocked faces from lay Catholics and priests. They all testify Beads is truly the best App to pray the Rosary available on iOS right now, and it is GROWING. The demand for Beads on Android has also been very enormous. We finally got a few volunteers willing to work for the Android version. Thanks to them and glory to Jesus and Mary.

Let’s help SHARE the words to grow a prayerful community around us, and if you are in the US, contact us today to request free Catholicer Beads coasters.

Beads – your #1 digital prayer rope.
https://www.catholicer.com/beads
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by Ignatius Darren Gozali – founder of catholicer

No more re-Baptizing between Catholics and Coptic Orthodox

Coptic Oriental Church members and Catholic Church members are not to be re-baptized when converting from one to another 😇. A joint declaration was made today at St. Mark Cathedral where ISIS attempted to blow, but did not get through the security check.

Coptic Orthodox Church was founded by St. Mark the Evangelist and is part of Oriental Orthodox Christian

Oriental Orthodox contain a few Churches that split from the Catholic Church post 415 AD Council of Chalcedon over the definition of Christology

Catholicer Beads – iOS App

Happy Easter! Christ is risen

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We proudly hand out free prayer-rope iOS app “Catholicer Beads” as a Pascha Gift. It’s designed to help you pray rosaries or other prayers when a prayer rope is not in your possession hand. Check out its interactive features, it makes you feel like you’re using a real prayer rope.

Download Beads from App Store and use it to increase your devotion and prayer life. May our Lady of Fatima bless this app and strengthen any devotion you are in.

Click here to see the app – https://www.catholicer.com/beads

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MESSAGE OF POPE FRANCIS TO BARTHOLOMAIOS I, ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH

Pope sends message to Ecumenical Patriarch on the feast day of St. Andrew, it has been the tradition for many years, in the attempt to reunite the true Church of Jesus Christ. Below is the actual message from Pope Francis to Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomaios I in this year of 2016, published by Libreria Editrice Vaticana

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It gives me great joy, Your Holiness, to renew the tradition of sending a delegation to the solemn celebration of the feast of Saint Andrew the Apostle, patron of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, in order to convey my best wishes to you, my beloved brother in Christ, as well as to the members of the Holy Synod, the clergy and all the faithful gathered in remembrance of Saint Andrew. In this way, I am pleased to respond to your custom of sending a delegation of the Church of Constantinople for the feast of Saints Peter and Paul, patron saints of the Church of Rome.

The exchange of delegations between Rome and Constantinople on the occasion of the respective feast days honouring the brother apostles Peter and Andrew is a visible sign of the profound bonds that already unite us. So too, it is an expression of our yearning for ever deeper communion, until that day when, God willing, we may witness to our love for one another by sharing the same eucharistic table. In this journey towards the restoration of eucharistic communion between us, we are sustained by the intercession not only of our patron saints, but by the array of martyrs from every age, who “despite the tragedy of our divisions… have preserved an attachment to Christ and to the Father so radical and absolute as to lead even to the shedding of blood” (Saint Pope John Paul II, Ut unum sint, 83).

It is for Catholics a source of real encouragement that at the Great and Holy Council held last June in Crete, the strong commitment to re–establishing the unity of Christians was confirmed. Ever faithful to your own tradition, Your Holiness has always remained conscious of existing difficulties to unity and has never tired of supporting initiatives which foster encounter and dialogue. The history of relations between Christians, however, has sadly been marked by conflicts that have left a deep impression on the memory of the faithful. For this reason, some cling to attitudes of the past. We know that only prayer, common good works and dialogue can enable us to overcome division and grow closer to one another.

Thanks to the process of dialogue, over the last decades Catholics and Orthodox have begun to recognize one another as brothers and sisters and to value each other’s gifts, and together have proclaimed the Gospel, served humanity and the cause of peace, promoted the dignity of the human being and the inestimable value of the family, and cared for those most in need, as well as creation, our common home. The theological dialogue undertaken by the Joint International Commission has also made a significant contribution to mutual understanding. The recent document Synodality and Primacy in the First Millennium. Towards a Common Understanding in Service to the Unity of the Church is the fruit of a longstanding and intense study by members of the Joint International Commission, to whom I extend my heartfelt gratitude. Though many questions remain, this shared reflection on the relationship between synodality and primacy in the first millennium can offer a sure foundation for discerning ways in which primacy may be exercised in the Church when all Christians of East and West are finally reconciled.

I recall with great fondness our recent meeting in Assisi with other Christians and representatives of religious traditions gathered to offer a united appeal for peace throughout the world. Our gathering was a joyful opportunity to deepen our friendship, which finds expression in a shared vision regarding the great questions that affect the life of the Church and of all society.

Your Holiness, these are some of my deepest hopes that I have wanted to express in a spirit of genuine fraternity. In assuring you of my daily remembrance in prayer, I renew my best wishes for peace, health and abundant blessings upon you and all those entrusted to your care. With sentiments of brotherly affection and spiritual closeness, I exchange with Your Holiness an embrace of peace in the Lord.

 

source : http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/messages/pont-messages/2016/documents/papa-francesco_20161130_messaggio-bartolomeo-i.html
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Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Our beloved mother Teresa is now officially a proclaimed saint

Let’s thank God and join the whole Church in the celebration the founder of Missionaries of Charity but above all as the great lover of Jesus, in the person of the poor.

To Fr Van Exem, S.J., her confessor, she reported three visions in 1947: 1.

I saw [interiorly] a very big crowd — all kinds of people — very poor and children were there also. They all had their hands lifted towards me — standing in their midst. They called out “Come, come, save us — bring us to Jesus”.

2. Again, that great crowd — I could see great sorrow and suffering in their faces — I was kneeling near Our Lady, who was facing them. I did not see her face but I heard her say “Take care of them — they are mine. Bring them to Jesus — carry Jesus to them. Fear not. Teach them to pray the Rosary — the family Rosary and all will be well. Fear not — Jesus and I will be with you and your children.

3. The same great crowd — they were covered in darkness. Yet I could see them. Our Lord on the Cross. Our Lady at a little distance from the Cross — and myself as a little child in front of her. Her left hand was on my left shoulder — and her right hand was holding my right arm. We were both facing the Cross. Our Lord said — “I have asked you [Teresa, to found the MCs]. They [the crowd] have asked you and she, My Mother, has asked you. Will you refuse to do this for Me — to take care of them, to bring them to Me?

“I thirst”, which can be found in any of the order’s chapels / churches. She heard these words and they resonated in her own heart in how much Jesus thirsts for souls.

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Jesus : “I want Indian nuns, victims of my love, who would be Mary and Martha, who would be so united to me as to radiate my love on souls.”

“I want free nuns covered with the poverty of the Cross. I want obedient nuns covered with the obedience of the Cross. I want full-of-love nuns covered with the charity of the Cross.”

“She was so united with Jesus,” the missionary priest explained, “that she was able to radiate not her love, but Jesus’ love through her, and with a human expression.”

Mother : My own Jesus, what you ask it is beyond me. I can hardly understand half of the things you want. I am unworthy. I am sinful. I am weak. Go, Jesus, and find a more worthy soul, a more generous one.

Jesus : “You have become My Spouse for my love. You have come to India for Me. The thirst you had for souls brought you so far. Are you afraid now to take one more step for Your Spouse, for Me, for souls? Is your generosity grown cold? Am I a second to you? You did not die for souls. That is why you don’t care what happens to them. Your heart was never drowned in sorrow as was My Mother’s. We both gave our all for souls – and you? You are afraid that you will lose your vocation, you will become a secular, you will be wanting in perseverance. No – your vocation is to love and suffer and save souls and by taking the step you will fulfill My Heart’s desire for you. You will dress in simple Indian clothes or rather like My Mother dressed, simple and poor. Your present habit is holy because it is My symbol. Your sari will become holy because it will be My symbol.”

Mother : Give me light. Send me Thy own Spirit, which will teach me Thy own Will, which will give me strength to do the things that are pleasing to Thee. Jesus, My Jesus, don’t let me be deceived. If it is You who want this, give proof of it; if not, let it leave my soul. I trust you blindly. Will you let my soul be lost? I am so afraid, Jesus. I am so terribly afraid. Let me not be deceived. I am so afraid. This fear shows me how much I love myself. I am afraid of the suffering that will come through leading that Indian life – clothing like them, eating like them, sleeping like them, living with them and never having anything my way. How much comfort has taken possession of my heart.

Jesus : “You have been always saying, ‘Do with me whatever you wish.’ Now I want to act. Let me do it, My little Spouse, My own little one. Do not fear. I shall be with you always. You will suffer and you suffer now, but if you are my own little Spouse, the Spouse of the crucified Jesus, you will have to bear these torments in your heart. Let me act. Refuse me not. Trust me lovingly, trust me blindly.”

Mother : Jesus, my own Jesus, I am only Thine. I am so stupid. I do not know what to say, but do with me whatever you wish, as you wish, as long as you wish. I love you not for what you give, but for what You take. Jesus, why can’t I be a perfect Loreto Nun, a real victim of Your love, here? Why can’t I be like everybody else? Look at the hundreds of Loreto Nuns who have served You perfectly, who are now with you. Why can’t I walk the same path and come to you?

Jesus : “I want Indian Nuns, Missionaries of Charity, who would be my fire of love amongst the poor, the sick, the dying, and the little children. The poor I want you to bring to me and the Sisters that would offer their lives as victims of My love will bring these souls to Me. You are, I know, the most incapable person, weak and sinful, but just because you are that, I want to use you for My glory. Will Thou refuse?”

Jesus : “Little one, give me souls. Give me the souls of the poor little street children. How it hurts, if you only knew, to see these poor children soiled with sin. I long for the purity of their love. If you would only answer and bring me these souls. Draw them away from the hands of the evil one. If you only knew how many little ones fall into sin every day. There are plenty of Nuns to look after the rich and well to do people, but for my very poor, there are absolutely None. For them I long, them I love. Wilt Thou refuse?”

Let’s go and love Jesus in the poor today wherever Catholic Church you belong to.

St Teresa of Calcutta, pray for us!