Straightforward Career and Job Advice

Straightforward Career and Job Advice

It’s all too common for us to think of our work as either the thing that gives us our identity, or something to be avoided at all cost, or some unhealthy combination of those two misleading philosophies. In this video, Fr. Mike aims to bring inspiration to our everyday jobs by showing us how our labor can be a way to share in God’s nature. By striving to look past humanity’s brokenness and sin, we can move beyond seeing work as a burden, and see how every act of work has dignity.

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  1. Lucas Santoro on July 5, 2022 at 10:19 pm

    Mike, can you make a video on Cardinal Newman? Anything you want us to know about him and his work

  2. Pauline Kahn on July 5, 2022 at 10:20 pm

    Love your humor and insights Father! You are a blessing! Thank you

  3. Turbo Dood on July 5, 2022 at 10:20 pm

    I don’t agree. This glorifies busywork and nonwork that causes damage to our planet, as well as the wealth transfer from the poor to the elite via corporations.

    Please respond if you see this Father.

  4. Brendan Golledge on July 5, 2022 at 10:20 pm

    Our financial system is based on usury. The central bank creates money out of nothing and loans it at interest. The money to pay back the interest does not exist. This has several effects:
    –There can only either be periods of unsustainable growth of debt, or else rapid inflation to make the debt easier to pay.
    –Most businesses take out loans to get started. The money to pay back all those loans doesn’t exist. Therefore, at least some businesses have to go bankrupt in order for others to pay off their initial loans. This results in unnaturally high unemployment.
    –Since the USA has the world reserve currency, a great deal of our inflation is exported overseas in order to finance the trade deficit. A sustained trade deficit would be impossible without inflation. This makes things appear artificially expensive in the USA, which ruins domestic industries (uncompetitive high price of goods) and encourages immigration (artificially high wages for BS jobs).
    –Those who already own assets get richer, and those who don’t own assets find them increasingly impossible to afford (inflation is built into the system).

  5. Warren Burke on July 5, 2022 at 10:21 pm

    Father Mike, you truly are a Blessing!!

  6. Chi Sexton on July 5, 2022 at 10:21 pm

    I really needed this one. Thank you.

  7. Suraj Gaikwad on July 5, 2022 at 10:23 pm

    Awesome ! You are one of the divine Jesus I encountered. ThNks a lot father.
    Regards from Connecticut, US 🙂

  8. Lew Fez on July 5, 2022 at 10:25 pm

    The greatest downside to work is driving. When I am stuck in traffic, I feel depressed.

  9. Mercia Lortan on July 5, 2022 at 10:27 pm


  10. Todd Baumer on July 5, 2022 at 10:28 pm

    Very cool wisdom! Rad beard too Fr Mike!

  11. Frank0020 on July 5, 2022 at 10:29 pm

    I feel my like my job is very meaningless. I want to quit, even if is for less pay.

  12. Cynthia Ann Upham on July 5, 2022 at 10:30 pm


  13. ΟΡΕΣΤΗΣ on July 5, 2022 at 10:32 pm

    What about sex workers, crooks, drug dealers etc. ?

  14. w on July 5, 2022 at 10:33 pm

    Too many people are living above their means and are greedy. They have no patience and aren’t grateful and thankful for what they have. They don’t know the meaning of a dollar.

  15. TokesNation Propaganda Ministry on July 5, 2022 at 10:34 pm

    Dude you gotta lose the beard, it’s not working. You are way too handsome to be growing a beard like that man!

  16. Laura C on July 5, 2022 at 10:37 pm

    Every job has dignity because we do it for God

  17. Mike Godfree on July 5, 2022 at 10:38 pm

    Father I’ve labourd 18 years for our country , my grand fathers gave up their tomorrow for my today.
    Now a few years later my body aches in sacrifice what is my purpose

  18. Bianca Macias on July 5, 2022 at 10:38 pm

    Get to Work! 😀

  19. Icu2_999_hotel_hotel on July 5, 2022 at 10:39 pm

    this is when you know religion is a gimmick. talking heads on youtube. greeeeeeat. Zieg Hail Trumpler!

  20. Tishant Jeyamohan on July 5, 2022 at 10:39 pm

    Thank you for sharing ☺

  21. H W on July 5, 2022 at 10:41 pm

    I love the picture of Mary in the background- is there a story to it? Every time I listen to your talks, I focus so much on that picture. It draws my attention.

  22. Helen Rosario on July 5, 2022 at 10:41 pm

    So next when im doing dishes and cooking and cleaning for the millionith time i wont cuss again

  23. Kyle Murray on July 5, 2022 at 10:42 pm

    Hey…you’re the man…I needed to see this and hear this. Thank you Mike

  24. Hans Hoerdemann on July 5, 2022 at 10:42 pm

    When your work is to deforest the country to sell the wood.

  25. Herot on July 5, 2022 at 10:45 pm

    This video reminds me of John Maynard Keynes paying people to dig holes and then fill them back in.

  26. Rick J on July 5, 2022 at 10:45 pm

    Keep your own standards very high but when it comes to others, keep your expectations at zero or you will be disappointed.

  27. Hans Hoerdemann on July 5, 2022 at 10:47 pm

    This message is too generic. The industrial revolution is diabolic to turn human beings into automatons serving only materialism. It is Christian to avoid such a socio-economy. The Christian work is in farmer-craftsman socio-economy. But, in this diabolic world, that is very hard to find as every need and want of human beings is being made by the industrialized system in order to turn everything into a machine in which only numbers matter and not people.

  28. Scott Tape on July 5, 2022 at 10:52 pm

    This was something that I was having trouble with in the last 12 months. I am currently a college student and it took me forever to decide that and I have switched my major already within my first semester and now I am thinking of changing it again, going to a different school, or even quitting college altogether. I have a lot of interests and I am so fixated on trying to pursue the career that is perfect for me. This talk really helped me understand what my parents were telling me before when they said, "You don’t have to love your job or try to fit in to the perfect one." I still feel jittery about the discussion and am uncomfortable with my sense of work ethic and determination as well as commitment to a specific field. This video definitely helped even though I am still unsure if I should keep going (I am an accounting and finance major btw) because my grades are terrible and I have an idea of succeeding elsewhere. Maybe that is just part of my ego that I need to overcome.

  29. Ren on July 5, 2022 at 10:54 pm

    Okay, he’s the coolest priest I’ve ever seen! 🙂

  30. Devin Rain on July 5, 2022 at 10:54 pm

    I think good job/vocation advice for someone that might think that their interest or chosen job might not involve Christ traditionally, you can find a way to use Christ in anything. If you’re interested in something that’s not exactly seminary, don’t be discouraged! You can always involve Christ in any way.

  31. w on July 5, 2022 at 10:56 pm

    Work, work, work. Being The King isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

  32. Jean Lanz on July 5, 2022 at 10:57 pm

    Holy insights! Thank you, Fr Mike.

  33. w on July 5, 2022 at 10:58 pm

    Laziness and boredom creates mental illness.

  34. Chrissy N on July 5, 2022 at 10:59 pm

    Thank you Father. Just the answer I was looking for.

  35. Reggie Melonson on July 5, 2022 at 11:01 pm

    Thanks, Fr. Mike. I am 64 years old and I needed to hear that.

  36. Ingrid Felfly on July 5, 2022 at 11:02 pm

    I needed to hear this. Thank you so much! God bless!!!!

  37. Hans Hoerdemann on July 5, 2022 at 11:03 pm

    When your work is to propagandize people to atheistic Communism.

  38. Denise W. on July 5, 2022 at 11:04 pm

    I really appreciated this video. Such a good way to look at the work that we do.

  39. Adam Powell on July 5, 2022 at 11:05 pm

    A lot of work is exploitation or exploiting others. What are your thoughts on that?

  40. 4Tifier on July 5, 2022 at 11:08 pm

    I definitely needed to hear this now; especially as a recent graduate during COVID-19.

    Right now, the only steady job I have been able to get my hands on has been at a local Home Depot. I’m a Lot Associate part-time who’s going to be soon transferred to the electrical department.

    At first, I felt pretty much robbed after going to school for so long and hoping to get a fulfilling, full-time job that pays at least living wage (with benefits) right after graduation.

    So for me to only be able to get part-time, minimum-wage, shift-based work for high-schoolers and students that also required me to have a connection… That got to me for awhile.

    But honestly, after awhile, the work did become rather fulfilling, and I found myself enjoying my leisurely time a lot more and appreciating the money I earned because I worked hard and well to get every penny of my pay.

    Honestly, if I never had to worry about money, and could live on my own without having to live from paycheck to paycheck, I would probably keep the job for a long time.

    Hopefully once the pandemic is over I will be able to find a steady full-time job that can help me live on my own. Otherwise, I might look at the Army for some work.

  41. Kenneth Martinez on July 5, 2022 at 11:09 pm

    Definitely one of the best, if not the best, perspectives I’ve heard on work.

  42. Matthew Salvador on July 5, 2022 at 11:11 pm

    I enjoy all kinds of work rather paid or not. It’s the feeling that I get knowing my body was made to do labors. Tough or not i have have faith god is there by me. I give thanks for the way he made me.

  43. Anna T Marshall on July 5, 2022 at 11:12 pm

    Isnt God in the wine business? I mean scripture does tend to mention a vineyard a few hundred times.

  44. Sumi Marshall on July 5, 2022 at 11:12 pm

    I began to pray over taking a new job. It is a teaching job at my church’s school instead of the job teaching at a public school for 10k more. I would be taking a huge cut. My friend says I am wasting my time praying over this. When should we ask for God’s input if it isn’t when making life altering decisions?

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