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By Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture, Oct 13, 2020

Jeffrey Mirus holds a Ph.D. in intellectual history from Princeton University. A co-founder of Christendom College, he also pioneered Catholic Internet services. He is the founder of Trinity Communications and See full bio.

One of the most delightful Biblical texts illustrating the role of human creativity in doing God’s will is found in Exodus chapter 17, where Jethro offers advice to Moses on a better human way to fulfill his Divine commission. For those of us who are not good at building organizations, the text is also a cautionary tale. The idea of extending what we perceive as a Divine calling through the action of a number of persons operating in a well-ordered manner—that is, the idea of developing an organization—is often foreign to the lone apostle. But it is not at all foreign to human work, and when we look more closely, we will find that an assessment of the human components appropriate to any particular Catholic mission is of vital importance.  …

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