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By Randy Hain, Integrated Catholic, March 4, 2021

Mr. Randy Hain is President of Serviam Partners (www.serviampartners.com) and is a sought-after executive coach and leadership consultant for business leaders and companies all over the country. 

I don’t know about you, but I rarely get through the day without feeling beaten up a little by the demands and pervasive negative influence of the world. It is difficult to find peace and block out the noise. I am challenged to avoid committing the same venial sins over and over each day. In my weakness, I tend to rely on my own strength rather than Christ. These are the times I feel the farthest away from heaven. Does this ever happen to you?

In those quiet moments of self-reflection when nobody is around, I wonder if we acknowledge to ourselves (and God) our frequent tendency to blindly follow the secular compass offered by the world instead of the path that leads to heaven.

Just take a moment and consider how many times a day we are influenced to desire or buy something we don’t need because of an advertisement or commercial. How often do we allow work and our pursuit of an illusory “better life” offered by modern culture divert us away from more meaningful time spent in prayer, investing in our families, or serving our communities.   …

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