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Rainer Zinn (from my Own Church) Blogs about the Sunday Readings

1 September 2009 Written by: Jorge Lazaro Diaz 2 Comments

I met today with the facilitators of the Back on Track Network (BOT) group I run. It’s the support group for out of work people that helped me out tremendously and inspired me to launch this blog. Rainer Zinn, one of my fellow BOT volunteers, and I were talking. Career Jockey came up and he told me that he blogged too. “What do you know?” I thought. “A fellow blogger that I actually know in the flesh.”

On a weekly basis, Rainer posts an article sharing his insight on the upcoming Sunday mass readings. He explains his understanding of the readings and does a good job of it. He started writing as a continuation of the Catholic education his wife Nora and he taught kids at home. It’s now a message he sends out to them across nine time zones. (They have settled all over the world.) His Sunday reading blog is fine for the rest of us too. I’ve included him in the Blogs I Like section of the site.

Career Jockey includes a number of articles covering spiritual topics. You can read my favorite one “Fender Bender Clear Sign I Need to Slow Down” which covers how far into craziness I’ll stoop before waking up and working my way back. I’ve got another one called “A Novena Worked When I Needed It.” In it I describe a specific spiritual exercise I have used to stay centered. That one has become a daily practice.

Sure you may think all this spiritual stuff is an odd fit for a blog about looking for work and keeping your career on track. But then again, what happens in your life when you get your priorities screwed up, work becomes king and you let your spouse, marriage and children down. I don’t know about you, but my work suffers. Go figure.

Referring back to Rainer, there have been times when I have made a spiritual practice out of reading the upcoming Sunday mass scriptures and reflecting on them throughout the week. I typically complement that with a resource like Rainer’s, prayer groups at my church and podcast’s like Life Teen’s Sunday, Sunday, Sunday (which isn’t just for teens) to help me see other people’s perspective on the readings. It gives my spiritual walk focus throughout the week and certainly prepares me for the Sunday service.

My point is to throw out some ideas that may be helpful for keeping you centered. The ideas in this post are obviously Catholic. That’s my background. I’ll soon be posting a few others that cover some other spiritual perspectives, but also focus on getting you out of yourself and into something much great outside ourselves. This has lead me to whole lot more clarity.

Here’s my request for you. Please share the practices you have found helpful in keeping yourself spiritually centered. What about them worked? What about them didn’t work?

Hope this helps!

Jorge Lazaro Diaz

Jorge Lazaro Diaz is the "Original" Career Jockey who started this blog and now serves as the Managing Editor. You'll find he enjoys focusing on professional and personal development articles and frequently covers motivational and spiritual topics.

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  • Sandra Valdes said:

    What helps me during difficult times is knowing that God watches over me everyday and that I am where he wants me to be. If I am going through a difficult time, it means that there is something I need to learn at that moment. So I pray to God to help me learn what ever it is I am supposed to be learning. Know that God is always with me and will never abandon me gives me strength to continue….

  • Bob Rouch said:

    I find that trying to attend daily Mass, reading scripture and listening to chritian or spiritual music, helps me to stay focused on what is most important in my life…God.
    Work is important but it is only one aspect of my life and does not define me as a person. My faith gives me definition, direction, peace and hope.

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