Are Most Catholic Men Morally Obligated to Be Entrepreneurs?

Catholic Entrepreneurs

I’m about to get into some serious trouble here but it’s something that I truly believe needs to be honestly discussed. There are exceptions of course, but as a general rule Christian men ought to seriously discern whether or not they should earn a living for their family independent of an employer.  In fact, I would venture to say that the vast majority of men are called to some sort of entrepreneur venture, and I’ll explain in this article why.

There seems to be a general consensus among most Catholic men that the ideal way to provide for a family is to find a good job, in a good area, and spend the afternoons and weekends in leisure.  However, most folks forget that our modern 40-hour work week and earned pension way of life isn’t the norm in history.  In fact, you could say that the way men work and earn a living today is a fluke that seems to be fading away.

We men are called to protect, provide, and procreate (okay, I stole that from the Art of Manliness), and in each of those areas a boat load of Catholic men are dropping the ball.

Why?

Well, let’s look at why Catholic men are failing in each area because of the modern dependence on a paycheck.

Man’s Call to Protect

We are the stronger sex.  Sure there are some women out there than can dead lift 300lbs., but generally men are stronger than women.  God designed us to be the protectors of our family spiritually, physically, and in many other ways including financially.

The problem is that, while it’s nice to have a good job that pays for everything, there is a huge risk to most families that is glossed over for the sake of the norm.  Catholic families have mortgages just like everyone else, they have car loans like everyone else, and they rely solely on an employer like everyone else.  Well what happens when your employer lays you off?  Sure, dad/husband, you have savings but how long will that last you?

Who is the better protector, the man who lives and dies by a paycheck, or the man that has the skills to make money on his own should the need arise?

There is no excuse for not developing entrepreneurial skills other than nobody else is doing it.

Protect your family.  Start learning how business works.

Being the Provider

While the protection aspect of the man is more in the negative (i.e. don’t lose what you already have), we are also called to be providers.  Being a provider is more of a positive attribute in that we are giving to our family more than they had before.  Sure, it can also mean that we are giving them their basic needs, but a true Catholic man should be giving way more than that.

How can you provide your kids with the best education possible if you aren’t able to pay for it? How do you provide emotional, psychological, and spiritual stability if both parents are working to maintain a mortgage?  What kind of example are you giving if you spend 1 – 4 hours watching television after work even if it’s after the kids have gone to sleep?

As an entrepreneur, you are a living example of what it means to work hard and pray hard. (If you are balanced, of course).

Procreation and Man

My wife and I are afraid to go outside of the house.  Seriously.

As soon as we are out and about we always get barraged with the same questions and comments when people see us tugging around 5 children.  Yes, 5 children under 7.

  • “Wow you have your hands full.”
  • “Do you know how that happens?”
  • “You need a hobby”
  • “I don’t know how you do it”
  • “Are they all yours?”

After their comments they’ll follow up with some lame reason why they and their spouse decided that 1, 2, or 3, kids were enough and that they couldn’t imagine having more.  However, the majority of time the root of the issue is that kids are too expensive and too much work.

kids are too expensive because of the constraints of living for a paycheck.  They are too hard because they take away our Agents of Shield and Wheel of Fortune time. They get in the way financially and take away all of our fun.

Conclusion

Maybe I am being too hard on men.  Personally, I am having a blast with my business and it’s allowed my wife to stay at home and for us to raise a large and blessed Catholic family that works hard and plays hard.

Are you spending too much time watching television and lounging about? If so, maybe it’s time to make a change and start a side-business.

Are you working as hard as you can to protect, provide, and procreate?

“If we stand idly by, if we seek merely swollen, slothful ease and ignoble peace, if we shrink from the hard contests where men must win at hazard of their lives and at the risk of all they hold dear, then the bolder and stronger peoples will pass us by, and will win for themselves the domination of the world.” -Theodore Roosevelt”

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