The Sign On The Wall


Herman could hardly believe his ears. His long time friend, Alston, was telling him about a recent meeting he had with his manager. Alston was falling behind on some bills, and rather than trying to get another loan, he decided he would ask for a raise. After all, he had been with the company for over a decade, and he did make some sacrifices to help his company get through the early days of the pandemic.

“No,” Alston told Herman. “I didn’t get the raise, but I really am feeling good about it,” Alston said. “It must’ve been the sign on the wall that made me happy.”


In the Bible, Jesus tells His disciples that everything has a cost. He says that a person must count the cost of the venture before embarking on it (Luke 14:28).

While our Lord’s admonishment is not limited to business owners and managers, of course, it certainly does include them. Part of the cost of doing business is — or should be — paying a livable wage to all who give their time and talents to help make that venture a success.

That was Herman’s thinking, and he was surprised that his friend Alston had other ideas.


In spite of their differing opinions and values, Herman and Alston remain friends to this day. Herman prays for Alston and his family. He also prays for the sign maker where Alston works and the management team too.


That’s our story and we’re sticking to it. It’s cool to be Catholic. COOL2B!

In Christ.

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