For small businesses. We pray for small and medium sized businesses; in the midst of economic and social crisis, may they find ways to continue operating, and serving their communities.
When I think of small businesses I think of dreams. The creation and execution of a successful small business almost always reflects a dream that someone worked hard to make a reality. The Covid-19 pandemic threatened to wake us with a cold bucket of water and end that dream for good when we faced the shock of potentially seeing everything we had worked for coming to an end. Of course, we understood that for the health and safety of our communities, and to protect the lives of those who were the most vulnerable, shutting down for a period was a necessary sacrifice. A sacrifice that caused lot of small businesses to greatly suffer. As we emerge from the hard lessons of the past year, many of us are beginning to rebuild. Small businesses are finding the courage, strength, and tenacity to survive this disaster and come out on the other side stronger and more resilient than ever. But there is also a clear calling to renew our dreams and reshape our mission in a gesture of sincere gratitude to God.
Small businesses are the heart of the community. We have the power to bring people together in joy, create job opportunities and serve the common good. Let us pray that our small businesses will remain mindful of the proper use of natural resources to sustain and honor God’s beautiful earth, the ethical application of technology and the necessary responsibly to of creating for our workers an environment of fairness, equality, and dignity. As Pope Francis said, “Business is a noble vocation that can improve the world.” God, give us the grace to accept this responsibility and continue to make our beautiful dreams a reality!
Jeannie Gaffigan is a director, producer and comedy writer. She co-wrote eight comedy specials with her husband Jim Gaffigan, the last six of which received Grammy nominations. Jeannie was the head writer and executive producer of the critically acclaimed THE JIM GAFFIGAN SHOW which was loosely based on her and Jim’s life. She collaborated with Jim on the two New York Times Bestsellers, DAD IS FAT and FOOD A LOVE STORY. Jeannie’s own book, WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU PEARS, debuted on the New York Times Bestsellers List. Jeannie, with the help of her two eldest children and some other crazy moms, created THE IMAGINE SOCIETY, INC., a not for profit organization that connects youth-led service groups. Most impressively, she grew a tumor on her brain stem roughly the size of pear.
Jeannie presently lives in New York City with her five children, which feels more like 6 children if you include her husband Jim.