I want to introduce you to my wife, Meghan, and her passion to help Catholic women find their “dream fashion” look. In less than six months, she has quit her job at a fashion startup in San Francisco and started her own successful Catholic fashion styling firm.
Why is my wife’s story relevant to Catholic fundraising?
One of the most common questions I am asked is, “How can someone raise funds for their Catholic cause?” Case in point: My wife’s situation is no different than any Catholic looking to follow their passion and find financial stability.
In fact, examples of starting a Catholic business-apostolate are becoming so prevalent that it’s becoming as common as starting a nonprofit! I’ve spoken to many Catholics who are looking to leave the secular workforce and join or start a faith-based company that aligns with their moral values.
This is why my wife’s situation is a perfect example. As Meghan was piecing together how to launch her online fashion service, she reminded me of what it takes to raise funds, particularly when it involves a Catholic angle.
You can check out my wife’s website, MeghanAshleyStyling.com, for more info on her work.
After reflecting on how she left her secular job to run her own Catholic gig, I was reminded of three pieces of advice you too should follow if you want to start your own Catholic cause or business.
Advice #1: Move forward each day –
As they say, Rome was not built in a day. You have to set clear expectations for the time, energy and effort you want to put in to get things going. To do this, I recommend sitting down and writing out exactly what it is you want to accomplish. You may not be able to verbalize every aspect, but the act of getting things on paper is essential.
A great way to start each day is with morning prayer. Take the time to read and contemplate your Gospel reading. Consider what the Scripture passages are telling you and then connect that with the work you want to do that day.
From there, take action. By showing up each day to do the small things, you’ll make progress towards reaching your bigger goals.
As they say, Rome was not built in a day. You have to set clear expectations for the time, energy and effort you want to put in to get things going. To do this, I recommend sitting down and writing out exactly what it is you want to accomplish. You may not be able to verbalize every aspect, but the act of getting things on paper is essential. A great way to start each day is with morning prayer. Take the time to read and contemplate your Gospel reading. Consider what the Scripture passages are telling you and then connect that with the work you want to do that day. From there, take action. By showing up each day to do the small things, you’ll make progress towards reaching your bigger goals. #Catholic #catholics #catholichurch #vatican #saint #pope #popefrancis #catholicmemes #catholicmom #sacredscripture #tridentinemass #holytrinity #lifeofacatholic #Catholicfaith #catholicfamily #jesus #FaithfulRomanCatholic #mothermary #catholicrosary #holyfamily #catholicfaith #catholiclife #saint #saints #sacredscripture #jesuschrist #rosary #catholicrosary
Advice #2: Share, give, and connect –
You should make every effort to focus your attention on sharing your expertise, giving your best, and connecting people with resources and ideas that will help them. This is essential because all too often when we start something new, we focus our attention on what we need from others. Instead, flip that perspective around.
My wife has found that publishing a weekly blog which offers free ideas and tips on fashion has been one of the main reasons for her rapid success. Women enjoy learning from her and discovering that fashion is about much more than clothes.
Advice #3: Learn how to ask –
There’s an art to asking for money. Unfortunately, it’s not something we are taught at school or at home. To ask for a financial contribution, you’ve first got to overcome your fear of asking. This requires knowing exactly what you want and what you have to offer.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church is a wonderful resource for delineating such details. Check out Section Four: A Catholic approach to the ask.
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Being on the right path gets you there
Seeing Meghan learn the art of the ask, I’m reminded that asking is much more than a donate button or appeal letter. It’s relational.
When I read the Gospel each morning, two facts always inspire me. Jesus challenges me each day to contemplate the depth of His words and actions. No matter how many times I’ve read certain parables, each time I find a new depth to their meaning. Then Jesus always helps reconnect me with what I want to do with, and for, the Gospel. Each day, I see His connection anew.
So to conclude, if you have a dream, that you want to follow and where God wants to take you, then rely on these three simple pieces of advice to help you keep the faith to follow Him. Too often, when we think it’s financial stability that is holding us back, it’s actually our lack of stepping up to do our part.