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Business Secrets of the Trappist MonksOne CEO's Quest for Meaning and Authenticity$
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August Turak

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780231160629

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231160629.001.0001

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(p.127) 9 Faith
Business Secrets of the Trappist Monks

August Turak

Columbia University Press

This chapter explains how faith contributes to business success by highlighting the case of the Trappist monks of Mepkin Abbey. In business and our personal lives, it is usually fear of the unknown that keeps us from making the changes we need to make to meet life's challenges. We need faith in something bigger than ourselves to overcome this fear and face these challenges. Mepkin's success relies on faith. But this is not just the kind of faith we usually associate with a laundry list of theological beliefs. Instead it is the kind of faith that is implicit in the word “faithful.” Belief in a religious proposition, like the virginity of Mary, is a static model, but it is the dynamic model of faithfulness—faith in action—that is far more important to the business success of Mepkin Abbey. Faith at Mepkin is not just about theology. It means faithfully living out the mission regardless of where it leads and how scary things get. And if we want to share in their success, we must live the same way.

Keywords:   faith, business success, Trappist monks, Mepkin Abbey, faithfulness, theology, mission

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