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Counting the Cost

Financial Decision-Making, Discipleship, and Christian Living

Clemens Sedmak and Kelli Reagan Hickey

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Counting the Cost

ISBN: 9780814669334, 6933

Details: 192 pgs, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 x 1/2
Publication Date: 04/24/2023
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What difference would Catholic Social Tradition make if it guided our personal and communal financial decision-making? The Sermon on the Mount reminds us of this fundamental decision-making when it comes to questions of faith and money: “No one can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth” (Matthew 6:24). In Counting the Cost, Clemens Sedmak and Kelli Reagan Hickey suggest a theological and spiritual discernment process for the everyday reality of budgeting and financial planning that explores the status of money and monetary values by reflecting on this gospel call.

Counting the Cost explains how Catholic Social Teaching provides a framework for our thinking around finances by answering questions such as: What does this fundamental decision look like in times of financial scarcity and stewardship responsibilities? How do the attitudes that Jesus invites us into shape the ways we make financial decisions? And how can budgeting be and become a way of discipleship for individuals, parishes, and dioceses? The book includes a range of financial decision-making examples and reconstructs them as decisions about priorities, values, and commitments to respond to the world and its material realities in a gospel-inspired way.

The Enacting Catholic Social Tradition series is dedicated to the systematic application of Catholic Social Teaching to real-world problems and issues. Written for both academics and pastoral practitioners who want to draw on and learn more about the rich resources of Catholic Social Tradition for the practical work of justice, the series aims to strengthen the capacity of the church to respond lovingly and well to the demands of the gospel.

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Clemens Sedmak is a professor of theology and Catholic social tradition advisor in the Center for Social Concerns at the University of Notre Dame. He is also a concurrent professor of social ethics and interim director of the Nanovic Institute for European Studies at the Keough School of Global Affairs.

Kelli Reagan Hickey is a writer and student of Catholic Social Tradition. She serves as the Director of Formation for the Francesco Collaborative, a team inspired by the Economy of Francesco Movement and the emerging solidarity economy. She holds a degree in economics from Yale University and completed her graduate studies at the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business.

ISBN: 9780814669334, 6933

Details: 192 pgs, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 x 1/2
Publication Date: 04/24/2023


“Don’t tell me your values, show me your budget! A great line in this book! To be credible in its social teaching, the church must apply it to itself. This book is an important milestone in this endeavor. The faithful have every right to expect that their donations are spent wisely, according to best business practices, and in the spirit of Catholic social teaching.”
Msgr. Martin Schlag, Moss endowed Chair for Catholic Social Thought, University of St. Thomas

"Counting The Cost is a source of great inspiration and practical ideas for everyone looking to lead their company or organization to create value through values. One often hears that Catholic Social Teaching is the church's best kept secret. I believe that with this book, Sedmak and Reagan Hickey have created a very readable and actionable book to change that."
Andreas Widmer, The Catholic University of America

"Readers will find significant thought-provoking material that can stoke positive and useful conversations about the relationship of faith and finance especially in Catholic institutions."
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