Find strength in doing God’s will

By Vinal Van Benthem | August 27, 2014

The woman knew what they were doing, and she knew it was wrong. What she did not know was what she should do about it. So she went to her boss. What followed was not at all what she had expected. She had expected her boss to be surprised, perhaps even angry. But as she told him what she knew it became obvious that her boss had known about the mismanagement all along.

“You can’t let this get out; besides, it wouldn’t change anything.” She was in shock. She had come to him hoping for some kind of direction, some insight into what the next step might be. She had pictured the two of them marching into the president’s office to confront him with her evidence. Instead, barely able to believe her ears, she heard him say, “I suggest you go back to your office and forget everything you’ve told me.” “And if I don’t?” she asked. “Then it may become necessary for you to begin looking for employment elsewhere,” was his flat reply.

And so here she sat, across the table from this newspaper reporter, telling her story again. Only this time someone was listening. “What made you come forward?” the reporter asked. “You must have known you could lose any chance of ever working in your field again.”

“What made you come forward?” Hadn’t she asked herself the same question dozens of times? She’d thought about taking her boss’s advice and letting it go but she knew she’d never be able to live with herself if she did that. She knew that this was bigger than her job, perhaps even bigger than her industry. There was more to this than money or job security. Did she want to lose her job? Of course not. But “[w]hat profit would there be for [her] to gain the whole world …” to keep her job if, in exchange, she had to “… forfeit [her life]” and everything she believed in? How could she have faced her clients? How could she have looked in the mirror every morning?
“Whoever wishes to come after me …”

Van Benthem is a member of the Secular Franciscan Order and a longtime pastoral minister, retreat leader, spiritual director and published writer and poet.

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