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October 6, 2011

Catholic Connections with Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs, who died on Wednesday, was not a Catholic, though he was baptized a Christian. In the last years of his life he practiced Buddhism. This post is not to delve into Job's religious practice but more to appreciate the life of a remarkable person who nevertheless reminds us of the trusted servants in the Gospel parable of the talents (Matthew 25:14–30) who used their God-given talents to the full.

Jobs also had an impact on Church life; like with any other organization in the world today much of the technology the Church now uses for record-keeping and communication can be attributed to Jobs.

As this current event remains in the consciousness of your students, consider drawing on some of the following links to enrich your lessons.

A Catholic Perspective on the Life of Steve Jobs

Vatican Reflections on Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs and the New Evangelization

A Right to Life Connection: Steve Jobs was adopted

Steve Jobs' Stanford Commencement Address: Three Important Lessons for Life (including living each day as if it were your last)

Steve Jobs' decision not to include porn on iPhones and iPad apps:

Steve Jobs' Impact on Church Life

Steve Jobs: Life Lessons for Catholic Leaders

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