Boom: 30 years of Holy Spirit action
It all began in a Holy Spirit-inspired moment in Rome almost 30 years ago. Tom Monaghan — then the owner of the fastest-growing restaurant franchise in American history — had just looked into the eyes of a future saint while receiving the Body of Christ.
Less than an hour later, the Domino’s Pizza founder got the idea for a membership organization for Catholic business leaders modeled after the Young Presidents’ Organization. That flash of genius — which Monaghan attributes to the Holy Spirit — has born tremendous fruit over the past 29+ years. Thousands of men and women in the U.S., Canada, Ireland, Poland, Honduras and elsewhere have joined Legatus and are more faithful Catholics as a result.
This issue of Legatus magazine is the final edition of Volume 29. In September, with Volume 30 Issue 1, we’re launching an exciting redesign of your membership magazine in anticipation of Legatus’ 30th birthday next year. The new look is cleaner and more modern. We’re adding a new column or two, and the departments will have a more streamlined look.
Why the change? To serve you better. We’ve chosen a more readable font for the body text and cleaned up the design in order to make the stories more accessible.
Our magazine is changing, Legatus’ membership is growing (see Monaghan’s article), and each of us, as followers of Christ, is also called to change by growing closer to the Lord every day — especially in these challenging times.
Our first pope exhorts us “to be on your guard not to be led into the error of the unprincipled and to fall from your own stability. But grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:17-18). This growth in holiness is essential in a culture that has “moved on” from the truths of our faith.
We must also take our cues from St. Paul, who advised Timothy to “be urgent in season and out of season, convince, rebuke, and exhort. Be unfailing in patience and teaching for the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears, they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own likings, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander into myths” (2 Tim 4).
If that sounds like our “progressive” 21st century, you’re right. I’m convinced that the Holy Spirit inspired these words for us — just as He inspired Tom Monaghan’s idea to start Legatus in 1987. Now it’s up to us to live for Jesus and do all that He asks us.
PATRICK NOVECOSKY is Legatus magazine’s editor-in-chief.