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Would you, in your charity, pray for your host? February 2, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin.

The company I work at is not doing well.  At all.  It has not been for a long time.  It never recovered from the telecom implosion of the early 00s.  Like Nortel and many others before it, it looks like our Japanese sponsors may finally have tired of running an operation in the US that loses money almost every year.

Sooo…..there is another round of layoffs.  This makes the 9th round I’ve experienced since coming back here in 2008.  An entire office in New York is being shut down.  It looks like the company is going to almost entirely abandon its local hardware and mechanical design teams.  There will be another round next month.  If I weather those, there will be a six-twelve month hiatus, if past experience is any guide.

There may be a small design staff kept going here locally for some time to support sustaining efforts, perhaps for a year or even several.  But I need wisdom to know whether this is finally the time to jump ship or if I should wait it out.  It’s much easier to find a job if you already have one.

I also, of course, have a baby on the way and a large family to provide for.  So if you would please, in your charity, pray for me and my family, that I may either weather this round of layoffs or find like employment elsewhere, I’d appreciate it.  Your prayers are so greatly appreciated.



1. oneholyapostolic - February 2, 2016

praying now

2. aquinas54 - February 2, 2016

Very happy to pray for you and the family in this difficult time. Already doing so for your baby. We can get by with fewer posts while you go on the job-hunting routine; it requires your attention! The economy around here is supposed to be booming, so I pray that is the case especially for your chosen field.

3. June St. James-Pfouts - February 2, 2016

Praying for the discernment you need, the wisdom, strength and peace needed every bit as much, and for God’s Holy Will in regard to the future of this company and decisions you face. Prayers for a safe and healthy pregnancy and birth of your new little one, the health and well being your wife and family.
In thanksgiving and gratitude for your solid Faith, speaking truth and keeping on top of what is truly taking place in our Holy Mother Church.

4. Murray - February 2, 2016

From one engineer to another: done.

5. gretchen dyer - February 2, 2016

Yes I will pray for you. My company was purchased last week and after almost 30 years things are uncertain as to our future. We are all facing some of these trials. May the Lord watch over you and help you thru this trial.

6. guy Mcclung - February 2, 2016

Will add to the ones we say to Our Lady Undoer Of Knots daily – and note Feb 11 approaching-will add to feast of Our Lady Of Lourdes prayers. Will say “Thy will be done” at Mass today, plus: ” please Lord, let it be some of your generous goodness for him and his family”.

7. Barry - February 2, 2016

Prayers. I’m afraid worldwide economy is looking darker.

8. Sir Louis - February 2, 2016

Yes, certainly I will have you in my prayers.

Tantumblogo - February 2, 2016

Thank you all. My regret is making demands of your charity yet again, but it is surely appreciated. There is talk that this company may fold up entirely after 35 years in the US. If our manufacturing goes, that is just what will happen, and for the first time ever, that is apparently on the table.

9. pablothemexican - February 2, 2016

Stand up like a man.

Commend your children to Our Lady and her Son.

Really mean it this time.

Roll up your sleeves put your shoulder to the wheel and toil harder and longer in the vineyard of Our Lord.

Get rid of all the trinkets you have purchased over the years and live in real poverty, depending entirely on graces provided by Our Lady.

Go to your company and tell your boss you want in on the next pink slips that someone with a family but no Faith can keep their job.

Let them know you will continue to pray mightily for everyone at the company and those that have lost their jobs.

Work from early morning ’till late night; your wife will stop regretting she married you and your children will brag about their daddy.

Our Lady will come to you in the morning with a hot cup of coffee to start your day (don’t give her that wimp crap that coffee is not good for you. She will slap your face. Hard).


10. Dana - February 2, 2016

I will certainly be praying for you and your family and will include your needs in the prayer requests and masses that Fr. Z offers. If you can find the time, please email me as there is something I would like to thank you for.

11. Mitchell H - February 2, 2016

You’ve got ’em! Been in that kind of employment situation before, and I think prayer was the only thing (well, that and my wife’s support) that convinced me not to worry, that everything would work out for the best. That it always has is surely more of a testament to Him than me!

12. Tim - February 2, 2016

Praying for you…please pray for my family with our current difficulties.
God Bless you.

13. Baseballmom - February 2, 2016

Praying for you and your dear family. My hubs has been through similar situations and every time has opted to “find another job” while still employed. For us this has worked well.

14. A Mom - February 2, 2016

Will keep you and your family in my prayers.

15. Ursula - February 2, 2016

We wil continue to pray for you and your family.

16. Don - February 2, 2016


17. Paul Mitchell - February 2, 2016

I’m happy to pray for you, but is there a way to contact you off-line?

18. Leah Chapman - February 2, 2016

Your blog is one of my favorites, it speaks in practical terms that resonates in my heart. I have been praying for you and will continue to do so. So glad that your wife’s pregnancy is still on cue. I wish you well and may God point out to you your future course.

19. tg - February 2, 2016

I will keep you in my prayers. May God give you the discernment you need. I know he has answered my prayers for discernment. My brother-in-law lost his job in Austin too. The company was not doing well. The team was dissolved and only the engineers and one tech stayed. He asked his boss to let the other tech stay because she is a single mother and he felt sorry for her.

20. Mrs. Maureen Avila - February 2, 2016

You have my prayers as one of my special intentions.
I have no other advice, except to continue pray for discernment to do the best thing for yourself and your family.

21. La Gallina - February 2, 2016

Yes! Happy to pray for you and your family.

22. Liz - February 2, 2016

I will be praying for you and your family daily. Your blog has been a tremendous blessing in my life. Thank you.

23. Faith of Our Fathers - February 2, 2016

I know what it’s like to lose jobs through redundancy it’s not nice .God Bless and take care.

24. ben - February 2, 2016

I said a prayer for you Tantum. Thanks for the blog. I would urge you to work for a company with sound fundamentals.

25. MFG - February 3, 2016

Offering some prayers and Mass intention tomorrow for you.

26. Brian E. Breslin - February 3, 2016

I promise, Tantum, and tomorrow’s Mass intention for you and the family. Good luck. I second the above about slowing or shutting down the blog for a while to focus in on this. Thanks for so much, man!

27. dymphna - February 3, 2016

I’ll pray for you. It seems like so many of us have become familiar with the sickening feeling of having to worry about what’s going on with the company.

28. ellen - February 3, 2016

I appreciate your blog so much. Have been praying for your new baby since you told us. I am sure you are asking St. Joseph’s help. Why not look for other opportunities in case there is something that might work. God bless you and your family.

29. Gary - February 4, 2016

🙏🙏⛪️ prayers going up Tantumblogo

30. guy Mcclung - February 4, 2016

“demands for charity”? Nope. Your request is a gift to all of us, truly. What you give away, and this includes prayers, is what you take with you to heaven. It lets us deny ourselves and try to help you take up your cross. Now, this may sound like the ultimate baloney sausage for one in your shape [BTW, been there, been here, done that, doing that], but consider starting your own business, your own company. It will get to the point here in the good ole USA that there are employers [here] and workers[ mostly not here]. Whatever you can do and/or whatever you can sell, esp something you can do or make, consider starting. And check out all that is available for small businesses etc. The hardest thing to do is to start thinking in terms of being in charge instead of working for someone else. God bless you; off again to daily Mass and will place you and your whole family on the altar at the Offertory. Guy McClung, San Antonio, Texas USA

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