TJPodcast: Taking a Hammer to Church

by | Dec 18, 2013 | TJPodcast

"Hammer Head," by Pete Prodoehl at Flickr

“Hammer Head,” by Pete Prodoehl at Flickr

“If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail,” wrote psychologist Abraham Maslow. One day, multitasking and brainstorming my way through a 45-minute Mass I “attended,” I realized that maybe I have a problem. A student and intern by day, my ‘hammer’ is efficiency and productivity – and it serves me well, I think. Maybe too well, though: what happens when everything else in life – my prayer, my relationships, and my recreation – what happens when even these become tasks, to-do’s; nails for the productivity hammer? What about laying down the hammer every once in a while?


Garrett Gundlach, SJ   /   All posts by Garrett